Euclid Quotes

Euclid Quotes by Augustus De Morgan, George Polya, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Farkas Bolyai, Carl Sandburg, Oliver Heaviside and many others.

The sacred writings excepted, no Greek has been so much

The sacred writings excepted, no Greek has been so much read and so variously translated as Euclid.
Augustus De Morgan
Mathematics has two faces: it is the rigorous science of Euclid, but it is also something else. Mathematics presented in the Euclidean way appears as a systematic, deductive science; but mathematics in the making appears as an experimental, inductive science. Both aspects are as old as the science of mathematics itself.
George Polya
Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Detest it as lewd intercourse, it can deprive you of all your leisure, your health, your rest, and the whole happiness of your life.
Having himself spent a lifetime unsuccessfully trying to prove Euclid’s postulate that parallel lines do not meet, Farkas discouraged his son JГЎnos from any further attempt.
Farkas Bolyai
I have in later years taken to Euclid, Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, in an elemental way.
Carl Sandburg
Euclid for children is barbarous.
Oliver Heaviside
Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid.
Arthur Conan Doyle
The primes are the raw material out of which we have to build arithmetic, and Euclid’s theorem assures us that we have plenty of material for the task.
G. H. Hardy
Euclid manages to obtain a rigorous proof without ever dealing with infinity, by reducing the problem [of the infinitude of primes] to the study of finite numbers. This is exactly what contemporary mathematical analysis does.
Lucio Russo
Euclid ‘s manner of exposition, progressing relentlessly from the data to the unknown and from the hypothesis to the conclusion, is perfect for checking the argument in detail but far from being perfect for making understandable the main line of the argument.
George Polya
The early study of Euclid made me a hater of geometry.
James Joseph Sylvester
We think of Euclid as of fine ice; we admire Newton as we admire the peak of Teneriffe. Even the intensest labors, the most remote triumphs of the abstract intellect, seem to carry us into a region different from our own-to be in a terra incognita of pure reasoning, to cast a chill on human glory.
Walter Bagehot
The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry.
Eric Bell
As to writing another book on geometry [to replace Euclid] the middle ages would have as soon thought of composing another New Testament.
Augustus De Morgan
If Euclid’s point, though incapable of being drawn by any human agency, has an imperishable value, my picture has its own for mankind to live.
Mahatma Gandhi
Euclid avoids it [the treatment of the infinite]; in modern mathematics it is systematically introduced, for only then is generality obtained.
Arthur Cayley
I was interviewed on the Israeli radio for five minutes and I said that more than 2000 years ago, Euclid proved that there are infinitely many primes.В  Immediately the host interrupted me and asked, ‘Are there still infinitely many primes?’
Noga Alon

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