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, […]
Ian Stewart (1938-1985)
The craft of the mathematical tools are a pen and paper: as a result, no mathematician takes them with him, and should always borrow a pen and write on a napkin.
Eugene Wigner (1902-1995)
The language of mathematics is effective unreasonably in the natural sciences […] a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve.
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.