Andre Weil Quotes (10 quotes)
“First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.”
As quoted in Comic Sections (Dublin 1993) by D MacHale
“God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.”
As quoted in Mathematical Circles Adieu (Boston 1977) by H Eves
“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”
The Virtue of Selfishness (1964 edition), Penguin - ISBN: 9781101137222
“Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.”
To her pupils at Roanne in 1934. As reported in "Utopian pessimist: the life and thought of Simone Weil" (Poseidon Press, 1990) by David McLellan, p. 93
“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Earliest reference found in a webpage updated in 1997: http://web.archive.org/web/19980122214055/http://www.iwaynet.net/~wstocks/fun/seuss.html
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsAndre Weil
Born: May 6, 1906
Died: August 6, 1998 (aged 92)
Bio: André Weil was an influential French mathematician of the 20th century, renowned for the breadth and quality of his research output, its influence on future work, and the elegance of his exposition. He is especially known for his foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry. He was a founding member and the de facto early leader of the influential Bourbaki group.