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Fontenelle, Bernard de. 1657 - 1757. French mathematician and philosopher.

"The geometrical method is not so rigidly confined to geometry itself that it cannot be applied to other branches of knowledge as well. A work of morality, politics, criticism will be more elegant, other things being equal, if it is shaped by the hand of geometry."
Preface sur l'Utilité des Mathématiques et de la Physique, 1729.

"Mathematicians are like lovers ... Grant a mathematician the least principle, and he will draw from it a consequence which you must grant him also, and from this consequence another."





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