Quotes on Mathematics

“How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?” — Einstein A

“In most sciences one generation tears down what another has built and what one has established another undoes. In mathematics alone each generation adds a new story to the old structure.” — Hankel H

“The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics.’’ — Hardy GH