# DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS QUOTES

**Differential Equations Quotes**,

**Equations Quotes**,

**Differential Calculus Quotes**,

**Linear Equations Quotes**,

**Mathematical Equations Quotes**,

"Differential equations won't help you much in the design of aeroplanes - not yet, anyhow."

*Nevil Shute*. IMG

"In order to solve this differential equation you look at it until a solution occurs to you."

*George Polya*. IMG

"Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition."

*Alan Turing*. IMG

"The emphasis on mathematical methods seems to be shifted more towards combinatorics and set theory - and away from the algorithm of differential equations which dominates mathematical physics."

*John Von Neumann*. IMG

"Hydrodynamics procreated complex analysis, partial differential equations, Lie groups and algebra theory, cohomology theory and scientific computing."

*Vladimir Arnold*. IMG

"Among all of the mathematical disciplines the theory of differential equations is the most important... It furnishes the explanation of all those elementary manifestations of nature which involve time."

*Sophus Lie*. IMG

"The principle is so perfectly general that no particular application of it is possible."

*George Polya*. IMG

"Baseball players or cricketers do not need to be able to solve explicitly the non-linear differential equations which govern the flight of the ball. They just catch it."

*Paul Ormerod*. IMG

"The difficulty involved in the proper and adequate means of describing changes in continuous deformable bodies is the method of differential equations. ... They express mathematically the physical concept of contiguous action. Einstein's Theory of Relativity"

*Max Born*. IMG

"Geometry is the science of correct reasoning on incorrect figures."

*George Polya*. IMG

""Do you know," the Devil confided, "not even the best mathematicians on other planets - all far ahead of yours - have solved it? Why, there is a chap on Saturn - he looks something like a mushroom on stilts - who solves partial differential equations mentally; and even he's given up.""

*Arthur Porges*. IMG

"How did Biot arrive at the partial differential equation? [the heat conduction equation] . . . Perhaps Laplace gave Biot the equation and left him to sink or swim for a few years in trying to derive it. That would have been merely an instance of the way great mathematicians since the very beginnings of mathematical research have effortlessly maintained their superiority over ordinary mortals."

*Clifford Truesdell*. IMG

"What is the origin of the urge, the fascincation that drives physicists, mathematicians, and presumably other scientists as well? Psychoanalysis suggests that it is sexual curiosity. You start by asking where little babies come from, one thing leads to another, and you find yourself preparing nitroglycerine or solving differential equations. This explanation is somewhat irritating, and therefore probably basically correct."

*David Ruelle*. IMG

"Man's destiny is to know, if only because societies with knowledge culturally dominate societies that lack it. Luddites and anti-intellectuals do not master the differential equations of thermodynamics or the biochemical cures of illness. They stay in thatched huts and die young."

*E O Wilson*. IMG

"It is well known that the central problem of the whole of modern mathematics is the study of transcendental functions defined by differential equations."

*Felix Klein*. IMG

"If you assume continuity, you can open the well-stocked mathematical toolkit of continuous functions and differential equations, the saws and hammers of engineering and physics for the past two centuries (and the foreseeable future)."

*Benoit Mandelbrot*. IMG

"There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives."

*David Brin*. IMG

"If God has made the world a perfect mechanism, He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect that in order to predict little parts of it, we need not solve innumerable differential equations, but can use dice with fair success."

*Max Born*. IMG