**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.