Quean Quotes (1 quote)
This trend [emphasizing applied mathematics over pure mathematics] will make the queen of the sciences into the quean of the sciences.
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]