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But leaving those of the Body, I shall proceed to such Recreation as adorn the Mind; of which those of the Mathematicks are inferior to none.

Pleasure with Profit, 1694.

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# Loci: Convergence

## Mathematical Quotations

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## Feynman, Richard Philips (1918 - 1988)

We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or describe how you had the wrong idea first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to get to do the work.

## Finkel, Benjamin Franklin

The solution of problems is one of the lowest forms of mathematical research, ... yet its educational value cannot be overestimated. It is the ladder by which the mind ascends into higher fields of original research and investigation. Many dormant minds have been aroused into activity through the mastery of a single problem.

## Fisher, Ronald Aylmer (1890 - 1962)

Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an exceedingly high degree of improbability.

## Fisher, Ronald Aylmer (1890-1962)

To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a postmortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.

## Fisher, Irving

The effort of the economist is to "see," to picture the interplay of economic elements. The more clearly cut these elements appear in his vision, the better; the more elements he can grasp and hold in his mind at once, the better. The economic world is a misty region. The first explorers used unaided vision. Mathematics is the lantern by which what before was dimly visible now looms up in firm, bold outlines. The old phantasmagoria disappear. We see better. We also see further.

## Flaubert, Gustave (1821-1880)

Since you are now studying geometry and trigonometry, I will give you a problem. A ship sails the ocean. It left Boston with a cargo of wool. It grosses 200 tons. It is bound for Le Havre. The mainmast is broken, the cabin boy is on deck, there are 12 passengers aboard, the wind is blowing East-North-East, the clock points to a quarter past three in the afternoon. It is the month of May. How old is the captain?

## Flaubert, Gustave (1821-1880)

Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.

## Fontenelle, Bernard Le Bovier (1657-1757)

Leibniz never married; he had considered it at the age of fifty; but the person he had in mind asked for time to reflect. This gave Leibniz time to reflect, too, and so he never married.

## Fontenelle, Bernard Le Bovier (1657-1757)

A work of morality, politics, criticism will be more elegant, other things being equal, if it is shaped by the hand of geometry.

## Joseph Fourier

Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.

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