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Abel, Niels Henrik. 1802-1829. Norwegian mathematician

When asked how he developed his mathematical abilities so rapidly, he replied "by studying the masters, not their pupils."

About Gauss' mathematical writing style

He is like the fox, who effaces his tracks in the sand with his tail.
 "Calculus Gems" by G.F. Simmons

If you disregard the very simplest cases, there is in all of mathematics not a single infinite series whose sum has been rigorously determined. In other words, the most important parts of mathematics stand without a foundation.
 "Calculus Gems" by G.F. Simmons



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