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What are some famous (or infamous) math sayings?

It’s interesting to note that Proclus (410-485 C.E.) wrote, “Wherever there is number, there is beauty.” And he was definitely not the last to mention math in a sentence. There are plenty of mathematic jokes and sayings out in the world. Here are a few:

  • “Old math teachers never die, they just reduce to lowest terms.” Anonymous.
  • “How many mathematical logicians does it take to change a light bulb? None. They can’t do it, but they can easily prove that it can be done.” Anonymous.
  • “Time equals money.” Anonymous.
  • “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” Albert Einstein (1879–1955).
  • “Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.” David Hilbert (1862–1943).
  • “The Nobel Prize in mathematics was awarded yesterday to a California professor who has discovered a new number. The number is “bleen,” which he says belongs between six and seven.” George Carlin (1937–2008)


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