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Bell, Eric Temple. 1883-1960. Scottish-American mathematician and professor at Caltech.

"With a literature much vaster than those of algebra and arithmetic combined, and at least as extensive as that of analysis, geometry is a richer treasure house of more interesting and half-forgotten things, which a hurried generation has no leisure to enjoy, than any other division of mathematics."
Coxeter and Greitzer 1967, Geometry Revisited, p. 1.

"The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry."
The Search For Truth.

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Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions."
In H. Eves Return to Mathematical Circles., Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1988.
 

 

 

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