„Mathematics is the gate and key of the sciences. … Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge, since he who is ignorant of it cannot know the other sciences or the things of this world. And what is worse, men who are thus Ignorant are unable to perceive their own ignorance and so do not seek a remedy.“

—  Roger Bacon, book Opus Majus, Opus Majus, c. 1267, cited in: Morris Kline (1969) Mathematics and the physical world. p. 1
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—  Richard Baxter English Puritan church leader, poet, and hymn-writer 1615 - 1691
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„The science of probability gives mathematical expression to our ignorance, not to our wisdom.“

—  Samuel R. Delany, Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones
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„Mathematics is the key and door to the sciences.“

—  Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642
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—  Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
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„The ignorance of science means the enforced ignorance of mankind.“

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„Science is the most real guide for civilisation, for life, for success in the world. To search for a guide other than science is absurdity, ignorance and heresy.“

—  Мустафа Кемаль Ататюрк Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and the first President of Turkey 1881 - 1938
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„The origin of all science is in the desire to know causes; and the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance.“

—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
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