Quotes from Presentations

“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”
—Stanley Gudder

“The human mind has never invented a labor-saving device greater than algebra.”
— J. W. Gibbs

“The book of nature is written in the language of mathematics.”
—Galileo (1564–1642)

“The smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which can be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language.”
—Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976)

“Physical reality is a mathematical structure and our universe is not just described by mathematics—it is mathematics!”
—Max Tegmark

“We are like fish, about to discover that there is water.” 
—Duncan Carlsmith

“If it weren’t for mathematics, we’d all still be living in caves.” 
—mathematics instructor

“Mathematics “runs” reality in the same way that Microsoft’s operating system runs a computer.”
—Clifford Pickover

Mathematics helps give you the intellectual stamina required to write an episode of The Simpsons.  We’re trying to tell a complicated story in a short amount of time and there are a lot of logical problems that need to be overcome.  It’s a big puzzle.”
—David X. Cohen

“Nothing trains you better and gives you more analytical skills than math.  That skill is useful in the craziest places.”
—Jeff Westbrook (Writer of The Simpsons)

“Mathematical modeling is a path to creativity.”
 —Stephen Merrill

“The best way to understanding is a few good examples.”
—Isaac Newton

“Students try to ‘concretize’ the concepts they learn in order to come to the concept as close as possible.”
—Regina Panasuk

“Our competitive advantage is actually our math skills, which is probably not something you would expect from a media company.”
—Max Levchin (CEO of Slide)

“Mathematics can lead us in a direction we would not take if we only followed up physical ideas by themselves.”
—Paul Dirac