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Among the minor, yet striking characteristics of mathematics, may be mentioned the fleshless and skeletal build of its propositions; the peculiar difficulty, complication, and stress of its reasonings; the perfect exactitude of its results; their broad universality; their practical infallibility.
"The Essence of Mathematics" in J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.
Leonardo da Vinci's Geometric Sketches
Swetz, Frank J., "Leonardo da Vinci's Geometric Sketches," Loci (March 2008), DOI: 10.4169/loci002559
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