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  • Calculus, the electrical battery, the telephone, the steam engine, the radio - all these groundbreaking innovations were hit upon by multiple inventors working in parallel with no knowledge of one another. -- Steven Johnson
  • Calculus required continuity, and continuity was supposed to require the infinitely little; but nobody could discover what the infinitely little might be. -- Bertrand Russell
  • I was always very strong in math, physics and calculus. -- Debi Thomas
  • Hard to be a physics major at Rice University if you have flunked calculus. -- Elizabeth Moon
  • I was more interested in skating and the girls and traveling than I was in calculus. -- Scott Hamilton
  • My first degree came years before my second. I had wanted to be a physicist, but I flunked calculus. -- Elizabeth Moon
  • Usually, girls weren't encouraged to go to college and major in math and science. My high school calculus teacher, Ms. Paz Jensen, made math appealing and motivated me to continue studying it in college. -- Ellen Ochoa
  • If one looks at the different problems of the integral calculus which arise naturally when one wishes to go deep into the different parts of physics, it is impossible not to be struck by the analogies existing. -- Henri Poincare
  • Gout produces calculus in the kidney... the patient has frequently to entertain the painful speculation as to whether gout or stone be the worst disease. Sometimes the stone, on passing, kills the patient, without waiting for the gout. -- Thomas Sydenham
  • This is a tricky domain because, unlike simple arithmetic, to solve a calculus problem - and in particular to perform integration - you have to be smart about which integration technique should be used: integration by partial fractions, integration by parts, and so on. -- Marvin Minsky
  • Calculus destroys self-esteem on contact. -- James Lileks
  • "I see it, but I don't believe it." -- Richard Dedekind
  • Calculus works by making visible the infinitesimally small. -- Keith Devlin
  • In my free time I do differential and integral calculus. -- Karl Marx
  • God created infinity, and man, unable to understand infinity, had to invent finite sets. -- Gian-Carlo Rota
  • Calculus is the most powerful weapon of thought yet devised by the wit of man. -- Wallace B. Smith
  • Calculus is the outcome of a dramatic intellectual struggle which has lasted for twenty-five hundred years. -- Richard Courant
  • The whole apparatus of the calculus takes on an entirely different form when developed for the complex numbers. -- Keith Devlin
  • Calculus is one course you can come with to your parents and say, I am dropping it. And they'll understand. -- Bill Cosby
  • History was easy, but I don't know about the Calculus. It seemed like it was making sense, so that probably means I failed. -- Stephenie Meyer
  • Science is the Differential Calculus of the mind. Art the Integral Calculus; they may be beautiful when apart, but are greatest only when combined. -- Ronald Ross
  • Among all of the mathematical disciplines the theory of differential equations is the most important... It furnishes the explanation of all those elementary manifestations of nature which involve time. -- Sophus Lie
  • Dude, you're such a geek. And that's coming from an overweight Star Trek fan who scored a 5 on the AP Calculus test. So you know your condition is grave -- John Green
  • The Mean Value Theorem is the midwife of calculus - not very important or glamorous by itself, but often helping to deliver other theorems that are of major significance. -- Edward Mills Purcell
  • My first performance was in AP Calculus when they forced me up into the front of the classroom and made me sing a song, which was really scary, but it was fun. -- Kina Grannis
  • I'm very good at integral and differential calculus, I know the scientific names of beings animalculous; In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, I am the very model of a modern Major-General. -- W.S. Gilbert
  • An announcement of [Christopher] Zeeman's lecture at Northwestern University in the spring of 1977 contains a quote describing catastrophe theory as the most important development in mathematics since the invention of calculus 300 years ago. -- Stephen Smale
  • But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes. -- Antonin Artaud
  • When I was about thirteen, the library was going to get 'Calculus for the Practical Man.' By this time I knew, from reading the encyclopedia, that calculus was an important and interesting subject, and I ought to learn it. -- Richard P. Feynman
  • [All phenomena] are equally susceptible of being calculated, and all that is necessary, to reduce the whole of nature to laws similar to those which Newton discovered with the aid of the calculus, is to have a sufficient number of observations and a mathematics that is complex enough. -- Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet
