Monday, May 9, 2011

quote for the day

"Modern mathematics deprecates mere ingenuity and seeks underlying general principles . . . An isolated solution obtained by ingenious artifices is more likely to be  evidence of incomplete understanding than a testamonial to perspicacity. The ingenious solver of special problems may still be a useful member of mathematical society, in that he turns up mysterious phenomenon for abler men to strip of their mystery" - E. T. Bell

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