Inspirational Quotes from Margaret Wertheim

By | May 3, 2017

Nature doesn’t feel compelled to stick to a mathematically precise algorithm; in fact, nature probably can’t stick to an algorithm.

Margaret Wertheim

Computers are very powerful tools, but in the simulated world of the computer, everything has to be calculated.

Margaret Wertheim

One of the great sources of employment for people with Ph.D.s in geometry is the animation industry.

Margaret Wertheim

If I could do anything in my life and be remembered for anything, I would like to be remembered for helping the world see the value of physical engagement with ideas.

Margaret Wertheim

When I was a physics major in the late 1970s, my very few fellow female students and I had high hopes that women would soon stand equal with men in science. But progress has proved slower than many of us imagined.

Margaret Wertheim

Female physicists, astronomers and mathematicians are up against more than 2,000 years of convention that has long portrayed these fields as inherently male.

Margaret Wertheim

Though women are no longer barred from university laboratories and scientific societies, the idea that they are innately less suited to mathematical science is deeply ingrained in our cultural genes.

Margaret Wertheim

In the Pythagorean system, thinking about numbers, or doing mathematics, was an inherently masculine task. Mathematics was associated with the gods, and with transcendence from the material world; women, by their nature, were supposedly rooted in this latter, baser realm.

Margaret Wertheim

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