Dee, John. 1527-1608. English mathematician and
"There is nothing which so much beautifies and adorns the soul and mind
of man as does knowledge of the good
arts and sciences. Many arts there
are which beautify the mind of man; but of all none do more garnish and
beautify it than those arts which are called mathematical, unto the
knowledge of which no man can attain, without perfect knowledge and
instruction of the principles, grounds, and
Elements of Geometry."
The Mathematical Preface
"A marvelous neutrality have these things Mathematical, and also a
strange participation between things supernatural, immortal,
intellectual, simple, and indivisible and things natural, mortal,
sensible, compounded, and divisible."