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"Mathematics is the queen of the sciences ..." Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855)

"It is by logic that we prove but by intuition that we discover." (Henri Poincaré)

"... pedagogy is what our species does best. We are teachers, and we want to teach while sitting around the campfire rather than being continually present during our offspring's trial-and-error experiences." Michael S. Gazzaniga (1998, p 8) Gazzaniga, Michael S. (1998). The mind’s past. University of California Press; Berkley.

"Mathematics is one of humanity's great achievements. By enhancing the capabilities of the human mind,mathematics has facilitated the development of science, technology,engineering,business, and government." Kilpatrick, Swafford, and Findell (2001)

"For example, I've been in enough high school math classes over the last five years to know that there is no developmental theory of how students learn algebra. The kids who don't make it and don't respond to the kind of instruction they're receiving are simply not included in the instructional model. And teachers in the classrooms I've observed take no responsibility for the lowest-performing students. That's because the prevailing a theory of learning suggests that teaching mathematics is not a developmental problem but a problem of aptitude. Some people get it, some don't." Elmore, Richard F. (2002). The Limits of Change [Online]. Accessed 2/18/02:

"Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything." (John Kenneth Galbraith)

“You can never step into the same stream twice.” Heraclitus

"I do believe that problems are the heart of mathematics, and I hope that as teachers, in the classroom, in seminars, and in the books and articles we write, we will emphasize them more and more, and that we will train our students to be better problem-posers and problem solvers than we are." (Halmos, 1980, p. 524)

Richard Bellman (1978) . An introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Can computers think? San Francisco: Boyd & Fraser. Page 67

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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