John Littlewood

John Littlewood

In passing, I firmly believe that research should be offset by a certain amount of teaching, if only as a change from the agony of research. The trouble, however, I freely admit, is that in practice you get either no teaching, or else far too much.More John Littlewood quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We come finally, however, to the relation of the ideal theory to real world, or "real" probability. If he is consistent a man of the mathematical school washes his hands of applications. To someone who wants them he would say that the ideal system runs parallel to the usual theory: "If this is what you want, try it: it is not my business to justify application of the system; that can only be done by philosophizing; I am a mathematician". In practice he is apt to say: "try this; if it works that will justify it".More John Littlewood quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I constantly meet people who are doubtful, generally without due reason, about their potential capacity [as mathematicians]. The first test is whether you got anything out of geometry. To have disliked or failed to get on with other [mathematical] subjects need mean nothing; much drill and drudgery is unavoidable before they can get started, and bad teaching can make them unintelligible even to a born mathematician.More John Littlewood quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Mathematics is a dangerous profession; an appreciable proportion of us go mad.More John Littlewood quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Before creation, God did just pure mathematics. Then He thought it would be a pleasant change to do some applied.More John Littlewood quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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