Marlon Flores – Mathematics
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"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only true, but supreme beauty – a cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely in poetry.
What is best in mathematics deserves not to be learned as a task, but to be assimilated as a part of daily thought, and brought again and again before the mind whit ever –renewed encouragement. Real life is, to most men, a long second – best, a perpetual compromise between the real and the possible; but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity embodying in splendid edifices the passionate aspiration after the perfect from which all great work spring. Remote from human passions, remote even from the pitiful facts of nature, the generations have gradually created an ordered cosmos, where pure thought can dwell as in its natural home, and where one, at least, of our nobler impulses can escape from the dreary exile of the natural world."
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