„Mathematics is one of the essential emanations of the human spirit, a thing to be valued in and for itself, like art or poetry.“

—  Oswald Veblen, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 30 (1924), p. 289.
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—  Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
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„Poetry, like Art, is the oneness of the permanent opposites in reality as seen by an individual.“

—  Eli Siegel Latvian-American poet, philosopher 1902 - 1978
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—  Peter Farb American academic and writer 1929 - 1980
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—  George Sarton American historian of science 1884 - 1956
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„You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.“

—  Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
Context: Do you realize that people don't know how to read Kafka simply because they want to decipher him? Instead of letting themselves be carried away by his unequaled imagination, they look for allegories — and come up with nothing but clichés: life is absurd (or it is not absurd), God is beyond reach (or within reach), etc. You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself. Interview with Christian Salmon (Fall 1983), Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Series Seven [Viking, 1988, ], pp. 217-218

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„Pure mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
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„Our family are an alternate stratification of poetry and mathematics.“

—  Ada Lovelace English mathematician, considered the first computer programmer 1815 - 1852
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—  Jörg Immendorff German artist 1945 - 2007
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„Mathematical magic combines the beauty of mathematical structure with the entertainment value of a trick.“

—  Martin Gardner recreational mathematician and philosopher 1914 - 2010
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