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Henri Poincaré Quote: “The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.”

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.

— Henri Poincaré



Henri Poincaré Quote: “It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.”

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.”

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Mathematicians are born, not made.”

Mathematicians are born, not made.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Geometry is the art of correct reasoning from incorrectly drawn figures.”

Geometry is the art of correct reasoning from incorrectly drawn figures.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “How is error possible in mathematics?”

How is error possible in mathematics?

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “It is far better to foresee even without certainty than not to foresee at all.”

It is far better to foresee even without certainty than not to foresee at all.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “There are no solved problems; there are only problems that are more or less solved.”

There are no solved problems; there are only problems that are more or less solved.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.”

Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Doubting everything and believing everything are two equally convenient solutions that guard us from having to think.”

Doubting everything and believing everything are two equally convenient solutions that guard us from having to think.

— Henri Poincaré



Henri Poincaré Quote: “It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover. To know how to criticize is good, to know how to create is better.”

It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover. To know how to criticize is good, to know how to create is better.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.”

Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Intuition is more important to discovery than logic.”

Intuition is more important to discovery than logic.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.”

If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Often when works at a hard question, nothing good is accomplished at the first attack. Then one takes a rest, long or short, and sits down anew to the work. During the first half-hour, as before, nothing is found, and then all of a sudden the decisive idea presents itself to the mind.”

Often when works at a hard question, nothing good is accomplished at the first attack. Then one takes a rest, long or short, and sits down anew to the work. During the first half-hour, as before, nothing is found, and then all of a sudden the decisive idea presents itself to the mind.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.”

Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “What is it indeed that gives us the feeling of elegance in a solution, in a demonstration?”

What is it indeed that gives us the feeling of elegance in a solution, in a demonstration?

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations among objects; they are indifferent to the replacement of objects by others as long the relations don’t change. Matter is not important, only form interests them.”

Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations among objects; they are indifferent to the replacement of objects by others as long the relations don’t change. Matter is not important, only form interests them.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.”

It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.

— Henri Poincaré


Henri Poincaré Quote: “Most striking at first is the appearance of sudden illumination, a manifest sign of long unconscious prior work.”

Most striking at first is the appearance of sudden illumination, a manifest sign of long unconscious prior work.

— Henri Poincaré


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