Top 10 Quotes from History’s Greatest Mathematicians for Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th, to celebrate π. 

In honor of the day, here are the top 10 quotes from history’s greatest mathematicians:

Here are the top ten greatest quotes:


Add four to 100, multiply by eight, and then add 62,000. By this rule the circumference of a circle with a diameter of 20,000 can be approached. Thus according to the rule ((4 + 100) × 8 + 62000)/20000 = 62832/20000 = 3.1416, which is accurate to five significant figures.
-Aryabhata(c.476-550AD), Inventor of 0 and Pi




Number is within all things.
Pythagoras(c. 570-c. 495 BC), Discovered Earth was spherical

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The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.
-Euclid of Alexandria(~300BC), Father of Geometry

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Mathematics reveals its secrets only to those who approach it with pure love, for its own beauty.
-Archimedes(c.287-c.212BC), Father of Mathematics

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I think; therefore I am.
-René Descartes(1596-1650), Father of Analytical Geometry


To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.
-Isaac Newton(1643-1727), Father of Calculus

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Nothing takes place in the world whose meaning is not that of some maximum or minimum.
-Leonhard Euler(1707-1783), Introduced modern mathematical notation and terminology 

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It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.
-Carl Friedrich Gauss(1777-1855), The Prince of Mathematicians


An equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God.
-Srinivasa Ramanujan(1887-1920), Self-educated mathematician, producing over 3000 theorems

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A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.
-Alan Turing(1912-1954), Father of Computer Science

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Thank you to history’s greatest mathematicians!

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