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Alfred W. Adler
(1930  )
mathematician who received his Ph.D. in mathematics from UCLA in 1956.

Science Quotes by Alfred W. Adler (4 quotes)
Each generation has its few great mathematicians, and mathematics would not even notice the absence of the others. They are useful as teachers, and their research harms no one, but it is of no importance at all. A mathematician is great or he is nothing.
— Alfred W. Adler
Reflections: Mathematics and Creativity', New Yorker (1972), 47, No. 53, 3945. In Douglas M. Campbell, John C. Higgins (eds.), Mathematics: People, Problems, Results (1984), Vol. 2, 3.
In the company of friends, writers can discuss their books, economists the state of the economy, lawyers their latest cases, and businessmen their latest acquisitions, but mathematicians cannot discuss their mathematics at all. And the more profound their work, the less understandable it is.
— Alfred W. Adler
Reflections: Mathematics and Creativity', New Yorker (1972), 47, No. 53, 3945. In Douglas M. Campbell, John C. Higgins (eds.), Mathematics: People, Problems, Results (1984), Vol. 2, 7.
The mathematical life of a mathematician is short. Work rarely improves after the age of twentyfive or thirty. If little has been accomplished by then, little will ever be accomplished.
— Alfred W. Adler
Reflections: Mathematics and Creativity', New Yorker (1972), 47, No. 53, 3945. In Douglas M. Campbell, John C. Higgins (eds.), Mathematics: People, Problems, Results (1984), Vol. 2, 5.
There is no thing as a man who does not create mathematics and yet is a fine mathematics teacher. Textbooks, course material—these do not approach in importance the communication of what mathematics is really about, of where it is going, and of where it currently stands with respect to the specific branch of it being taught. What really matters is the communication of the spirit of mathematics. It is a spirit that is active rather than contemplative—a spirit of disciplined search for adventures of the intellect. Only as adventurer can really tell of adventures.
— Alfred W. Adler
Reflections: Mathematics and Creativity', New Yorker (1972), 47, No. 53, 3945. In Douglas M. Campbell, John C. Higgins (eds.), Mathematics: People, Problems, Results (1984), Vol. 2, 7.
In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
(1987) 
Carl Sagan
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