# Mereka Bicara Matematika

Menurut Anda, apa itu matematika? Simak pernyataan tokoh-tokoh berikut tentang matematika…

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**John Louis von Neumann**

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose. <!–, quoted in *Einstein: A Centenary Volume*, A.P. French, p.113; NA–>

**Paul Erdos**

Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I *know* numbers are beautiful. If they aren’t beautiful, nothing is.

**Isaac Barrow**

Mathematics – the unshaken Foundation of Sciences, and the plentiful Fountain of Advantage to human affairs. <!–, quoted in *A History of Mathematics*, Carl B. Boyer, p.404; NA–>

**Calvin Trillin**

I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.

**Stanislaw J. Lec**, *More Unkempt Thoughts*

I don’t agree with mathematics; the sum total of zeros is a frightening figure. ~

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