"A chess problem is genuine mathematics, but it is in some way "trivial" mathematics. However, ingenious and intricate, however original and surprising the moves, there is something essential lacking. Chess problems are unimportant. The best mathematics is serious as well as beautiful-"important" if you like, but the word is very ambiguous, and "serious" expresses what I mean much better."

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