"Reductio ad absurdum, which Euclid loved so much, is one of a mathematician's finest weapons. It is a far finer gambit than any chess play: a chess player may offer the sacrifice of a pawn or even a piece, but a mathematician offers the game."

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.

The winning of a pawn among good players of even strength often means the winning of the game.

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

― Dr. Seuss