# Eric Temple Bell cytaty

## Eric Temple Bell

**Data urodzenia:** 7. Luty 1883**Data zgonu:** 21. Grudzień 1960

Eric Temple Bell – amerykański matematyk szkockiego pochodzenia.

## Cytaty Eric Temple Bell

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

— Eric Temple Bell

Context: 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.
p. 146

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

— Eric Temple Bell

Context: 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.
p. 291

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

— Eric Temple Bell

Context: 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.
p. 274

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

— Eric Temple Bell

Context: 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.
Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 23-24. (1949), p. 161

### „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

Context: 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

### „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

Context: 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.
p. 226

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

— Eric Temple Bell

Context: 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.
p. 283

### „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 Temple Bell

The Search for Truth (1934), p. 191<!-- Baltimore, Reynal and Hitchcock -->

### „Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.“

— Eric Temple Bell

As quoted in [http://books.google.co.in/books?id=JNbKURWmODkC&pg=PA172 777 Mathematical Conversation Starters] (2002) by John de Pillis, p. 172