Sending secret messages using codes has been a practice since the ancient time. In the Roman Empire, military officers would let messengers cut their hair, tattoo a secret message on their head, and send them to another place to relay the message once the hair had grown.
In Sparta, a device called scytale consisting of a cylindrical tool with a strip of parchment was used to encode and decode messages. Julius Caesar was known to perform letter substitutions to messages to make them unreadable. The method is now known as the Caesar cipher. » Read more
An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation to reality. A physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his equations. A mathematician doesn’t care.
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them, they translate it into their own language, and forthwith it means something entirely different. — Goethe
A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn’t there. (Charles R Darwin)
Old mathematicians never die; they just lose some of their functions. » Read more
Many of us find mathematics boring, so here are some funny math quotes that will make you smile or even giggle.
“Mathematics is made of 50 percent formulas, 50 percent proofs, and 50 percent imagination.”
Women have a passion for mathematics. They divide their age in half, double the price of their clothes, and always add at least five years to the age of their best friend.
“Small minds discuss persons. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. Really great minds discuss mathematics.”
“Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself any more.” — Albert Einstein » Read more