— Doron Zeilberger Israeli mathematician 1950
Context: Math is perfect (in principle), but mathematicians are not (because they are humans), hence the mathematics that (human) mathematicians do is influenced by the weltanschauung of the people around them. Computerized Deconstruction. Appeared in Adv. Appl. Math. v. 31 (2003), 532-543.
„... it is true that a mathematician who is not somewhat of a poet, will never be a perfect mathematician.“
... es ist wahr, ein Mathematiker, der nicht etwas Poet ist, wird nimmer ein vollkommener Mathematiker sein.
— Doron Zeilberger Israeli mathematician 1950
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Maxim 609, trans. Stopp
„Who has studied the works of such men as Euler, Lagrange, Cauchy, Riemann,, and Weierstrass, can doubt that a great mathematician is a great artist? The faculties possessed by such men, varying greatly in kind and degree with the individual, are analogous with those requisite for constructive art. Not every mathematician possesses in a specially high degree that critical faculty which finds its employment in the perfection of form, in conformity with the ideal of logical completeness; but every great mathematician possesses the rarer faculty of constructive imagination.“
— E. W. Hobson British mathematician 1856 - 1933
p. 290. ; Cited in: Moritz (1914, 184): Mathematics as a fine art.
— Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
„In other branches of science, where quick publication seems to be so much desired, there may possibly be some excuse for giving to the world slovenly or ill-digested work, but there is no such excuse in mathematics. The form ought to be as 102 perfect as the substance, and the demonstrations as rigorous as those of Euclid. The mathematician has to deal with the most exact facts of Nature, and he should spare no effort to render his interpretation worthy of his subject, and to give to his work its highest degree of perfection. “Pauca sed matura” was Gauss’s motto.“
— James Whitbread Lee Glaisher English mathematician and astronomer 1848 - 1928
p. 467 : On the perfection of math. productions
„Hence the ancient architects, following in the footsteps of nature, perfected the ascending rows of seats in theatres from their investigations of the ascending voice, and by means of the canonical theory of the mathematicians and that of the musicians, endeavoured to make every voice uttered on the stage come with greater clearness and sweetness to the ears of the audience. For just as musical instruments are brought to perfection of clearness in the sound of their strings by means of bronze plates or horn, so the ancients devised methods of increasing the power of the voice in theatres through the application of harmonics.“
— Vitruvius Roman writer, architect and engineer -80 - -15 a.C.
Chapter IV, Sec. 8
— Titian Italian painter 1477 - 1576
As quoted in A Dictionary of Art and Artists (1959) by Peter Murray and Linda Murray, p. 321.
„The word "Sanskrit" means "prepared, pure, refined or perfect". It was not for nothing that it was called the "devavani" (language of the Gods). It has an outstanding place in our culture and indeed was recognized as a language of rare sublimity by the whole world. Sanskrit was the language of our philosophers, our scientists, our mathematicians, our poets and playwrights, our grammarians, our jurists, etc. In grammar, Panini and Patanjali (authors of Ashtadhyayi and the Mahabhashya) have no equals in the world; in astronomy and mathematics the works of Aryabhatta, Brahmagupta and Bhaskar opened up new frontiers for mankind, as did the works of Charak and Sushrut in medicine.“
— Markandey Katju Indian judge 1946
On Sanskrit, as quoted in the transcript of a speech, titled "Sanskrit as a Language of Science" http://www.iisc.ernet.in/misc/bang_speech.html and delivered on 13 October 2009, published by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
— Michelangelo Buonarroti Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet 1475 - 1564
— Vanna Bonta Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist (1958-2014) 1958 - 2014
„We're all damaged in our own way. Nobody's perfect. I think we're all somewhat screwy. Every single one of us.“
— Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963
Context: I do have an affinity for damaged people, in life, in roles. I don't know why. We're all damaged in our own way. Nobody's perfect. I think we are all somewhat screwy, every single one of us. Quoted in Bernard Weintraub, "Playboy Interview: Johnny Depp," Playboy (May 2004)
„A poet knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519