„The goys have proven the following theorem…“

—  John von Neumann, Statement at the start of a classroom lecture, as quoted in 1,911 Best Things Anyone Ever Said (1988) by Robert Byrne.
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John von Neumann2
matematyk i informatyk amerykański pochodzenia węgierskiego 1903 - 1957

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„The idea that theorems follow from the postulates does not correspond to simple observation.“

—  Richard Hamming American mathematician and information theorist 1915 - 1998
Context: The idea that theorems follow from the postulates does not correspond to simple observation. If the Pythagorean theorem were found to not follow from the postulates, we would again search for a way to alter the postulates until it was true. Euclid's postulates came from the Pythagorean theorem, not the other way around.


„A mathematician, then, will be defined in what follows as someone who has published the proof of at least one non-trivial theorem.“

—  Jean Dieudonné
Mathematics and Mathematicians (1992); published in Is Mathematics Inevitable? A Miscellany (2008), edited by Underwood Dudley, p. 3. ISBN 0883855666

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„If you ever forget you are a Jew a goy will remind you.“

—  Bernard Malamud American author 1914 - 1986
"Black is My Favorite Color", in Idiots First (1963), p. 29

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„A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.“

—  Paul Erdős Hungarian mathematician and freelancer 1913 - 1996
Widely attributed to Erdős, this actually originates with Alfréd Rényi, according to My Brain Is Open : The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos (1998) by Bruce Schechter, p. 155 Variant: A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.

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„I see myself as a traditionalist … I like traditional things. I like things of substance and value that have been proven.“

—  Jakob Dylan singer and songwriter 1969
Context: I see myself as a traditionalist … I like traditional things. I like things of substance and value that have been proven. Conceptually, as the songs started to come together, I followed that lead, which is the language I work in. Interview for Columbia Records (2010) http://www.columbia.co.uk/releases/1687/Jakob

Nick Herbert Fotografia

„Bell's theorem says that reality must be non-local.“

—  Nick Herbert 1936
Context: Bell himself managed to devise such a proof which rejects all models of reality possessing the property of "locality". This proof has since become known as Bells theorem. It asserts that no local model of reality can underlie the quantum facts. Bell's theorem says that reality must be non-local. Chapter 12, Bell's Interconnectedness Theorem, p. 212

Pierre de Fermat Fotografia

„I have discovered a truly remarkable proof of this theorem which this margin is too small to contain.“

—  Pierre de Fermat French mathematician and lawyer 1601 - 1665
Cuius rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi hanc marginis exiguitas non caperet. Note written on the margins of his copy of Claude-Gaspar Bachet's translation of the famous Arithmetica of Diophantus, this was taken as an indication of what became known as Fermat's last theorem, a correct proof for which would be found only 357 years later; as quoted in Number Theory in Science and Communication (1997) by Manfred Robert Schroeder

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„We re-make nature by the act of discovery, in the poem or in the theorem. And the great poem and the deep theorem are new to every reader, and yet are his own experience, because he himself re-creates them.“

—  Jacob Bronowski Polish-born British mathematician 1908 - 1974
Part 1: "The Creative Mind", §9 ( p. 20 http://books.google.com/books?id=TeHXAAAAMAAJ&q=%22We+re-make+nature+by+the+act+of+discovery+in+the+poem+or+in+the+theorem+And+the+great+poem+and+the+deep+theorem+are+new+to+every+reader+and+yet+are+his+own+experience+because+he+himself+re-creates+them%22&pg=PA20#v=onepage)

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