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ERIC TEMPLE BELL
American (Scottish-born) mathematician
(1883 - 1960)

Abstractness, sometimes hurled as a reproach at mathematics, is its chief glory and its surest title to practical usefulness. It is also the source of such beauty as may spring from mathematics.
      - [Abstract]

It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
      - [Mathematics]

"Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
      - [Arithmetic]

The Handmaiden of the Sciences.
      - title of book, about mathematics
        [Mathematics]

I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.
      - "Mathematical Circles Adieu" by H. Eves
        [Machines]

Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.
      - "Return to Mathematical Circles" by H. Eves
        [Assumptions]

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract--and therefore, possibly also the more practical--it becomes.
      - "The Mathematical Intelligencer"
         (vol. 13, no. 1) [Abstract]

Wherever groups disclosed themselves, or could be introduced, simplicity crystallized out of comparative chaos.
      - Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science
         (p. 164) [Groups]


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