Farkas Bolyai Quotes

Farkas Bolyai (Hungarian: [?f?rk?? ?bo?j?i]; 9 February 1775 – 20 November 1856; also known as Wolfgang Bolyai in Germany) was a Hungarian mathematician, mainly known for his work in geometry.

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Detest it [a certain difficult mathematics problem] just as much as lewd intercourse; it can deprive you of all your leisure, your health, your rest, and the whole happiness of your life.

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The mathematical giant [Gauss], who from his lofty heights embraces in one view the stars and the abysses ...

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When the time is ripe for certain things, these things appear in different places in the manner of violets coming to light in the early spring.

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Detest it as lewd intercourse, it can deprive you of all your leisure, your health, your rest, and the whole happiness of your life. Having himself spent a lifetime unsuccessfully trying to prove Euclid's postulate that parallel lines do not meet, Farkas discouraged his son János from any further attempt.

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Do not try the parallels in that way: I know that way all along. I have measured that bottomless night, and all the light and all the joy of my life went out there.

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