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Moritz Benedikt Cantor
(23 Aug 1829 - 10 Apr 1920)

German historian of mathematics.


Science Quotes by Moritz Benedikt Cantor (2 quotes)

Gauss once said, “Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and number theory the queen of mathematics.” If this is true we may add that the Disquisitions is the Magna Charter of number theory.
— Moritz Benedikt Cantor
In Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (1878, 8, 435. As cited and translated in Robert Ιdouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-book (1914), 158.
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The advantage which science gained by Gauss’ long-lingering method of publication is this: What he put into print is as true and important today as when first published; his publications are statutes, superior to other human statutes in this, that nowhere and never has a single error been detected in them. This justifies and makes intelligible the pride with which Gauss said in the evening of his life of the first larger work of his youth: “The Disquisitiones arithmeticae belong to history.”
— Moritz Benedikt Cantor
In Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (1878, 8, 435. As cited and translated in Robert Ιdouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-book (1914), 158.
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