5 of the Best Math Quotes

Pi has a general value of 3.14.  So, March 14th is a day to celebrate Math concepts.
We’re sharing some of the best Math quotes we could find along with some links to help you find out more about the mathematician who said it.

Celebrate Math. Celebrate Pi Day. Discover some great Mathematicians.

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Math Quote #1 — Edsger Dijkstra

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“There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.” ~Edsger Dijkstra

Edsger Dijkstra (1930-2002) was a Dutch computer scientist, known for his contributions in developing programming languages.

Life of Fred Series is the “NOT BORING” math program. I’ve heard many parents say they actually have to stop their kids from doing math! And when they get to the end of the book, they want to re-read it. Again and again. 


Math Quote #2 — Galileo

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“Measure what can be measured. Make measurable what cannot be measured.” ~Galileo

Galileo Galilei, popularly called Galileo (1564–1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who  is considered the father of modern science.

The Church considered Galileo’s ideas as heresy and sentenced him to life in prison. It’s fascinating! Explore more about Galileo with a Webquest.


Math Quote #3 — David Hilbert

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“Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.” ~David Hilbert

David Hilbert(1862-1943) was a German mathematician who challenged his 20th century colleagues to devote themselves to 23 mathematics problems. His mathematics problems are now known as Hilbert’s problems and many of them remain unsolved today.

Try a math game that’s not on paper. Math Explosion Volcano Game – With this fascinating game, players are able to customize math facts with a math fact creator so that players of all ages can play for many years to come. Be the first player to explode the volcano by getting your math facts correct!


Math Quote #4 — Andrew Wiles

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“The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates, rather than the problem itself.” ~Andrew Wiles

Andrew Wiles, a British Mathematician (born in 1953), began to solve Fermat’s Last Theorem when he was just 10 years old.

Math is mystery–that leads you to more mysteries! Try solving some mysteries with math and science in these One Minute Mysteries.


Math Quote #5 — Shakuntala Devi

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“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” ~Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi (1929-2013) was a child prodigy from India, specializing in mental calculations. She is popularly known as the “human computer.”

Speed up your mental math calculations with these Rapid Calculations Cards. Individual practice or in a group or class.


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Homeschool veteran, Association Director, coffee addict, sarcasm expert, and accidental blogger. I’m here to encourage you thru the tough times and inspire you toward excellence. If I can make it, so can you!