Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country. David Hilbert

Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.

Sometimes it happens that a man's circle of horizon becomes smaller and smaller, and as the radius approaches zero it concentrates on one point. And then that becomes his point of view. David Hilbert

Sometimes it happens that a man's circle of horizon becomes smaller and smaller, and as the radius approaches zero it concentrates on one point. And then that becomes his point of view.

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper. David Hilbert

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.

Some people have got a mental horizon of radius zero and call it their point of view. David Hilbert

Some people have got a mental horizon of radius zero and call it their point of view.

If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven? David Hilbert

If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?

Begin with the simplest examples. David Hilbert

Begin with the simplest examples.

For us there is no ignorabimus, and in my opinion none whatever in natural science. In opposition to the foolish ignorabimus our slogan shall be: "We must know - we will know!" David Hilbert

For us there is no ignorabimus, and in my opinion none whatever in natural science. In opposition to the foolish ignorabimus our slogan shall be: "We must know - we will know!"

If one were to bring ten of the wisest men in the world together and ask them what was the most stupid thing in existence, they would not be able to discover anything so stupid as astrology. David Hilbert

If one were to bring ten of the wisest men in the world together and ask them what was the most stupid thing in existence, they would not be able to discover anything so stupid as astrology.

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality. David Hilbert

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.

A mathematical problem should be difficult in order to entice us, yet not completely inaccessible, lest it mock at our efforts. It should be to us a guide post on the mazy paths to hidden truths, and ultimately a reminder of our pleasure in the successful solution. David Hilbert

A mathematical problem should be difficult in order to entice us, yet not completely inaccessible, lest it mock at our efforts. It should be to us a guide post on the mazy paths to hidden truths, and ultimately a reminder of our pleasure in the successful solution.

He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain. David Hilbert

He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.

The further a mathematical theory is developed, the more harmoniously and uniformly does its construction proceed, and unsuspected relations are disclosed between hitherto separated branches of the science. David Hilbert

The further a mathematical theory is developed, the more harmoniously and uniformly does its construction proceed, and unsuspected relations are disclosed between hitherto separated branches of the science.

One must be able to say at all times--instead of points, straight lines, and planes--tables, chairs, and beer mugs David Hilbert

One must be able to say at all times--instead of points, straight lines, and planes--tables, chairs, and beer mugs

Mathematics is a presuppositionless science. To found it I do not need God, as does Kronecker, or the assumption of a special faculty of our understanding attuned to the principle of mathematical induction, as does Poincaré, or the primal intuition of Brouwer, or, finally, as do Russell and Whitehead, axioms of infinity, reducibility, or completeness, which in fact are actual, contentual assumptions that cannot be compensated for by consistency proofs. David Hilbert

Mathematics is a presuppositionless science. To found it I do not need God, as does Kronecker, or the assumption of a special faculty of our understanding attuned to the principle of mathematical induction, as does Poincaré, or the primal intuition of Brouwer, or, finally, as do Russell and Whitehead, axioms of infinity, reducibility, or completeness, which in fact are actual, contentual assumptions that cannot be compensated for by consistency proofs.

Physics is becoming too difficult for the physicists. David Hilbert

Physics is becoming too difficult for the physicists.

One hears a lot of talk about the hostility between scientists and engineers. I don't believe in any such thing. In fact I am quite certain it is untrue... There cannot possibly be anything in it because neither side has anything to do with the other. David Hilbert

One hears a lot of talk about the hostility between scientists and engineers. I don't believe in any such thing. In fact I am quite certain it is untrue... There cannot possibly be anything in it because neither side has anything to do with the other.

Born: January 23, 1862

Died: February 14, 1943

Profession: Mathematician

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