Mathematicians

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A mathematician is a person whose primary area of study and research is the field of mathematics.

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  • Quapropter bono christiano, sive mathematici, sive quilibet impie divinantium... cavendi sunt, ne consortio daemoniorum irretiant.
    • Translation: Therefore, a good Christian should beware that mathematicians, and any others who prophesy impiously... may be entangled in the companionship of demons.
    • St. Augustine, De Genesi ad Litteram
    • Augustine uses "mathematicians" in this context to refer mainly to astrologers and occultists using numerology.

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  • Die Mathematiker sind eine Art Franzosen; redet man mit ihnen, so übersetzen sie es in ihre Sprache, und dann ist es alsobald ganz etwas anderes.
    • Translation: Mathematicians are [like] a sort of Frenchmen; if you talk to them, they translate it into their own language, and then it is immediately something quite different.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
  • A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.
  • A topologist is one who doesn't know the difference between a doughnut and a coffee cup.
  • You know we all became mathematicians for the same reason: we were lazy.
  • The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.
  • There are two kinds of mistakes. There are fatal mistakes that destroy a theory; but there are also contingent ones, which are useful in testing the stability of a theory.
  • Some of you may have had occasion to run into mathematicians and to wonder therefore: How they got that way
  • Think Explore Solve Lookback.

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