Perhaps the most surprising thing about mathematics is that it is so amazing. The rules that we set at the beginning seem ordinary and inevitable, but it is impossible to predict their consequences. They were found only after long studies, that extended for centuries. Much of our knowledge is due to relatively few mathematicians such […]
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
Mathematics, seen in the right light, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
Aner Shalev (1958-)
I like […] freedom of mathematics. If physical or chemical studies must describe the real world. But in mathematics you can build your structures. You can walk in worlds created by the imagination of the people. You are not tied to the real world. It’s like being God in a sense. You can create worlds, […]
Pope Benedict XVI (1927-)
But if nature is really structured with a mathematical language and mathematics invented by man can come to understand it, this means that something extraordinary occurred: the objective structure of the universe and the intellectual structure of the human subject coincide […].