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MATHEMATICS
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[ Also see Arithmetic Art Calculation Computers Data Geometry Logic Mathematicians Numbers Probability Reason Science Statistics ]

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.
      - William James

Medicine makes people ill, mathematics makes them sad, and theology makes them sinful.
      - Martin Luther

The study of the properties of numbers, Plato tells us, habituates the mind to the contemplation of pure truth, and raises us above the material universe. He would have his disciples apply themselves to this study, not that they may be able to buy or sell, not that they may qualify themselves to be shopkeepers or travelling merchants, but that they may learn to withdraw their minds from the ever-shifting spectacle of this visible and tangible world, and to fix them on the immutable essences of things.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Mathematics has not a foot to stand upon which is not purely metaphysical.
      - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater")

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Mathematics possesses not only truth, but also supreme beauty.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty--a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell,
        Philosophical Essays (no. 4)

As an exercise of the reasoning faculties, pure mathematics is an admirable exercise, because it consists of reasoning alone and does not encumber the student with any exercise of judgment.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately


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