It's like asking why Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is beautiful. If you don't see why, someone can't tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If They aren't beautiful, nothing is.

Paul Erdos

That Mathematics could be a jewel may come as a surprise to those of us who struggled with multiplication tables as kids and now need help completing W-4 forms.

Paul Hauffman
The Man Who Loves Only Numbers
The Atlantic Magazine, November, 1987

It's the idea that counts true; but we need a name for the idea, so we can apply it more easily next time.

D.E.Knuth,
Surreal Numbers, Addison-Wesley, 1974

Mathematics is the science of patterns, and nature exploits just about every pattern that there is.

Ian Stewart
Nature's Numbers
BasicBooks, 1995

Nature's great book is written in Mathematical symbols.

Galileo

Mathematics is order and beauty at its purest, order that transcends the physical world.

Paul Hauffman
The Man Who Loves Only Numbers
The Atlantic Magazine, November, 1987

The advancement and perfection of Mathematics are intimately connected with the prosperity of the State.

Napoleon I
Cited by Theoni Pappas
The Joy of Mathematics
Wide World Publishing/Tetra, 1989

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