"No mathematician should ever allow him to forget that mathematics, more than any other art or science, is a young man's game. ... Galois died at twenty-one, Abel at twenty-seven, Ramanujan at thirty-three, Riemann at forty. There have been men who have done great work later; ... [but] I do not know of a single instance of a major mathematical advance initiated by a man past fifty. ... A mathematician may still be competent enough at sixty, but it is useless to expect him to have original ideas."

Born: February 7, 1877

Die: December 1, 1947

Occupation: Mathematician

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.

Cricket is the only game where you are playing against eleven of the other side and ten of your own.

I do not know an instance of a major mathematical advance initiated by a man past fifty

The study of mathematics is, if an unprofitable, a perfectly harmless and innocent occupation.

Sometimes one has to say difficult things, but one ought to say them as simply as one knows how.

I do not know an instance of a major mathematical advance initiated by a man past fifty

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

― Dr. Seuss