The best result of mathematics is to be able to do without it.

The above is a quote by Oliver Heaviside, an electrical engineer and mathematician. What does the quote really mean?

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    $\begingroup$ You can get more context for the quotation here (unfortunately I can't copy-paste): books.google.co.uk/… $\endgroup$
    – J.G.
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 6:51
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, page 47 of that reference covers it. $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2018 at 12:38

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Since I have no shame, I screen-shotted the reference that J.G. found:

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