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E. T. Bell
Scottish, Mathematician
Total Quotes : 13
Mathematics
Usefulness
Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
- E. T. Bell
Mathematics
Dangerous
Most
'Obvious' is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
- E. T. Bell
Argument
Taught
Examine
Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.
- E. T. Bell
Very
Pursuit
Formulas
The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular.
- E. T. Bell
Stupid
King
Very
Fashion as King is sometimes a very stupid ruler.
- E. T. Bell
Always
Machine
Ever
I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.
- E. T. Bell
Always
Been
Unresolved
The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.
- E. T. Bell
Lives
Longer
Practical
The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes.
- E. T. Bell
Game
Which
Making
If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper.
- E. T. Bell
Which
Disconcerting
It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
- E. T. Bell
Fifty
Brief
Half
Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting, it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands what more than half a dozen are about.
- E. T. Bell
Truth
Eternal
Absolute
Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth.
- E. T. Bell
Only
Makes
Shall
Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us.
- E. T. Bell
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