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Eric Temple Bell

Geburtstag: 7. Februar 1883
Todesdatum: 21. Dezember 1960

Eric Temple Bell war ein schottisch-amerikanischer Science-Fiction-Autor und Mathematiker, der Bücher zur Geschichte der Mathematik und zahlreiche Arbeiten zur Zahlentheorie, Kombinatorik und Analysis veröffentlichte. Als Autor war er vor allem bekannt unter seinem Pseudonym John Taine. Wikipedia

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„The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so also can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular.“

—  Eric Temple Bell, buch Men of Mathematics

Men of Mathematics (1937)
Kontext: The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so also can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular.<!--1986 ed., p. 488

„Fashion as king is sometimes a very stupid ruler.“

—  Eric Temple Bell

Quelle: Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science (1938), p. 146
Kontext: Fashion as king is sometimes a very stupid ruler. As was observed a little way back, the kernel of Plücker's theory of geometric dimensionality is that the dimensionality of a given space is not an absolute constant, but depends upon the elements, accepted as irreducible, in terms of which the space is described.

„Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.“

—  Eric Temple Bell

Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 23-24. (1949), p. 161
Kontext: Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions. Then, in the alleged proof, be alert for inexplicit assumptions. Euclid's notorious oversights drove this lesson home.

„Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust on him should try to get on without it for a week.“

—  Eric Temple Bell

Quelle: Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science (1938), p. 226
Kontext: Some of his deepest discoveries were reasoned out verbally with very few if any symbols, and those for the most part mere abbreviations of words. Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust on him should try to get on without it for a week.

„The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future;“

—  Eric Temple Bell

Quelle: The Development of Mathematics (1940), p. 283
Kontext: The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future; and should analysis ever appear to be without or blemish, its perfection might only be that of death.

„Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth“

—  Eric Temple Bell

Quelle: Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science (1938), p. 291
Kontext: Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth; some of its rivals do. That science is in some respects inhuman may be the secret of its success in alleviating human misery and mitigating human stupidity.

„I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.“

—  Eric Temple Bell

Quelle: Mathematics: Queen and Servant of Science (1938), p. 274
Kontext: Some, of my unmathematical friends have incautiously urged me to include a note about the origin of modern calculating machines. This is the proper place to do so, as the Queen of queens has enslaved a few of these infernal things to do some of her more repulsive drudgery. What I shall say about these marvelous aids to the feeble human intelligence will be little indeed, for two reasons: I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.

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