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It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true. This statement is almost a tautology. For the energy of operation of a proposition in an occasion of experience is its interest and is its importance. But of course a true proposition is more apt to be interesting than a false one.

W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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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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