# „What does it take to be [a mathematician]?“

I Want to be a Mathematician: An Automathography (1985)

Contexto: What does it take to be [a mathematician]? I think I know the answer: you have to be born right, you must continually strive to become perfect, you must love mathematics more than anything else, you must work at it hard and without stop, and you must never give up.

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### „I do not write for mathematicians, nor as a mathematician, but as an economist“

— William Stanley Jevons, The Theory of Political Economy

Preface To The Second Edition, p. 7.

The Theory of Political Economy (1871)

Contexto: In short, I do not write for mathematicians, nor as a mathematician, but as an economist wishing to convince other economists that their science can only be satisfactorily treated on an explicitly mathematical basis.

### „Purely mathematical symbols have no meaning by themselves; it is the privilege of pure mathematicians, to quote Bertrand Russell, not to know what they are talking about. …It is the physicist, and not the mathematician, who must know what he is talking about.“

— Willem de Sitter Dutch cosmologist 1872 - 1934

Kosmos (1932)

### „… it is true that a mathematician who is not somewhat of a poet, will never be a perfect mathematician.“

— Karl Weierstrass German mathematician 1815 - 1897

... es ist wahr, ein Mathematiker, der nicht etwas Poet ist, wird nimmer ein vollkommener Mathematiker sein.

Letter to Sofia Kovalevskaya, August 27, 1883, as shared by Gösta Mittag-Leffler at the 2nd International Congress for Mathematicians in Paris. Compte rendu du deuxième Congrès international des mathematiciens tenu à Paris du 6 au 12 août 1900, Gauthier-Villars (Paris), 1902, page 149.

### „You must be painter who takes a canvas and does what he likes with it.“

— Michelangelo Antonioni Italian film director and screenwriter 1912 - 2007

Encountering Directors interview (1969)

Contexto: You must be painter who takes a canvas and does what he likes with it. We are more like painters in past centuries who were ordered to paint frescoes to specific measurements. Among the people in the fresco may be a bishop, the prince's wife, etc. The fresco isn't bad simply because the painter used for models people from the court of the prince who ordered and paid for it.

### „The poet's job is not to tell you what happened, but what happens: not what did take place, but the kind of thing that always does take place. He gives you the typical, recurring, or what Aristotle calls universal event.“

— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991

"Quotes", The Educated Imagination (1963), Talk 3: Giants in Time

### „First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.“

— André Weil French mathematician 1906 - 1998

As quoted in Comic Sections (Dublin 1993) by D MacHale

### „A philosopher who has no connection to geometry is only half a philosopher, and a mathematician who has no philosophical vein is only half a mathematician.“

— Gottlob Frege mathematician, logician, philosopher 1848 - 1925

Original: (de) Ein Philosoph, der keine Beziehung zur Geometrie hat, ist nur ein halber Philosoph, und ein Mathematiker, der keine philosophische Ader hat, ist nur ein halber Mathematiker.

Gottlob Frege: Erkenntnisquellen der Mathematik und der mathematischen Naturwissenschaften, 1924/1925, submitted to Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen; posthumously published in: Frege, Gottlob: Nachgelassene Schriften und Wissenschaftlicher Briefwechsel. Felix Meiner Verlag, 1990, p. 293

### „Every good mathematician is at least half a philosopher, and every good philosopher is at least half a mathematician.“

— Gottlob Frege mathematician, logician, philosopher 1848 - 1925

Attributed to Frege in: A. A. B. Aspeitia (2000), Mathematics as grammar: 'Grammar' in Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics during the Middle Period, Indiana University, p. 25

### „For the great majority of mathematicians, mathematics is“

— George Frederick James Temple British mathematician 1901 - 1992

100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981)

Contexto: For the great majority of mathematicians, mathematics is... a whole world of invention and discovery—an art. The construction of a new theorem, the intuition of some new principle, or the creation of a new branch of mathematics is the triumph of the creative imagination of the mathematician, which can be compared to that of a poet, the painter and the sculptor.

### „Mathematicians will do well to observe that“

— Carl Barus U.S. physicist 1856 - 1935

"The Mathematical Theory of the Top" (April 8, 1898)

Contexto: Mathematicians will do well to observe that a reasonable acquaintance with theoretical physics at its present stage of development, to mention only such broad subjects as electricity, elastics, hydrodynamics, etc., is as much as most of us can keep permanently assimilated. It should also be remembered that the step from the formal elegance of theory to the brute arithmetic of the special case is always humiliating, and that this labor usually falls to the lot of the physicist.

### „All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.“

— Thelonious Monk American jazz pianist and composer 1917 - 1982

Interview in Down Beat magazine (28 October 1971)

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

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

### „How do we convince people that in programming simplicity and clarity —in short: what mathematicians call "elegance"“

— Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002

are not a dispensable luxury, but a crucial matter that decides between success and failure?

1980s

Fuente: EWD648.

### „Whoever is versed in the jargon does not have to say what he thinks, does not even have to think it properly. The jargon takes over this task.“

— Theodor W. Adorno German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist known for his critical theory of society 1903 - 1969

Der des Jargons Kundige braucht nicht zu sagen, was er denkt, nicht einmal recht es zu denken: das nimmt der Jargon ihm ab und entwertet den Gedanken.

Fuente: Jargon der Eigentlichkeit [Jargon of Authenticity] (1964), p. 9

### „Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.“

— Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002

1970s, How do we tell truths that might hurt? (1975)

### „The next chapter is likely to provoke many mathematicians. This can't be helped. Mathematics is not what they think it is.“

— David Deutsch, libro The Fabric of Reality

Fuente: The Fabric of Reality (1997), Ch. 10

### „In their field they [mathematicians] do what we ought to be doing in ours. Therein lies the significant lesson … of their existence. They are an analogy for the intellectual of the future.“

— Robert Musil Austrian writer 1880 - 1942

Fuente: “Mathematical man” (1913), p. 42

### „A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems; a better mathematician is one who can see analogies between proofs and the best mathematician can notice analogies between theories. One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is one who can see analogies between analogies.“

— Stefan Banach Polish &Ukrainian mathematician 1892 - 1945

[Beata Randrianantoanina, Narcisse Randrianantoanina, Banach Spaces and Their Applications in Analysis: Proceedings of the International Conference at Miami University, May 22-27, 2006, in Honor of Nigel Kalton's 60th Birthday, http://books.google.com/books?id=1GiwqU-gB_kC&pg=PR5, 2007, Walter de Gruyter, 978-3-11-019449-4, 5]