  • The calculus was the first achievement of modern mathematics and it is difficult to overestimate its importance. I think it defines more unequivocally than anything else the inception of modern mathematics; and the system of mathematical analysis, which is its logical development, still constitutes the greatest technical advance in exact thinking. -- John von Neumann
  • I have no fault to find with those who teach geometry. That science is the only one which has not produced sects; it is founded on analysis and on synthesis and on the calculus; it does not occupy itself with the probable truth; moreover it has the same method in every country. -- Frederick the Great
  • Nothing has afforded me so convincing a proof of the unity of the Deity as these purely mental conceptions of numerical and mathematical science which have been by slow degrees vouchsafed to man, and are still granted in these latter times by the Differential Calculus, now superseded by the Higher Algebra, all of which must have existed in that sublimely omniscient Mind from eternity. -- Mary Somerville
  • Who has not been amazed to learn that the function y = ex, like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, is its own derivative? -- Francois Le Lionnais
  • I did not take a calculus course until my second year of college. -- Robert Coleman Richardson
  • I found a discarded textbook on calculus in a wastebasket and read it from cover to cover. -- John Pople
  • Love can reach the same level of talent, and even genius, as the discovery of differential calculus. -- Lev Vygotsky
  • Newton, of course, was the inventor of differential calculus so his place in the tale is quite special. -- Kit Williams
  • Aerodynamics is mathematics for those who haven't learned to do calculus. In my case, too, for one who hasn't learned to add or multiply, at least the first time. -- Richard Bach
  • At Tenafly High, I was lucky to have some dedicated teachers; I'm especially indebted to my calculus instructor, Francis Piersa, who opened my eyes to the striking beauty of mathematics. -- Eric Maskin
  • You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Look out for kids, help them dream and be inspired. We teach calculus in schools, but I believe the most important formula is courage plus dreams equals success. -- Marlee Matlin
  • There's a popular concept of 'intelligence' as book smarts, like calculus or chess, as opposed to, say, social skills. So people say that 'it takes more than intelligence to succeed in human society.' But social skills reside in the brain, not the kidneys. -- Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • There is a calculus, it turns out, for mastering our subconscious urges. For companies like Target, the exhaustive rendering of our conscious and unconscious patterns into data sets and algorithms has revolutionized what they know about us and, therefore, how precisely they can sell. -- Charles Duhigg
  • With demands for special education or standardized test prep being shouted in their ears, public schools can't always hear a parent when he says: 'I want my child to be able to write contracts in Spanish,' or, 'I want my child to shake hands firmly,' or, 'I want my child to study statistics and accounting, not calculus.' -- Amity Shlaes
  • ... nets, grids, and other types of calculus. -- Alan Watts
  • You burros have calculus in your blood. -- Jaime Escalante
  • Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus. -- Stephen Covey
  • I don‚??t believe in statistics. I believe in calculus. -- Ben Horowitz
  • I don't have any sort of calculus in choosing film roles. -- Jon Hamm
  • Pure politics is merely the calculus of combinations and of chances. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
  • In the calculus of good deeds you have the most to gain. -- Naguib Mahfouz
  • The true logic of this world is in the calculus of probabilities. -- James Clerk Maxwell
  • You can't teach calculus to a chimpanzee. So just share your banana. -- John Rachel
  • ...magic was ugly‚??-a hard bargain with the universe, a calculus of pain. -- Laini Taylor
  • The English language is more complex than calculus because numbers don't have nuances. -- Andy Rooney
  • That is the great mystery of human evolution: how to account for calculus and Mozart. -- E. O. Wilson
  • I never failed in mathematics. Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus. -- Albert Einstein
  • One good thing about teaching calculus is that you develop a hardened attitude towards repeating yourself. -- Philip J. Hanlon
  • Celestial mechanics is the origin of dynamical systems, linear algebra, topology, variational calculus and symplectic geometry. -- Vladimir Arnold
  • Cam was so much clearer, easier to figure out. Like he was algebra and Daniel was calculus. -- Lauren Kate
