Quartic Quotes (1 quote)
A precisian professor had the habit of saying:
quartic polynomial ax4+bx3+cx2+dx+e, where e need not be the base of the natural logarithms.
Given, without citation, in A Mathematicians Miscellany (1953), reissued as Bιla Bollobαs (ed.), Littlewoods Miscellany (1986), 60. [Note: a precisian is a rigidly precise or punctilious person. Webmaster]