### „A proven theorem of game theory states that every game with complete information possesses a saddle point and therefore a solution.“

— Richard Arnold Epstein American physicist 1927

Chapter Two, Mathematical Preliminaries, p. 36

— John von Neumann, Statement at the start of a classroom lecture, as quoted in 1,911 Best Things Anyone Ever Said (1988) by Robert Byrne.

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— Richard Arnold Epstein American physicist 1927

Chapter Two, Mathematical Preliminaries, p. 36

— Richard Hamming American mathematician and information theorist 1915 - 1998

Context: The idea that theorems follow from the postulates does not correspond to simple observation. If the Pythagorean theorem were found to not follow from the postulates, we would again search for a way to alter the postulates until it was true. Euclid's postulates came from the Pythagorean theorem, not the other way around.

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— Jean Dieudonné

Mathematics and Mathematicians (1992); published in Is Mathematics Inevitable? A Miscellany (2008), edited by Underwood Dudley, p. 3.

— Bernard Malamud American author 1914 - 1986

"Black is My Favorite Color", in Idiots First (1963)<!-- repr. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1964 -->, p. 29

— Paul Erdős Hungarian mathematician and freelancer 1913 - 1996

Widely attributed to Erdős, this actually originates with Alfréd Rényi, according to My Brain Is Open : The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos (1998) by Bruce Schechter, p. 155
Variant: A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.

— Jorge Amado, Gabriela, Clavo y Canela

— Howard P. Robertson American mathematician and physicist 1903 - 1961

— Nick Herbert 1936

Context: Bell himself managed to devise such a proof which rejects all models of reality possessing the property of "locality". This proof has since become known as Bells theorem. It asserts that no local model of reality can underlie the quantum facts. Bell's theorem says that reality must be non-local.
Chapter 12, Bell's Interconnectedness Theorem, p. 212

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— Pierre de Fermat French mathematician and lawyer 1601 - 1665

Note written on the margins of his copy of Claude-Gaspar Bachet's translation of the famous Arithmetica of Diophantus, this was taken as an indication of what became known as Fermat's last theorem, a correct proof for which would be found only 357 years later; as quoted in Number Theory in Science and Communication (1997) by Manfred Robert Schroeder

— Archimedes Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer -287 - -212 p. n. e.

— Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

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— Jakob Dylan singer and songwriter 1969

Context: I see myself as a traditionalist … I like traditional things. I like things of substance and value that have been proven. Conceptually, as the songs started to come together, I followed that lead, which is the language I work in.
Interview for Columbia Records (2010) http://www.columbia.co.uk/releases/1687/Jakob

— Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973

— Archimedes Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer -287 - -212 p. n. e.

— Jacob Bronowski Polish-born British mathematician 1908 - 1974

Part 1: "The Creative Mind", §9 ( p. 20 http://books.google.com/books?id=TeHXAAAAMAAJ&q=%22We+re-make+nature+by+the+act+of+discovery+in+the+poem+or+in+the+theorem+And+the+great+poem+and+the+deep+theorem+are+new+to+every+reader+and+yet+are+his+own+experience+because+he+himself+re-creates+them%22&pg=PA20#v=onepage)