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Henri Poincare
(1854-1912) born on
Apr 29
French mathematician. He was noted for contributions in many important areas of mathematics -- cosmology, relativity and topography.
         
   
F
Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.

R
To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
A
Ideas rose in clouds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination.
N
Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of useless contraptions and in constructing the useful combinations which are in infinite minority. To invent is to discern, to choose.
K
Thus, be it understood, to demonstrate a theorem, it is neither necessary nor even advantageous to know what it means . . . .
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Science & Hypothesis."
R: "La Science et l'hypothese."
A: "Mathematical Creation," 1908.
N: In "A New Dictionary of Quotations," by H.L. Mencken, 1942.
K: In "Rand Lindsly's HUGE Quotations File," an Internet collection of quotations.
   


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