Algebraist Quotes (1 quote)
J. J. Sylvester was an enthusiastic supporter of reform [in the teaching of geometry]. The difference in attitude on this question between the two foremost British mathematicians, J. J. Sylvester, the algebraist, and Arthur Cayley, the algebraist and geometer, was grotesque. Sylvester wished to bury Euclid deeper than eer plummet sounded out of the schoolboys reach; Cayley, an ardent admirer of Euclid, desired the retention of Simsons Euclid. When reminded that this treatise was a mixture of Euclid and Simson, Cayley suggested striking out Simsons additions and keeping strictly to the original treatise.