Mathematical Quotes

Absolute, true, and mathematical time, in and of itself and of its own nature, without reference to anything external, flows uniformly and by another name is called duration. Relative, apparent, and common time is any sensible and external measure (precise or imprecise) of duration by means of motion; such as a measurefor example, an hour, a day, a month, a yearis commonly used instead of true time.
Isaac Newton 
The Mandelbrot set is the most complex mathematical object known to mankind.
Benoit Mandelbrot

Absolute, true and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature flows equably without relation to anything external.
Isaac Newton 
The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
Andrew Wiles 
The most important single thing about string theory is that it's a highly mathematical theory, and the mathematics holds together in a very tight and consistent way. It contains in its basic structure both quantum mechanics and the theory of gravity. That's big news.
Leonard Susskind 
Mathematical demonstrations being built upon the impregnable Foundations of Geometry and Arithmetick are the only truths that can sink into the Mind of Man, void of all Uncertainty; and all other Discourses participate more or less of Truth according as their Subjects are more or less capable of Mathematical Demonstration.
Christopher Wren 
I never use a computer.
Andrew Wiles 
Among the thousandandone faces whereby form chooses to reveal itself to us, the one that fascinates me more than any other, and continues to fascinate me, is the structure hidden in mathematical things.
Alexander Grothendieck

Bach was so mathematical and I liked this idea that you could have one instrument going, 'One, two, three, four', and then you have another instrument going, [double time] 'One, two, three four', and another instrument going, [doubled again] 'One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four', so you could add twos and fours and eighths, and that happens a lot in Bach.
Paul McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 
Mathematical Knowledge adds a manly Vigour to the Mind, frees it from Prejudice, Credulity, and Superstition.
John Arbuthnot 
A mind is accustomed to mathematical deduction, when confronted with the faulty foundations of astrology, resists a long, long time, like an obstinate mule, until compelled by beating and curses to put its foot into that dirty puddle.
Johannes Kepler 
In fact, I barely missed being number one in France in both schools. In particular I did very well in mathematical problems.
Benoit Mandelbrot 
God has the Big Book, the beautiful proofs of mathematical theorems are listed here.
Paul Erdos 
I hope no man takes what I said about the living and dieing of men for mathematical demonstration.
William Petty

The extraordinary fact is that the first idea I had which motivated me, that worked, is conjecture, a mathematical idea which may or may not be true. And that idea is still unproven. It is the foundation, what started me and what everybody failed to **** prove has so far defeated the greatest efforts by experts to be proven.
Benoit Mandelbrot 
The mathematical giant [Gauss], who from his lofty heights embraces in one view the stars and the abysses.
Farkas Bolyai 
Mathematical studies may serve for a pleasant entertainment for those hours which young men are apt to throw away upon their vices.
John Arbuthnot 
Here at Wisconsin we didn't get an undergraduate course in mathematical logic until the '60s.
Stephen Cole Kleene 
If a lunatic scribbles a jumble of mathematical symbols it does not follow that the writing means anything merely because to the inexpert eye it is indistinguishable from higher mathematics.
Eric Bell Thin Lizzy 
Traditionally, scientists have treated the laws of physics as simply 'given,' elegant mathematical relationships that were somehow imprinted on the universe at its birth, and fixed thereafter. Inquiry into the origin and nature of the laws was not regarded as a proper part of science.
Paul Davies

As a single atom man is an enigma: as a whole he is a mathematical problem. As an individual he is a free agent, as a species the offspring of necessity.
William Winwood Reade 
I had made an empirical discovery and it carried all the weight of a mathematical proof.
Paul Auster 
The name was supposed to be 'Googol,' which is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. It was before the Google spellchecker existed.
Sergey Brin 
When I speak of the beauty of a game of chess, then naturally this is subjective. Beauty can be found in a very technical, mathematical game for example. That is the beauty of clarity.
Vladimir Kramnik