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    If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do notrealize how complicated life is. ~John Louis von Neumann

    Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of

    the window and see the blue sky - or the answer is wrong and you have to start over andtry again and see how it comes out this time. ~Carl Sandburg

    Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. ~Albert Einstein

    Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.~Albert Einstein

    Black holes result from God dividing the universe by zero. ~Author Unknown

    Mathematics - the unshaken Foundation of Sciences, and the plentiful Fountain ofAdvantage to human affairs. ~Isaac Barrow

    I never did very well in math - I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn'tmeant my answers literally. ~Calvin Trillin

    I don't agree with mathematics; the sum total of zeros is a frightening figure.

    ~Stanislaw J. Lec,More Unkempt Thoughts

    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and thengiving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

    [A mathematician is a] scientist who can figure out anything except such simple thingsas squaring the circle and trisecting an angle. ~Evan Esar,Esar's Comic Dictionary

    "Every minute dies a man, Every minute one is born;" I need hardly point out to youthat this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world's population in a stateof perpetual equipoise, whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total isconstantly on the increase. I would therefore take the liberty of suggesting that in thenext edition of your excellent poem the erroneous calculation to which I refer should becorrected as follows: "Every moment dies a man, And one and a sixteenth is born." Imay add that the exact figures are 1.067, but something must, of course, be conceded tothe laws of metre. ~Charles Babbage, letter to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, about a couplet in

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    his "The Vision of Sin"

    Math is radical! ~Bumper Sticker

    There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein fieldequations, arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously to the page, a gossamer web.They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them, a string of squiggles. Yet to followthe delicate tensors as they contracted, as the superscripts paired with subscripts,collapsing mathematically into concrete classical entities - potential; mass; forcesvectoring in a curved geometry - that was a sublime experience. The iron fist of the real,inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics. ~Gregory Benford, Timescape

    It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half oftheir class. ~Author Unknown

    If two wrongs don't make a right, try three. ~Author Unknown

    Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head. ~Carl Sandburg,"Arithmetic"

    Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to yourpaper till you get the answer. ~Carl Sandburg, "Arithmetic"

    If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi.~Richard Preston

    Even stranger things have happened; and perhaps the strangest of all is the marvel thatmathematics should be possible to a race akin to the apes. ~Eric T. Bell,TheDevelopment of Mathematics

    So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, ifhis wit be called away never so little, he must begin again. ~Francis Bacon, "Of Studies"

    The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to makecomplicated things simple. ~S. Gudder

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    The human mind has never invented a labor-saving machine equal to algebra. ~AuthorUnknown

    The mathematics are distinguished by a particular privilege, that is, in the course of

    ages, they may always advance and can never recede. ~Edward Gibbon,Decline andFall of the Roman Empire

    Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics. ~Dean Schlicter

    It is not the job of mathematicians... to do correct arithmetical operations. It is the jobof bank accountants. ~Samuil Shchatunovski

    Trigonometry is a sine of the times. ~Author Unknown

    Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into astrange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. Rigour should be a signal to thehistorian that the maps have been made, and the real explorers have gone elsewhere.~W.S. Anglin

    A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. ~Paul Erdos

    Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, arefuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings. ~Alfred North Whitehead

    The tantalizing and compelling pursuit of mathematical problems offers mentalabsorption, peace of mind amid endless challenges, repose in activity, battle withoutconflict, "refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings," and the sort ofbeauty changeless mountains present to sense tried by the present-day kaleidoscope ofevents. ~Morris Kline,Mathematics in Western Culture

    Mathematics is as much an aspect of culture as it is a collection of algorithms. ~CarlBoyer, 1949, calculus textbook

    The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes thebrute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid didto geometry. ~Eric Bell, The Search for Truth

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    Sometimes it is useful to know how large your zero is. ~Author Unknown

    The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ~Eric

    Hoffer,Reflections On The Human Condition

    Mathematics is the only good metaphysics. ~William Thomson Baron Kelvin of Largs

    The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no goodevidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic. ~BertrandRussell

    Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being awarethat it is counting. ~Gottfried Leibniz

    How many times can you subtract 7 from 83, and what is left afterwards? You cansubtract it as many times as you want, and it leaves 76 every time. ~Author Unknown

    To most outsiders, modern mathematics is unknown territory. Its borders are protectedby dense thickets of technical terms; its landscapes are a mass of indecipherableequations and incomprehensible concepts. Few realize that the world of modern

    mathematics is rich with vivid images and provocative ideas. ~Ivars Peterson

    With my full philosophical rucksack I can only climb slowly up the mountain ofmathematics. ~Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value

    But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with thesame madness and genius. ~Harold Marston Morse

    Still more astonishing is that world of rigorous fantasy we call mathematics. ~GregoryBateson

    Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerablesubhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.~Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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    You may be an engineer if your idea of good interpersonal communication meansgetting the decimal point in the right place. ~Author Unknown

    The trouble with integers is that we have examined only the very small ones. Maybe allthe exciting stuff happens at really big numbers, ones we can't even begin to think aboutin any very definite way. Our brains have evolved to get us out of the rain, find wherethe berries are, and keep us from getting killed. Our brains did not evolve to help usgrasp really large numbers or to look at things in a hundred thousand dimensions.~Ronald L. Graham

    We could use up two Eternities in learning all that is to be learned about our own worldand the thousands of nations that have arisen and flourished and vanished from it.Mathematics alone would occupy me eight million years. ~Mark Twain

    Can you do Division? Divide a loaf by a knife - what's the answer tothat? ~LewisCarroll, Through the Looking Glass

    Mathematics is the supreme judge; from its decisions there is no appeal. ~TobiasDantzig

    Although he may not always recognize his bondage, modern man lives under a tyrannyof numbers. ~Nicholas Eberstadt, The Tyranny of Numbers: Mismeasurement and


    The mathematics are usually considered as being the very antipodes of Poesy. YetMathesis and Poesy are of the closest kindred, for they are both works of theimagination. ~Thomas Hill

    The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah30:26, "Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light ofthe Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days." Thus Heaven receives from the

    Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49) times as muchas the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all. The light we receive from the Moon isone 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that.... Theradiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation isjust equal to the heat received by radiation, i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat asthe Earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E)temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C). The exact temperature ofHell cannot be computed.... [However] Revelations 21:8 says "B