Leonhard Euler Quotes (11 quotes)
“For since the fabric of the universe is most perfect and the work of a most wise Creator, nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear.”
As quoted in The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (1986) by John D. Barrow and Frank J. Tipler, p. 150
In Berlin, excusing his taciturnity in conversation with the Queen Mother of Prussia, on his return from Russia; As quoted in Science in Russian Culture: A History to 1860 (1963) by Alexander Vucinich
“Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate.”
As quoted in Calculus Gems (1992) by G. Simmons
“To those who ask what the infinitely small quantity in mathematics is, we answer that it is actually zero. Hence there are not so many mysteries hidden in this concept as they are usually believed to be.”
As quoted in Fundamentals of Teaching Mathematics at University Level (2000) by Benjamin Baumslag, p. 214
Upon losing the use of his right eye in 1735; As quoted in: In Mathematical Circles (1969) by H. Eves
“Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.”
Conjecture regarding the nature of the air, so as to explain the phenomena observed in the atmosphere (1780)
“For the sake of brevity, we will always represent this number 2.718281828459... by the letter e.”
“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”
―Thomas Henry Huxley
Select Works of Thomas H. Huxley (J. B. Alden, Publisher, 1886 ), p. 339
“Youth is fair, a graceful stag,
Leaping, playing in a park.
Age is gray, a toothless hag,
Stumbling in the dark.”
―Isaac Leib Peretz
Sewing the Wedding Gown, 1906. Nine One-Act Plays from Yiddish. B. F. White, translated Boston, John W. Luce & Co., 1932, p. 127.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsLeonhard Euler
Born: April 15, 1707
Died: September 18, 1783 (aged 76)
Bio: Leonhard Euler (English approximation: Oiler) was a pioneering Swiss mathematician and physicist. He made important discoveries in fields as diverse as infinitesimal calculus and graph theory.