Golfer Quotes (3 quotes)
If it were possible for a metaphysician to be a golfer, he might perhaps occasionally notice that his ball, instead of moving forward in a vertical plane (like the generality of projectiles, such as brickbats and cricket balls), skewed away gradually to the right. If he did notice it, his methods would naturally lead him to content himself with his caddiess remark-ye heeled that yin, or Ye jist sliced it. But a scientific man is not to be put off with such flimsy verbiage as that. He must know more. What is Heeling, what is slicing, and why would either operation (if it could be thoroughly carried out) send a ball as if to cover point, thence to long slip, and finally behind back-stop? These, as Falstaff said, are questions to be asked.
John Bardeen was an avid golfer and a good one. Whenever possible, he sought out golf courses during research or consulting trips. According to the stories, he was as proud of hitting a hole in one as he was to win a second Nobel Prize.
Many professional mathematicians regard their work as a form of play, in the same way professional golfers or basketball stars might.