Quotes by: E. T. Bell

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Eric Temple Bell
Bell as pictured in Wonder Stories in 1931
Born (1883-02-07)February 7, 1883
Peterhead, Scotland, UK
Died December 21, 1960(1960-12-21) (aged 77)
Watsonville, California, USA
Residence United States
Nationality British
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Washington
California Institute of Technology
Alma mater Stanford University
Columbia University (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor Frank Nelson Cole
Cassius Keyser
Doctoral students Howard Percy Robertson
Morgan Ward
Zhou Peiyuan
Known for Number theory
Bell series
Bell polynomials
Bell numbers
Bell triangle
Ordered Bell numbers
Notable awards Bôcher Memorial Prize (1924)

The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.
E. T. Bell
It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
E. T. Bell
The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes.
E. T. Bell
Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.
E. T. Bell
Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
E. T. Bell
Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting, it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands what more than half a dozen are about.
E. T. Bell
If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper.
E. T. Bell
Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us.
E. T. Bell
I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.
E. T. Bell
The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular.
E. T. Bell
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