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The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.

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# Loci: Convergence

## Mathematical Quotations

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## Valery, Paul (1871 - 1945)

In the physical world, one cannot increase the size or quantity of anything without changing its quality. Similar figures exist only in pure geometry.

## van Vleck, E. B.

This new integral of Lebesgue is proving itself a wonderful tool. I might compare it with a modern Krupp gun, so easily does it penetrate barriers which were impregnable.

## Veblen, Thorstein (1857-1929)

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

## Veblen, Thorstein (1857-1929)

Invention is the mother of necessity.

## Voltaire (1694-1778)

Vous avez trouve par de long ennuis
Ce que Newton trouva sans sortir de chez lui.
(You have found with much trouble
What Newton found without leaving his home.)
[Written to La Condamine after his measurement of the equator.]

## Voltaire (1694-1778)

He who has heard the same thing told by 12,000 eye-witnesses has only 12,000 probabilities, which are equal to one strong probability, which is far from certain.

## Voltaire (1694-1778)

There are no sects in geometry.

## von Neumann, John (1903 - 1957)

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

## John von Neumann

The calculus was the first achievement of modern mathematics, and it is difficult to overestimate its importance. I think it defines more unequivocally than anything else the inception of modern mathematics; and the system of mathematical analysis, which is its logical development, still constitutes the greatest technical advance in exact thinking.

## John von Neumann

Truth is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations.

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