I’m Ba-a-a-ack! (Math Quotes of the Week I)

[Rescued from my old blog.]

My computer and I seem to have come to a temporary truce: I pretend I’m never going to shut it off again, and it pretends it’s always going to come back if I do have to reboot. (Nope, no new computer in the offing at this point. We’re just at a cease fire here, until the next big thunderstorm throws a power outage at us…) So I thought it was high time for me to get back into the habit of blog posting.

And what better—or at least, what easier—way to get back into blogging that with a good quote or two? So here are my…

Mathematical Quotes of the Week

A great discovery solves a great problem, but there is a grain of discovery in the solution of any problem.


Mathematics has two faces: it is the rigorous science of Euclid, but it is also something else. Mathematics presented in the Euclidean way appears as a systematic, deductive science; but mathematics in the making appears as an experimental, inductive science. Both aspects are as old as the science of mathematics itself.

—George Polya
How to Solve It

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