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John Edensor (J. E.) Littlewood
(9 Jun 1885 - 6 Sep 1977)

English mathematician who studied the distribution of prime numbers. During World War I, he worked on ballistics.

Science Quotes by John Edensor (J. E.) Littlewood (4 quotes)

A good mathematical joke is better, and better mathematics, than a dozen mediocre papers.
— John Edensor (J. E.) Littlewood
A Mathematician's Miscellany (1953). In Béla Bollobás, Littlewood's Miscellany (1986), 24.
Science quotes on:  |  Joke (39)  |  Mathematics (587)  |  Paper (52)  |  Publication (83)

I recall once saying that when I had given the same lecture several times I couldn't help feeling that they really ought to know it by now.
— John Edensor (J. E.) Littlewood
A Mathematician's Miscellany (1953). In Béla Bollobás, Littlewood's Miscellany (1986), 135.
Science quotes on:  |  Lecture (54)

Mathematics is a dangerous profession; an appreciable proportion of us go mad.
— John Edensor (J. E.) Littlewood
A Mathematician's Miscellany (1953). In Béla Bollobás, Littlewood's Miscellany (1986), 104.
Science quotes on:  |  Mad (15)  |  Mathematics (587)  |  Profession (54)  |  Proportion (47)

The surprising thing about this paper is that a man who could write it would.
— John Edensor (J. E.) Littlewood
A Mathematician's Miscellany (1953). In Béla Bollobás, Littlewood's Miscellany (1986), 59.
Science quotes on:  |  Paper (52)  |  Publication (83)  |  Surprise (44)  |  Write (87)



Quotes by others about John Edensor (J. E.) Littlewood (1)

Plenty of mathematicians, Hardy knew, could follow a step-by-step discursus unflaggingly—yet counted for nothing beside Ramanujan. Years later, he would contrive an informal scale of natural mathematical ability on which he assigned himself a 25 and Littlewood a 30. To David Hilbert, the most eminent mathematician of the day, he assigned an 80. To Ramanujan he gave 100.
In The Man who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan (1975), 226.
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