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Einstein, Albert (1879-1955)

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

The truth of a theory is in your mind, not in your eyes.

Butler, Nicholas Murray (1862-1947)

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.

Heisenberg, Werner (1901-1976)

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them.

Keynes, John Maynard (1883-1946)

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

Bohr, Niels Henrik David (1885-1962)

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.

Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)

It is not certain that everything is uncertain.

Poincare, Jules Henri (1854-1912)

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.  [As opposed to the quotation: Poetry is the art of giving different names to the same thing].

Bell, Eric Temple (1883-1960)

Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.

Lang, Andrew (1844-1912)

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than illumination.

da Vinci, Leonardo (1452-1519)

No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically.

Tolstoy, Lev Nikolaevich (1828-1920)

A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction.

Wiener, Norbert (1894 - 1964)

A professor is one who can speak on any subject - for precisely fifty minutes.

Chesterton, G. K. (1874 - 1936)

It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.

Aristotle (ca 330 BC)

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Bell, Eric Temple (1883-1960)

Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.

"Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics.

Anonymous

Referee's report: This paper contains much that is new and much that is true. Unfortunately, that which is true is not new and that which is new is not true. In H.Eves Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber, and Schmidt, 1988.  

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