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Arthur Eddington Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Arthur Eddington.

The mathematics is not there till we put it there.
- Arthur Eddington

The quest of the absolute leads into the four-dimensional world.
- Arthur Eddington

Shuffling is the only thing which Nature cannot undo.
- Arthur Eddington

Proof is an idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself.
- Arthur Eddington


Something unknown is doing we don't know what.
- Arthur Eddington

Who will observe the observers?
- Arthur Eddington

We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown.
- Arthur Eddington

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It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant
future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.
- Arthur Eddington

It is even possible that laws which have not their
origin in the mind may be irrational,
and we can never succeed in formulating them.
- Arthur Eddington

It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence
in the observational results that are put forward until
they are confirmed by theory.
- Arthur Eddington

If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters,
they might write all the books in the British Museum.
- Arthur Eddington

Probably the simplest hypothesis...
is that there may be a slow process of annihilation of matter.
- Arthur Eddington

We used to think that if we knew one,
we knew two, because one and one are two.
We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.
- Arthur Eddington

It is one thing for the human mind to extract from
the phenomena of nature the laws which it has itself put into them;
it may be a far harder thing to extract laws over which it has no control.
- Arthur Eddington

We have found that where science has progressed the farthest,
the mind has but regained from nature that which the mind put into nature.
- Arthur Eddington

Every body continues in its state of rest or uniform
motion in a straight line,
except insofar as it doesn't.
- Arthur Eddington

If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics,
I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to
collapse in deepest humiliation.
- Arthur Eddington

Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate.
One thing at least is certain, light has weight.
One thing is certain and the rest debate.
Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight.
- Arthur Eddington

We often think that when we have completed our study
of one we know all about two,
because "two" is "one and one." We forget that we still
have to make a study of "and."
- Arthur Eddington

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting
anything with perfect determinism because it deals
with probabilities from the outset.
- Arthur Eddington

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid
pregnancy by a resort to mathematics,
though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

As far as the laws of mathematics
refer to reality, they are not certain,
and as far as they are certain,
they do not refer to reality.
- Albert Einstein

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

At the age of 12, I developed an intense interest in mathematics.
On exposure to algebra, I was fascinated by simultaneous
equations and read ahead of the class to the end of the book.
- John Pople

In some parts of life, like mathematics and science,
yeah, I was a genius.
I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by.
- Steve Wozniak

The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom.
- Georg Cantor

We are servants rather than masters in mathematics.
- Charles Hermite

The most painful thing about mathematics is how far
away you are from being able to use it after you have learned it.
- James Newman

The study of mathematics, like the Nile,
begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.
- Charles Caleb Colton

When we were making the law, when we were writing the
literature and the mathematics the grandfarthers of
Blair and little Bush were scratching around in caves.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

But however measurable, there is much more life in
music than mathematics or logic ever dreamed of.
- Gabriel Marcel

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant,
of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.
- Marston Morse

Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic,
and relates to philosophy as do the arts,
music, and plastic art to poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates
interesting mathematics along the way -
even if you don't solve it at the end of the day.
- Andrew Wiles

I finally reached the conclusion that mathematics was
the study I was best fitted to follow,
though I did not clearly see in what way I should turn the subject to account.
- Simon Newcomb

I sort of was good at writing essays.
I was never very good at mathematics,
and I was never very good at algebra.
I loved science, but I wasn't sure of it.
- Diane Cilento

We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics.
Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that
they have good solutions.
- Whitfield Diffie

As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy,
as well as an apparent, perhaps a real,
anomaly, some account of it may be of interest.
- Simon Newcomb

Chess, like mathematics and music, is a nursery for child prodigies.
- Jamie Murphy

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must
be held of higher value than solving it.
- Georg Cantor

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.
- Paul Dirac

"Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
- E. T. Bell

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics.
I can assure you mine are still greater.
- Albert Einstein

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints
of mathematics and logic,
it never can talk only about what it's supposed to
talk about but is always spreading around.
- Howard Nemerov

We especially need imagination in science.
It is not all mathematics, nor all logic,
but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
- Maria Montessori

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that
special case which contains all the germs of generality.
- David Hilbert

We must always emphasize research and development of science and mathematics,
and I can think of no better way to achieve this than
through our future in space.
- Nick Lampson

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation,
the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone
of the highest excellence,
is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
- Bertrand Russell

Film is one of the three universal languages,
the other two: mathematics and music.
- Frank Capra

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple
rules with meaningless marks on paper.
- David Hilbert

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and
physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
- James J. Gibson

I had a liberal arts education at Amherst College where I had two majors,
mathematics and philosophy.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which
we never know what we are talking about,
nor whether what we are saying is true.
- Bertrand Russell

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.
- Henri Poincare

Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries;
for mathematics,
the cultural world is one country.
- David Hilbert

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that
it can never be fully learned.
- Izaak Walton

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies,
I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.
- Christopher Columbus

If mathematics is to be understood widely,
we need to emphasise its elegance and its applications.
Sometimes it seems that universities want to emphasise how difficult it is!
- Johnny Ball

The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the
laws of the intelligible world;
the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the
laws of human intelligence.
- James Joseph Sylvester

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity,
to which not only the actual word, but every possible word,
must conform.
- Bertrand Russell

For scholars and laymen alike it is not philosophy
but active experience in mathematics itself that can
alone answer the question:
What is mathematics?
- Richard Courant

James Brown is important because he decorates the clock
correctly and he's good with lower mathematics.
Don't get me wrong - he's good.
- Don Van Vliet

Thus, in a sense, mathematics has been most advanced
by those who distinguished themselves by intuition
rather than by rigorous proofs.
- Felix Klein

I read one or two other books which gave me a background
in mathematics other than logic.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics
and teaching mathematics.
- Simeon Poisson

Music at times is more like perfume than mathematics.
- Gabriel Marcel

The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past
in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.
- E. T. Bell

I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.
- G. H. Hardy

An early fascination with higher mathematics at the
university level blossomed into speculative thinking
that could provide a basis for dealing with economic issues.
- Lawrence R. Klein

Everyone knows what a curve is, until he has studied
enough mathematics to become confused through the countless
number of possible exceptions.
- Felix Klein

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