"It is a melancholy experience for a professional mathematician to find himself writing about mathematics. The function of a mathematician is to do something, to prove new theorems, to add to mathematics, and not to talk about what he or other mathematicians have done. Statesmen despise publicists, painters despise art-critics, and physiologists, physicists, or mathematicians have usually similar feelings: there is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds."

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.

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

― Dr. Seuss