Quotations about Mathematics and Physics
One factor that has remained constant through all the twists and turns of the history of physics is the decisive importance of the mathematical imagination.
Paul A. M. Dirac
On being asked what he meant by the beauty of a mathematical theory of physics, Dirac replied that if the questioner was a mathematician then he did not need to be told, but were he not a mathematician then nothing would be able to convince him of it.
Mathematics is music for the mind;
Music is mathematics for the soul.
The purpose of [mathematical] models is not to fit the data but to sharpen the questions.
a mathematician confided
How poor were we? Why, we were so poor we only had imaginary numbers to play with.
The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.
Werner von Braun
Basic research is when I'm doing what I don't know what I'm doing.
Some mathematician, I believe, has said that true pleasure lies not in the discovery of truth but in the search for it.
"...let's have a love poem, lyrical, pastoral, and expressed in the language of pure mathematics. Tensor algebra mainly, with a little topology and higher calculus if need be..."