**Why Learn Mathematics?**

### “...throughout the city, artists sharpen pencils and dip brushes and tune guitars. Others (mathematicians), with their theorems and equations revel just as much in the world’s possibilities. / The world needs artists. Into words and pictures, notes and numbers each transforms their portion of the night. A mathematician at his desk glimpses something hitherto invisible. He is about to turn darkness into light.”

### - Daniel Tammet, *Thinking in Numbers*

### “The idea behind teaching is to expect students to learn why things are true, rather than have them memorize ways of solving a few problems, as most of our books have done.”

### - R. Askey, *The American Mathematics Monthly*

### “No branch of education is considered so valuable a preparation for household management and politics, and all arts and crafts, sciences and professions, as arithmetic; best of all by some divine art it arouses the dull and sleepy brain, and makes it studious, mindful and sharp.”

### - Plato, on why the understanding of mathematics was critical to entering the Academy

### “If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.”

### - Galileo Galilei

### “The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.”

### - Charles Celeb Cotton

### “One of the most amazing things about mathematics is the people who do math aren’t usually interested in application, because mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It’s structures and patterns, and that’s what we love, and that’s what we get off on.”

### - Danica McKellar

### “A lot of music is mathematics. It’s balance.”

### - Mel Brooks

### “The pleasure we obtain from music comes from counting, but counting unconsciously. Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic.”

### - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

### “Mathematics is the door and key to the sciences.”

### - Roger Bacon

### “Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge, since he who is ignorant of it cannot know the other sciences or the things of the world.”

### - Roger Bacon

### “As long as algebra and geometry have been separated, their progress have been slow and their uses limited; but when these two sciences have been united, they have lent each mutual forces, and have marched together towards perfection.”

### - Joseph Louis Lagrange

### “This, therefore, is Mathematics:

She reminds you of the invisible forms of the soul;

she gives life to her own discoveries;

she awakens the mind and purifies the intellect;

she brings to light our intrinsic ideas;

she abolishes oblivion and ignorance which are ours by birth…”

### - Diadochus Proclus

### “The understanding of mathematics is necessary for a sound grasp of ethics.”

### - Socrates