"One of the first and foremost duties of the teacher is not to give his students the impression that mathematical problems have little connection with each other, and no connection at all with anything else. We have a natural opportunity to investigate the connections of a problem when looking back at its solution."

Born: December 13, 1887

Die: September 7, 1985

Occupation: Mathematician

If you cannot solve the proposed problem try to solve first some related problem.

The principle is so perfectly general that no particular application of it is possible.

If there is a problem you can't solve, then there is an easier problem you can't solve: find it.

A GREAT discovery solves a great problem but there is a grain of discovery in any problem.

The best of ideas is hurt by uncritical acceptance and thrives on critical examination.

An idea which can be used once is a trick. If it can be used more than once it becomes a method.

Mathematics consists in proving the most obvious thing in the least obvious way.

The open secret of real success is to throw your whole personality into your problem.

I am too good for philosophy and not good enough for physics. Mathematics is in between.

It is better to solve one problem five different ways, than to solve five problems one way.

When introduced at the wrong time or place, good logic may be the worst enemy of good teaching.

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss