Category Archives: mathematicians

Wisdom of Yajurveda

As are the crests on the crowns of peacocks,

As are the gems on the hoods of cobras,

So is mathematics at the helm of all Sciences.

— Yajurveda circa 400 BC

Wisdom of Bertrand Russell

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of paintings or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. — Bertrand Russell (1902)

Euclid, the one and only one

Euclid alone

Has looked on Beauty bare Fortunate they

Who, though once only and then but far away,

Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay (1923)

Wisdom of Paul Erdos

If numbers are not beautiful, I don’t know what is. Paul Erdos

Wisdom of Bill Thurston, Fields Medallist, Topologist

Thinking is seeing. Bill Thurston

Wisdom of Leopold Kronecker

God created the integers, all the rest is man-made. Leopold Kronecker

Wisdom of Plato

There is no royal road to geometry. — Plato

Wisdom of mathematician Lloyd Shapley, game theorist

It is very hard to be a good mathematician unless you can hold a single thought in your mind. — Lloyd Shapley, game theorist.

Wisdom of John Nash, Jr. Nobel Laureate, Abel Laureate genius mathematician

‘The only thing more important the power of the human brain is the courage of the human heart.” — John Nash, Jr., Nobel Laureate, Abel Laureate genius mathematician

A word about Hermann Weyl

“It is a crying shame that Weyl is leaving Zurich. He is a great master.” Thus, Albert Einstein described Hermann Weyl (1885-1955), who remains a legendary figure, “one of the greatest mathematicians of the first half of the twentieth century…No other mathematician could claim to have initiated more of the theories that are now being explored,” as Sir Michael Atiyah had put it once.