Howard Eves
(10 Jan 1911  6 Jun 2004)

Science Quotes by Howard Eves (6 quotes)
A formal manipulator in mathematics often experiences the discomforting feeling that his pencil surpasses him in intelligence.
— Howard Eves
An expert problem solver must be endowed with two incompatible qualities, a restless imagination and a patient pertinacity.
— Howard Eves
Mathematics may be likened to a large rock whose interior composition we wish to examine. The older mathematicians appear as persevering stone cutters slowly attempting to demolish the rock from the outside with hammer and chisel. The later mathematicians resemble expert miners who seek vulnerable veins, drill into these strategic places, and then blast the rock apart with well placed internal charges.
— Howard Eves
One is hard pressed to think of universal customs that man has successfully established on earth. There is one, however, of which he can boast the universal adoption of the HinduArabic numerals to record numbers. In this we perhaps have mans unique worldwide victory of an idea.
— Howard Eves
Petr Beckmann has divided the men who made history into two classes, the thinkers and the thugs. The Greeks were the thinkers and the Romans were the thugs. The general law seems to be that the thugs always win, but the thinkers always outlive them.
— Howard Eves
When Ramanujan was sixteen, he happened upon a copy of Carrs Synopsis of Mathematics. This chance encounter secured immortality for the book, for it was this book that suddenly woke Ramanujan into full mathematical activity and supplied him essentially with his complete mathematical equipment in analysis and number theory. The book also gave Ramanujan his general direction as a dealer in formulas, and it furnished Ramanujan the germs of many of his deepest developments.
— Howard Eves