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Eric Temple Bell
(1883-1960) born on
Feb 07
Scottish-US mathematician, educator, writer. He discovered several important theorems in the field of number theory, dealing with the properties of integers.
         
   
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Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.

R
Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality . . . creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
A
The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry.
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Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust upon him should try to get along without it for a week.
K
If a lunatic scribbles a jumble of mathematical symbols it does not follow that the writing means anything merely because to the inexpert eye it is indistinguishable from higher mathematics.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Return to Mathematical Circles," by H. Eves, 1988.
R: From an Internet collection of quotations.
A: In "The Search For Truth," p. 191, by R. Crayshaw-Williams.
N: In "Rand Lindsly's HUGE Quotations File," an Internet collection of quotations.
K: In "The World of Mathematics," ed. by J. R. Newman, 1956.
   


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