Leonard M. Passano
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mathematician and author who taught at M.I.T. and wrote the textbooks, Calculus and Graphs: Simplified For a First Brief Course (1921), and Plane and Spherical Trigonometry (1918).
Science Quotes by Leonard M. Passano (1 quote)
This trend [emphasizing applied mathematics over pure mathematics] will make the queen of the sciences into the quean of the sciences.
— Leonard M. Passano
As given, without citation, in Howard W. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared (1972), 158, which attributes it (via Dirk J. Struik) to a memorandum in which Passano wrote of the trend in the Dept. of Mathematics at M.I.T. Webmaster has as yet been unable to identify a primary source. (Can you help?) [Note: quean is an archaic word for: a disreputable woman; specifically : prostitute.Merriam-Webster. Thus the semantic spread between queen and quean could not be greater: from a woman of the highest repute to one of the lowest. alphadictionary.com]