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MATHEMATICIANS
[ Also see Geometry Mathematics Newton, Isaac ]

He is like the fox, who effaces his tracks in the sand with his tail.
      - Niels H. Abel,
        about Gauss' mathematical writing style, in "Calculus Gems" by G.F. Simmons

[I]t would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth.
      - Daniel Bernoulli,
        "The Mathematical Intelligencer"
         (vol. 13, no. 1)

A mathematician's reputation rests on the number of bad proofs he has given.
      - Abram Samoilovitch Besicovitch,
        "A Mathematician's Miscellany" by J.E. Littlewood

I was x years old in the year x^2.
      - Augustus de Morgan,
        when asked about his age,
        "In Mathematical Circles" by H. Eves

It is easier to square the circle than to get round a mathematician.
      - Augustus de Morgan,
        "In Mathematical Circles" by H. Eves

What is this frog and mouse battle among the mathematicians?
      - Albert Einstein,
        in "Mathematical Circles Squared" by H. Eves

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

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
      - Godfrey Harold Hardy


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