Quotations by Sir Harold Jeffreys


We have to come back to something like ordinary language after all when we want to talk "about" mathematics!

Nature does not consist entirely, or even largely, of problems designed by a Grand Examiner to come out neatly in finite terms, and whatever subject we tackle the first need is to overcome timidity about approximating.
Methods of Mathematical Physics

Some of the most important results (e.g. Cauchy's theorem) are so surprising at first sight that nothing short of a proof can make them credible.
Methods of Mathematical Physics


JOC/EFR February 2006

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