Absent-Minded Quotes (4 quotes)

Absentminded Quotes

Absentminded Quotes

Dont talk to me of your Archimedes lever. He was an absent-minded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands all my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.

The questions we ask are "What?" and "How?" What are the facts and how are they related? If sometimes, in a moment of absent-mindedness or idle diversion, we ask the question "Why?" the answer escapes us.

The traditional mathematics professor of the popular legend is absentminded. He usually appears in public with a lost umbrella in each hand. He prefers to face a blackboard and to turn his back on the class. He writes

In order to solve this differential equation you look at it till a solution occurs to you.

This principle is so perfectly general that no particular application of it is possible.

Geometry is the science of correct reasoning on incorrect figures.

My method to overcome a difficulty is to go round it.

What is the difference between method and device? A method is a device which you used twice.

*a*, he says*b*, he means*c*, but it should be*d*. Some of his sayings are handed down from generation to generation:In order to solve this differential equation you look at it till a solution occurs to you.

This principle is so perfectly general that no particular application of it is possible.

Geometry is the science of correct reasoning on incorrect figures.

My method to overcome a difficulty is to go round it.

What is the difference between method and device? A method is a device which you used twice.

[Godfrey H. Hardy] personified the popular idea of the absent-minded professor. But those who formed the idea that he was merely an absent-minded professor would receive a shock in conversation, where he displayed amazing vitality on every subject under the sun. ... He was interested in the game of chess, but was frankly puzzled by something in its nature which seemed to come into conflict with his mathematical principles.