God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers.

**Paul ErdÅ‘s**

Life is more fun if you play games.

**Roald Dahl**

The human heart likes a little disorder in its geometry.

**Louis de Bernieres**

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.

**Rene Descartes**

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.

**David Hilbert**

To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.

**Stephen Hawking**

Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.

**Shakuntala Devi**

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.

**Georg Cantor**

The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.

**Andrew Wiles**

There may be aliens in our Milky Way galaxy, and there are billions of other galaxies. The probability is almost certain that there is life somewhere in space.

**Buzz Aldrin**

One of the things that ultimately led me to leave mathematics and go into political science was thinking I could prevent nuclear war.

**Paul Wolfowitz**

Our text-books have lately arrived at such perfection as to render explanations and lectures from the instructor altogether superfluous…

**F. J. Grund**

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

**Albert Einstein**

In the minds of perhaps a majority of persons, education still consists in the acquiring of certain facilities for particular purposes in life. But this does not deserve the name of education. A system of instruction adapted merely to this purpose, enslaves and degrades human nature. It reduces men to machines, by bringing up workmen for a manufactory…

The mind of the child is considered a mere receptacle, which is to be *stored* with knowledge. Its pliability is abused into a mechanical and spiritless routine… for in *receiving* knowledge, the pupil is merely passive.

**F. J. Grund**

You don’t have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers.

**John Nash**

We must say that there are as many squares as there are numbers.

**Galileo Galilei**

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.

**Henri Poincare**