Quotes by Eric Temple Bell

“Obvious” is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
– Eric Temple Bell

The longer math lives the more abstract and therefore, possibly also the more practical it becomes.
– Eric Temple Bell

Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth.
— Eric Temple Bell

Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us.
— Eric Temple Bell

Fashion as King is sometimes a very stupid ruler.
— Eric Temple Bell

The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.
– Eric Temple Bell

Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.
– Eric Temple Bell

Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust on him should try to get on without it for a week.
– Eric Temple Bell

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