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George Frederick James Temple
(2 Dec 1901 - 1 1992)

English mathematician who worked on a wide variety of topics: relativity theory, aerodynamics and quantum mechanics. In mathematics he also worked on analysis contributing to the study of the Lebesgue integral.

Science Quotes by George Frederick James Temple (2 quotes)

From Pythagoras (ca. 550 BC) to Boethius (ca AD 480-524), when pure mathematics consisted of arithmetic and geometry while applied mathematics consisted of music and astronomy, mathematics could be characterized as the deductive study of “such abstractions as quantities and their consequences, namely figures and so forth” (Aquinas ca. 1260). But since the emergence of abstract algebra it has become increasingly difficult to formulate a definition to cover the whole of the rich, complex and expanding domain of mathematics.
— George Frederick James Temple
In 100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981), 2.
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Pure mathematics is much more than an armoury of tools and techniques for the applied mathematician. On the other hand, the pure mathematician has ever been grateful to applied mathematics for stimulus and inspiration. From the vibrations of the violin string they have drawn enchanting harmonies of Fourier Series, and to study the triode valve they have invented a whole theory of non-linear oscillations.
— George Frederick James Temple
In 100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981), 3.
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