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Did Michel Rolle say that the calculus is “a collection of ingenious fallacies”?

It is probable that this quote was popularized by the writings of Morris Kline, e.g. in Mathematics for Liberal Arts (1967): [Michel Rolle] taught that the calculus was a collection of ingenious ...
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Did Einstein say “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them”?

According to various sources on the Web, Albert Einstein is likely to have said or written one of the following: Probleme kann man niemals mit derselben Denkweise lösen, durch die sie entstanden ...
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Kronecker's aphorism [duplicate]

The common translation of Kronecker's "Die ganzen Zahlen hat der liebe Gott gemacht, alles andere ist Menschenwerk" is something like "God made the integers, all else is man's handiwork." But I have ...
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Who did say that anyone who discover a new particle should be fined instead of receiving a prize?

I am almost sure I read once that a famous physicist said that anyone who discover a new particle should be fined instead of receiving a prize. The context was that at the time there was more and more ...
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How's Helmholtz correct that “Whoever in the pursuit of science, seeks after immediate practical utility may rest assured that he seeks in vain”?

I first saw this quote at the top of p. 186, Phonetics For Dummies (2013 1 ed). A secondary source: The Many Faces Of Science (2000). But I don't know the page number.   2: According to the classic ...
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A Peculiar Quote from an Engineer

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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Query re Physics-related quote about the amount of energy in water

In The Children's Encyclopedia, edited by Arthur Mee which was in print from 1908 to 1964 (Vol 3, p 1614), there is an essay about Energy in which the following is asserted: A man of science once ...
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Laplace's characterization of Gauss as “a super-terrestrial spirit in a human body”

The following words concerning Carl Friedrich Gauss are attributed to Laplace in an article from the Mathematics magazine by Teets and Whitehead (The discovery of Ceres: how Gauss became famous, first ...
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Source: quote about problem solving

I have an approximation of a quote lodged in my brain, and I'm looking to source it: Whenever you don't understand something, there is a simpler thing that you also don't understand. I am almost ...
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What did Farcas Bolyai write to his son?

There are famous quotes about what Farcas Bolyai wrote to his son Janos to persuade him not to study the "theory of parallels " or what is now known as hyperbolic geometry But not all translation of ...
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Paul Erdos' quote “Mathematics is not yet ready for such problems”

It is believed, and often cited, that in relation to the Collatz conjecture Paul Erdos once said "Mathematics is not yet ready for such problems". However, I have not found any credible reference for ...
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When did Grace Murray Hopper say “The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from?”

When did Grace Murray Hopper say "The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from?" This quote is attributed to her in many places (including in one of my books), ...
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Where did Galileo say “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. The point is to discover them.”?

I've heard it claimed Galileo said or wrote: All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. The point is to discover them. Where did he say this?
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Who is the philosopher Feynman cites as saying that existence of science requires the same conditions to produce the same results?

In part 6 of his lecture series "Character of Physical Law", Richard Feynman remarks: A philosopher once said, "It is necessary for the very existence of science that the same conditions always ...
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Poincare Quote Regarding Instability

Poincare wrote (english translation of the french) in 1903: ``A very small cause that escapes our notice determines a considerable effect that we cannot fail to see, and then we say that the effect is ...
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Which physicist defended the Superconducting Super Collider?

I remember reading a historical overview of particle accelerators, which had a section devoted to the ill-fated Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). The SSC was partially constructed, in the early ...
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Did Grothendieck really say that he felt “clumsy, even oafish, wandering painfully up an arduous track”?

Here I found the following quote, attributed to the great Grothendieck: Since then I’ve had the chance in the world of mathematics that bid me welcome, to meet quite a number of people, both among ...
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“Goofy ideas” of Harry Nyquist?

I was watching this lecture series by Dr. Richard Hamming on "Learning to Learn" and in this link, he describes Harry Nyquist as a great man who could do two things, you dont meet very often. He ...
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Is the “ques­tions that can’t be an­swered over an­swers that can’t be ques­tioned” quote by Feynman authentic?

In a lot of places I find this quote from Feynman: I would rather have ques­tions that can’t be an­swered than an­swers that can’t be ques­tioned. However, I cannot find any source of where it ...
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Source of Laurent Schwartz's quote about lobster and math

On the Wikipedia page about Laurent Schwartz, one can find the following quote: What are mathematics helpful for ? Mathematics are helpful for physics. Physics helps us make fridges. Fridges are ...
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Did Einstein really say: “If I were wrong, it would only take one.”

The story is that Einstein was shown a German newspaper that claimed "One hundred German physicists claim Einsteins theory of relativity is wrong." Einsteins reply was supposedly, "If I were wrong, it ...
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Darwin's theory of evolution quote?

A typical quote used to explain the theory of evolution by natural selection is: "Variation is a feature of natural populations and every population produces more progeny than its environment can ...
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Clausius regarding energy

Clausius somewhere wrote (in German): ``The energy of the world is constant.'' This is a well known quotation. What is the source, publication, the rest of the paper? [Obviously he was summarizing ...
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Did Einstein really say this quote about time? [closed]

This quote is commonly attributed to Albert Einstein, especially in: "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." However, there ...
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Source for Weierstrass's quote “Any function addition law is due to an elliptic curve lurking in the background.”

"Any function addition law is due to an elliptic curve lurking in the background." When I was reading about the origin of the concept of a genus, I came across a quote along these lines, I believe ...