You will find quotations
related to mathematics just below and at the bottom of this page. Each has
inspired me to think of the mathematical experience in some new way.

I
advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more
mathematics courses. They might be able to hear the sound of closing
doors.**-****--James Caballero**

**The only way to learn mathematics is to do
mathematics. --- Paul Halmos**

Dr. B.'s
e-mail (bill.barnier@sonoma.edu)

I am now retired.
My e-mail is still good if you wish to contact me.

Archimedes
will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and
mathematical ideas do not. --- G. H. Hardy

He
is unworthy of the name of man who is ignorant of the fact that the diagonal of
a square is incommensurable with its side. --- Plato

The
man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the
main forces of civilization. --- John Kemeny

Mathematics
as we know it and as it has come to shape modern science could never have come into being without some disregard for the dangers
of the infinite. --- David Bressoud

The
miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the
formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which
we neither understand nor deserve. We should be grateful for it and hope that
it will remain valid in future research and that it will extend, for better or
for worse, to our pleasure even though perhaps also to our bafflement, to wide
branches of learning. --- Eugene Wigner, The Unreasonable Effectiveness of
Mathematics

Descartes
Tangent Lines

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