  • We can't exempt ourselves from the same moral calculus that we are willing to apply to others. -- Michael Eric Dyson
  • The calculus is the story this [the Western] world first told itself as it became the modern world. -- David Berlinski
  • The calculus of utility aims at supplying the ordinary wants of man at the least cost of labour. -- William Stanley Jevons
  • As you will find in multivariable calculus, there is often a number of solutions for any given problem. -- John Forbes Nash
  • In the calculus of feelings, you never really know how one person's absence will affect you more than another's. -- Gayle Forman
  • The analytical geometry of Descartes and the calculus of Newton and Leibniz have expanded into the marvelous mathematical method -- Nicholas Murray Butler
  • With an absurd oversimplification, the "invention" of calculus [method in mathematics] is sometimes ascribed to two men, Newton and Leibniz. -- Richard Courant
  • The calculus is the greatest aid we have to the application of physical truth in the broadest sense of the word. -- William Fogg Osgood
  • I was very into math and calculus, and just always was very - really interested in that. But any sort of numbers. -- David Plouffe
  • I was home-schooled 'cause I wanted to be an actor. I would spend all day watching movies, trying to get through calculus. -- Brie Larson
  • Computer science is to biology what calculus is to physics. It's the natural mathematical technique that best maps the character of the subject. -- Harold Morowitz
  • The calculus of probabilities, when confined within just limits, ought to interest, in an equal degree, the mathematician, the experimentalist, and the statesman. -- Francois Arago
  • It's a hard, simple calculus: Run until you can't run anymore. Then run some more. Find a new source of energy and will. Then run even faster. -- Scott Jurek
  • The teaching of the ten thousand states of mind, particularly as one advances further, is done through transmission. This is where we differ from teaching algebra or calculus. -- Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell
  • Therefore, I have attacted [the problem of the catenary] which I had hitherto not attempted, and with my key [the differential calculus] happily opened its secret. Acta eruditorum -- Gottfried Leibniz
  • For each successive class of phenomena, a new calculus or a new geometry, as the case might be, which might prove not wholly inadequate to the subtlety of nature. -- Henry John Stephen Smith
  • In the horrifying calculus of self-deception, the greater the pain we inflict on others, the greater the need to justify it to maintain our feelings of decency and self-worth. -- Carol Tavris
  • I think that under ordinary circumstances (i.e., neither person is famous), it's already hard enough to make a long-term romantic relationship work, but add fame to the calculus. -- Christine Sneed
  • These ... tables (values of trignometric functions), constructed by means of new techniques based principally on the calculus of differences, are one of the most beautiful monuments ever erected to science. -- Adrien-Marie Legendre
  • We liked to be known as the clever girls. When we decorated our hands with henna for holidays and weddings, we drew calculus and chemical formulae instead of flowers and butterflies. -- Malala Yousafzai
  • Some people prefer not to commingle the functional, lambda-calculus part of a language with the parts that do side effects. It seems they believe in the separation of Church and state. -- Guy Steele
  • Andrew Hacker argues that algebra and trigonometry and calculus are subjects that almost nobody used after they graduate, and so why should we continue to compel students to try to pass them? -- Anya Kamenetz
  • A month's intelligent instruction in the theory of numbes ought to be twice as instructive, twice as useful, and at least 10 times as entertaining as the same amount of 'calculus for engineers'. -- G. H. Hardy
  • Those interested in celestial navigation are advised to first obtain a rudimentary knowledge of integral calculus, phlebotomy, astral physics and related subjects. The use of liquor is strictly forbidden on interplanetary flights. -- Henry Miller
  • When I was in school, my favorite subject was math. I took algebra and calculus. At an early age I grasped it and understood it quickly. I just enjoyed breaking the codes and solving problems. -- Chris Bosh
  • The theory which follows is entirely based on a calculus of pleasure and pain; and the object of economics is to maximize happiness by purchasing pleasure, as it were, at the lowest cost of pain. -- William Stanley Jevons
  • Even the simplest calculation in the purest mathematics can have terrible consequences. Without the invention of the infinitesimal calculus most of our technology would have been impossible. Should we say therefore that calculus is bad? -- Stanislaw Ulam
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