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In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians.
Stephen Hawking
Me
Father
School
Thought
It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Mathematics
Men
True
Be True
It has been very rare to see a black woman as a protagonist. And also as three-dimensional people - mathematicians, mothers, wives, complicated people, not perfect.
Margot Lee Shetterly
Woman
People
Black
Not Perfect
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Mathematics
Written
Our next-door neighbour taught physics at Hampton University. Our church abounded with mathematicians. Supersonics experts held leadership positions in my mother's sorority, and electrical engineers sat on the board of my parents' college alumni associations.
Margot Lee Shetterly
Leadership
Mother
Parents
College
I would not dare to say that there is a direct relation between mathematics and madness, but there is no doubt that great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium, and symptoms of schizophrenia.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Mathematics
Great
Doubt
Madness
A dead tree, cut into planks and read from one end to the other, is a kind of line graph, with dates down one side and height along the other, as if trees, like mathematicians, had found a way of turning time into form.
Alice Oswald
Tree
Time
Down
Dead
We need scientists and mathematicians explaining why they are excited about their subjects but also why they are important for solving social problems, informing political debate and for the economy.
Marcus du Sautoy
Problems
Political
Debate
Important
The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
Graham Greene
Kindness
Truth
Value
Never
It would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth.
Daniel Bernoulli
Better
True
Physics
Earth
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All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.
Thelonious Monk
Musicians
Subconsciously
We don't have parades for mathematicians, we have parades for astronauts. You don't think about all the thousands of people who worked on that capsule and crunched the numbers and were integral in getting that into space.
Theodore Melfi
You
People
Think
Space
Artists realise that mathematicians have a way of looking at the world that can make them see things differently.
Marcus du Sautoy
World
Looking
Way
See
The greatest problem for mathematicians now is probably the Riemann Hypothesis.
Andrew Wiles
Problem
Now
Greatest
Hypothesis
Mathematicians didn't invent infinity until 1877. So they thought it was impossible that Africans could be using fractal geometry.
Ron Eglash
Thought
Impossible
Geometry
Infinity
Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate.
Leonhard Euler
Day
Believe
Mind
Never
I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future.
Andrew Wiles
Hope
Future
Mathematics
Problems
I worked in a number of high schools in New York, and I wound up at Stuyvesant High School, which is known nationally for producing brilliant scientists and mathematicians, but I had writing classes. I thought I was teaching. They thought I was teaching, but I was learning.
Frank McCourt
Learning
School
Thought
High School
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
Edsger Dijkstra
Mathematics
Better
Difficult
Pure
Most students who take math classes aren't going to be mathematicians. They're going to be engineers, statisticians - in many ways, that's the more important mission of math education.
Terence Tao
Education
Important
Engineers
Mission
Mathematicians are always playing tricks on each other. They're always pulling jokes on each other.
Jeremy Irons
Always
Jokes
Playing
Pulling
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Stand
Shoulders
Other
Each
Mathematicians are born, not made.
Henri Poincare
Born
Made
Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects.
Henri Poincare
Study
Objects
Between
Relations
I remember having this vague idea that what mathematicians did was that some authority, someone, gave them problems to solve, and they just sort of solved them.
Terence Tao
Problems
Remember
Someone
Authority
Mathematicians aren't satisfied because they know there are no solutions up to four million or four billion, they really want to know that there are no solutions up to infinity.
Andrew Wiles
Know
Want
Satisfied
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