a performance dialogue

Monday, March 17, 2008

Maths quotes

God created the integers, the rest is the work of man. Leopold Krnoecker

Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe. [A reference to the creation of a non-euclidean geometry.] Janos Bolyai

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

An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses a thought of God. Ramanujan

We can conceive of a chemistry that is different from ours, or a biology, but we cannot conceive of a different mathematics of numbers. What is proved about numbers will be a fact in any universe. Julia Robinson

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper. David Hilbert

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