„Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.“

—  David Hilbert, Quoted in Mathematical Circles Revisited (1971) by Howard Whitley Eves
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„Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Context: Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little: it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. An Outline of Philosophy Ch.15 The Nature of our Knowledge of Physics (1927)

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„God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.“

—  Paul Dirac theoretical physicist 1902 - 1984
As quoted in The Cosmic Code : Quantum Physics As The Language Of Nature (1982) by Heinz R. Pagels, p. 295; also in Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac : Reminiscences about a Great Physicist (1990) edited by Behram N. Kursunoglu and Eugene Paul Wigner, p. xv

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„The nice thing about mathematics is doing mathematics.“

—  Pierre Deligne mathematician 1944
Pierre Deligne in: Philip Ball. "Mathematician wins award for shaping algebra: 2013 Abel Prize goes to Belgian Pierre Deligne, who proved a deep conjecture about algebra and geometry." in Nature, 20 March 2013

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„Mathematics is not just a language. Mathematics is a language plus reasoning.“

—  Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988
Context: Mathematics is not just a language. Mathematics is a language plus reasoning. It's like a language plus logic. Mathematics is a tool for reasoning. It's, in fact, a big collection of the results of some person's careful thought and reasoning. By mathematics, it is possible to connect one statement to another. chapter 2, “The Relation of Mathematics to Physics”

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„It is enigma enough that the world is described by mathematics; but by simple mathematics, of the sort that a few years energetic study now produces familiarity with, this is an enigma within an enigma.“

—  John D. Barrow British scientist 1952
Context: Scanning the past millennia of human achievement reveals just how much has been achieved during the last three hundred years since Newton set in motion the effective mathematization of Nature. We found that the world is curiously adapted to a simple mathematical description. It is enigma enough that the world is described by mathematics; but by simple mathematics, of the sort that a few years energetic study now produces familiarity with, this is an enigma within an enigma.<!--Ch. 1, p. 2

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