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Thoughts on Mathematics and Nature.

But there is another reason for the high repute of mathematics: it is mathematics that offers the exact natural sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not attain.
                                                                  Albert Einstein

Mathematical analysis is as extensive as nature herself.
                                                                  Joseph Fourier

No nature except an extraordinary one could ever easily formulate a theory.
                                                                  Plato

I regret that it has been necessary for me in this lecture to administer such a large dose of four-dimensional geometry. I do not apologize, because I am really not responsible for the fact that nature in its most fundamental aspect is four-dimensional. Things are what they are.
                                                                  Alfred North Whitehead

Everything in nature adheres to the cone, the cylinder and the cube.
                                                                  Paul Cezanne

Mathematics ... condescends to render service to astronomy and other natural sciences, but under all circumstances the first place is her due.
                                                                  Carl Friedrich Gauss

All the pictures which science now draws of nature and which alone seem capable of according with observational fact are mathematical pictures ... From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.
                                                                  James H. Jeans

All the effects of nature are only mathematical results of a small number of immutable laws.
                                                                  Pierre-Simon Laplace

The profound study of nature is the most fertile source of mathematical discoveries.
                                                                  Joseph Fourier

The latest authors, like the most ancient, strove to subordinate the phenomena of nature to the laws of mathematics.
                                                                  Sir Isaac Newton

I believe the geometric proportion served the creator as an idea when He introduced the continuous generation of similar objects from similar objects.
                                                                  Johannes Kepler

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.
                                                                  Albert Einstein

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