# James Joseph Sylvester Quotes (12 quotes)

“It seems to be expected of every pilgrim up the slopes of the mathematical Parnassus, that he will at some point or other of his journey sit down and invent a definite integral or two towards the increase of the common stock.” ―James Joseph Sylvester Source/Notes: Sylvester's Mathematical Papers, Volume 2, page 214. |

“The object of pure Physic is the unfolding of the laws of the intelligible world; the object of pure Mathematic that of unfolding the laws of human intelligence.” ―James Joseph Sylvester Source/Notes: Memorabilia Mathematica by Robert Edouard Moritz, quote #129. |

“Number, place, and combination... the three intersecting but distinct spheres of thought to which all mathematical ideas admit of being referred.” ―James Joseph Sylvester Source/Notes: Sylvester's Collected Mathematical Papers, Volume 1, page 91. |

“As the prerogative of Natural Science is to cultivate a taste for observation, so that of Mathematics is, almost from the starting point, to stimulate the faculty of invention.” ―James Joseph Sylvester Source/Notes: A plea for the mathematician, Nature, Volume 1, page 261. |

“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” ―David Herbert Lawrence Source/Notes: Self-Pity (1929). Also in: The complete poems of D. H. Lawrence (1971 edition) |

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James Joseph Sylvester**Born:**September 3, 1814

**Died:**March 15, 1897 (aged 82)

**Nationality:**English

**Occupation:**Mathematician

**Bio:**James Joseph Sylvester FRS was an English mathematician. He made fundamental contributions to matrix theory, invariant theory, number theory, partition theory and combinatorics. He played a leadership role in American mathematics in the later half of the 19th century as a professor at the Johns Hopkins University and as founder of the American Journal of Mathematics.

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