# Marston Morse

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**Harold Calvin Marston Morse** (24 March 1892 – 22 June 1977) was an American mathematician best known for his work on the calculus of variations.

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## Quotes[edit]

- Discovery in mathematics is not a matter of logic. It is rather the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and in which unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs, a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty's sake and pulls it down to earth.
- Attributed in Chaplin, Virginia. "Princeton & Mathematics: A Notable Record".
*Princeton Alumni Weekly*(May 9, 1958).

- Attributed in Chaplin, Virginia. "Princeton & Mathematics: A Notable Record".

- The creative scientist lives in a 'wildness of logic,' where reason is the handmaiden and not the master.
- Attributed in Chaplin, Virginia. "Princeton & Mathematics: A Notable Record".
*Princeton Alumni Weekly*(May 9, 1958).

- Attributed in Chaplin, Virginia. "Princeton & Mathematics: A Notable Record".