## A quotation by Bernt Holmboe

[Christopher] Hansteen declared that proofs should not be used in elementary teaching before it was necessary because, he argued, it invited students to memorize without understanding. To this, [Michael] Holmboe replied that one either has to prove all or nothing, as half a proof is worse than no proof.

Andreas Christiansen, Bernt Michael Holmboe (1795 1850) and his mathematics textbooks,

*BSHM Bulletin*

**24**(2009), 105-113.