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Frank C. DeSua
(26 Oct 1921 - 16 Jan 2013)

American mathematician.


Science Quotes by Frank C. DeSua (3 quotes)

Just as mathematics aims to study such entities as numbers, functions, spaces, etc., the subject matter of metamathematics is mathematics itself.
— Frank C. DeSua
In 'Mathematics: A Non-Technical Exposition', American Scientist (3 Jul 1954), 42, No. 3, 490.
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Suppose we loosely define a religion as any discipline whose foundations rest on an element of faith, irrespective of any element of reason which may be present. Quantum mechanics for example would be a religion under this definition. But mathematics would hold the unique position of being the only branch of theology possessing a rigorous demonstration of the fact that it should be so classified.
— Frank C. DeSua
Concluding remark in 'Consistency and Completeness—A Rιsumι', The American Mathematical Monthly (May 1956), 63, No.5, 305.
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The history of mathematics, as of any science, is to some extent the story of the continual replacement of one set of misconceptions by another. This is of course no cause for despair, for the newly instated assumptions very often possess the merit of being closer approximations to truth than those that they replace.
— Frank C. DeSua
In 'Consistency and Completeness—A Rιsumι', The American Mathematical Monthly (May 1956), 63, No.5, 295.
Science quotes on:  |  Approximation (16)  |  Assumption (49)  |  Closer (6)  |  Continual (13)  |  Despair (25)  |  History Of Science (53)  |  Merit (25)  |  Misconception (5)  |  Replacement (8)  |  Scientific Method (155)  |  Set (56)  |  Story (58)  |  Truth (750)


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