Mathematicians Of The Day

30th December

Quotation of the day

From Alfred North Whitehead
Through and through the world is infested with quantity: To talk sense is to talk quantities. It is not use saying the nation is large .. How large? It is no use saying the radium is scarce ... How scarce? You cannot evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and music, and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves.
Quoted in J R Newman, The World of Mathematics (New York 1956).