Talk:David Hilbert

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You are not giving us the correct or apte or needed information.This is too bad the impression will be soon melt if you go on like this

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This quote is usually attributed to Hilbert (taken driectly from "Prime Obsession") 'One of Hilbert's students stopped showing up to classes. On enquiring the reason, Hilbert was told that the student had left the university to become a poet. Hilbert:"I can't say I'm surprised. I never thought he had enough imagination to be a mathematician."'

Also can someone work in the anecdote about him at his student's funeral.


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  • Aber meine Herren, eine Fakultät ist doch keine Badeanstalt!
    • But Gentlemen, a faculty is no swimming baths!
    • Reply to the opponents of the habilitation of the female mathematician Emmy Noether.
  • Eine jede Wissenschaft fällt, hat sie erst eine gewisse Reife erreicht, automatisch der Mathematik anheim.
    • Every kind of science, if it has only reached a certain degree of maturity, automatically becomes a part of mathematics.
  • Man muss immer mit den einfachsten Beispielen anfangen.
    • One must always begin with the simplest examples.
  • Some people have got a mental horizon of radius zero and call it their point of view.