## Posts Tagged ‘**Definitions**’

## Math Definitions

Mathematics is made of 50 percent formulas, 50 percent proofs, and 50 percent imagination.

An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation to reality.A physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his equations. A mathematician doesn’t care.

Old mathematicians never die; they just lose some of their functions.

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.– J. H. Poincare

What is a rigorous definition of rigor?

There is no logical foundation of mathematics, and Gödel has proved it!

A topologist is a person who doesn’t know the difference between a coffee cup and a doughnut.

A statistician is someone who is good with numbers but lacks the personality to be an accountant.

Classification of mathematical problems as linear and nonlinear is like classification of the Universe as bananas and non-bananas.

A law of conservation of difficulties: there is no easy way to prove a deep result.

A tragedy of mathematics is a beautiful conjecture ruined by an ugly fact.

Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about.

Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules. Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.

Math is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.

Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state. (Plato)

Math is the language God used to write the universe.

God is real, unless proclaimed integer.

Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful. (Martin Luther)

The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell. (St. Augustine)

He who can properly define and divide is to be considered a god. (Plato)

“A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems” (P. Erdos)

“God geometrizes” says Plato. And here is the analytical continuation of this saying:

- Biologists think they are biochemists,
- Biochemists think they are Physical Chemists,
- Physical Chemists think they are Physicists,
- Physicists think they are Gods,
- And God thinks he is a Mathematician.