Category Archives: miscellaneous

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

Madras, good old

And this is good old Madras,

The city of daal and curry,

Where the Iyers talk only to Iyengar,

And the Iyengars talk only to God.

Boston, good old

And this is good old Boston,

The home of the bean and the cod,

Where the Lowells talk only to the Cabots,

And the Cabots talk only to God.

Wisdom of Bill Thurston, Fields Medallist, Topologist

Thinking is seeing. Bill Thurston

Wisdom of Werner Heisenberg

The equation knows best. — Werner Heisenberg

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 Socrates

(1) Gnothi Seaton ( Know thyself ) (2) The only thing I know is that I do not know (3) I know therefore I am.