English Mathematician Quotes

175 English Mathematician quotes:

"Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years. So even if I was on the right track, I could be living in the wrong century."
"Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge."
"The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself."
"The greatest problem for mathematicians now is probably the Riemann Hypothesis."
"The only way I could relax was when I was with my children."
"Then when I reached college I realized that many people had thought about the problem during the 18th and 19th centuries and so I studied those methods."
"There are proofs that date back to the Greeks that are still valid today."
"There's also a sense of freedom. I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about if all the time - when I woke up in the morning, when I went to sleep at night, and that went on for eight years."
"We've lost something that's been with us for so long, and something that drew a lot of us into mathematics. But perhaps that's always the way with math problems, and we just have to find new ones to capture our attention."
"Well, some mathematics problems look simple, and you try them for a year or so, and then you try them for a hundred years, and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve."
"Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure."
"Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced."
"There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute. When they consist of a limited number of persons, eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of ambition to be admitted on their list."
"That particular odyssey is now over. My mind is now at rest."
"If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer."
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