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Great (but obscure) quotations #1

Today is the 97th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian born mathematician Paul Halmos. Aside from his work as a mathematician, he also contributed hugely to developing the communication of mathematics, a topic close to my heart.

But my favourite quotation from Halmos is this:

“Applied mathematics will always need pure mathematics just as anteaters will always need ants.”

As an engineer, I’m well behind that one.

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