# Georg Cantor Quotes (17 quotes)

“In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.” ―Georg Cantor Source/Notes: In re mathematica ars proponendi pluris facienda est quam solvendi. - Doctoral thesis (1867) |

“I realize that in this undertaking I place myself in a certain opposition to views widely held concerning the mathematical infinite and to opinions frequently defended on the nature of numbers.” ―Georg Cantor Source/Notes: Grundlagen einer allgemeinen Mannigfaltigkeitslehre [Foundations of a General Theory of Aggregates] (1883) |

“The fear of infinity is a form of myopia that destroys the possibility of seeing the actual infinite, even though it in its highest form has created and sustains us, and in its secondary transfinite forms occurs all around us and even inhabits our minds.” ―Georg Cantor Source/Notes: As quoted in Infinity and the Mind (1995) by Rudy Rucker. |

“This view, which I consider to be the sole correct one, is held by only a few. While possibly I am the very first in history to take this position so explicitly, with all of its logical consequences, I know for sure that I shall not be the last!” ―Georg Cantor Source/Notes: As quoted in Journey Through Genius (1990) by William Dunham ~ ISBN 0471500305 |

“I entertain no doubts as to the truths of the transfinites, which I recognized with Gods help and which, in their diversity, I have studied for more than twenty years; every year, and almost every day brings me further in this science.” ―Georg Cantor Source/Notes: As quoted in Modern Mathematicians, (1995) by Harry Henderson. ~ ISBN 0816032351 |

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Georg Cantor**Born:**March 3, 1845

**Died:**January 6, 1918 (aged 72)

**Nationality:**German

**Occupation:**Mathematician

**Bio:**Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor was a German mathematician, best known as the inventor of set theory, which has become a fundamental theory in mathematics. Cantor established the importance of one-to-one correspondence between the members of two sets, defined infinite and well-ordered sets, and proved that the real numbers are more numerous than the natural numbers.

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