Doing mathematics

From a review of Ian Stewart’s The Great Mathematical Problems, by Thomas Quinn in the Big Issue:

What is Fermat’s Last Theorem? If I told you, you wouldn’t believe me. But unravelling it, proving it to be true, that was enough to move one mathematician to tears. All that thinking, you see – it’s emotional.


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I count all the things that need to be counted.
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One Response to Doing mathematics

  1. Jon Awbrey says:

    τὰ δὲ μοι παθήματα ἐόντα ἀχάριτα μαθήματα γέγονε.

    Croesus, addressing Cyrus, says, “My sufferings, though painful, have been my lessons” (Herodotus, Histories 1.207).

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