In some parts of life, like mathematics and science, yeah, I was a genius. I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by.

Well, some mathematics problems look simple, and you try them for a year or so, and then you try them for a hundred years, and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve.

The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way - even if you don't solve it at the end of the day.

It could be that the methods needed to take the next step may simply be beyond present day mathematics. Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years.

I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual understanding of some part of mathematics that would clarify the particular problem I was thinking about.

I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future.

I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics dates from those early childhood days.

James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he's good with lower mathematics. Don't get me wrong - he's good.

Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics.

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist. I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.

The infinite in mathematics is alway unruly unless it is properly treated.

I finally reached the conclusion that mathematics was the study I was best fitted to follow, though I did not clearly see in what way I should turn the subject to account.

As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy, as well as an apparent, perhaps a real, anomaly, some account of it may be of interest.

Music at times is more like perfume than mathematics.

We must always emphasize research and development of science and mathematics, and I can think of no better way to achieve this than through our future in space.

I was fortunate to find an extraordinary mathematics and applied mathematics program in Toronto.

Life has obliged him to remember so much useful knowledge that he has lost not only his history, but his whole original cargo of useless knowledge history, languages, literatures, the higher mathematics, or what you will - are all gone.

One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics.

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.

It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.

If a challenge arises that needs mathematics to solve it, I like to be able to know how to do it. I do find solving some things entertaining.

The mathematics is not there till we put it there.

There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.

The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics.

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