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Good Point 2012-13

Wisdom, Serious and Silly

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1. “One may be a mathematician of the first rank without being able to compute. [And] it is possible to be a great computer without having the slightest idea of mathematics.

– Novalis

– Novalis

2. “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.”

- Einstein

- Einstein

3. “The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.”

- Bishop W.C. McGee

- Bishop W.C. McGee

4. “I will love you till the last digit of pi.”

- Unknown

- Unknown

5. “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”

- Einstein

- Einstein

6. “The essence of math is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

- S. Gudder

- S. Gudder

7. “Pure mathematics is the world’s best game. It’s more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It can be played anywhere – Archemedes did it in a bathtub.”

- Richard J. Trudeau

- Richard J. Trudeau

8. “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

- James Thurber

- James Thurber

9. "Number is the within of all things"

-- Pythagoras

-- Pythagoras

10. "A man is not rewarded for having a brain, but for using it."

- Unknown

- Unknown

11. “This sentence is false.”

12 “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”

- Eric Hoffer

- Eric Hoffer

13. “Half of all people are below average.”

14. “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”

- Richard Bach

- Richard Bach

15. The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

16. “Math is the queen of the sciences.”

- Gauss

- Gauss

17. “Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.”

- Carl Sandburg

- Carl Sandburg

18. “A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.”

- G.H. Hardy

- G.H. Hardy

19. “The speed of time is one second per second.”

-- Unknown

-- Unknown

20. “If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.”

- von Neumann

- von Neumann