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Thoughts on Mathematics and Science.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!", but "That's funny..."
                                                                    Isaac Asimov

It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.
                                                                    Thomas Carlyle

We must admit with humility that, while number is purely a product of our minds, space has a reality outside our minds.
                                                                    Carl Friedrich Gauss

Black holes are where God divided by zero.
                                                                    Steven Wright

As are the crests on the heads of peacocks, as are the gems on the hoods of cobras, so is mathematics at the top of all sciences.
                                                                    The Yajurveda, c. 600 bce

For he who knows not mathematics cannot know any other science; what is more, he cannot discover his own ignorance, or find it's proper remedy.
                                                                    Roger Bacon

Mathematics is both the door and the key to the sciences.
                                                                    Roger Bacon

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.
                                                                    Galileo Galilei

Every new body of discovery is mathematical in form, because there is no other guidance we can have.
                                                                    Charles Darwin

In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of an individual.
                                                                    Galileo Galilei

In mathematics we find the primitive source of rationality; and to mathematics must the biologists resort for means to carry out their researches.
                                                                    Auguste Comte

While the Mathematician is busy with deductions from general propositions, the Biologist is more especially occupied with observation, comparison, and those processes which lead to general propositions.
                                                                    Thomas Henry Huxley

Mathematics is the science of what is clear by itself.
                                                                    Carl Jacobi

The theory of groups is a branch of mathematics in which one does something to something and then compares the results with the result of doing the same thing to something else, or something else to the same thing.
                                                                    James Newman

The things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.
                                                                    Roger Bacon

The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment ... we are told that by its aid the stars are weighed and the billion of molecules in a drop of water are counted. Yet, like the ghost of Hamlet's father, this great science eludes the efforts of our mental weapons to grasp it.
                                                                    Alfred North Whitehead

Ordinary language is totally unsuited for expressing what physics really asserts, since the words of everyday life are not sufficiently abstract. Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.
                                                                    Bertrand Russell

Such is the advantage of a well-constructed language that its simplified notation often becomes the source of profound theories.
                                                                    Pierre-Simon Laplace

Research is the act of going up alleys to see if they are blind.

The only thing you will ever be able to say in the so-called 'social' sciences is: "some do, some don't."
                                                                    Ernest Rutherford

In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time.
                                                                    Edward P. Tryon