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If it is clumsy...

The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics. -- Edsger Dijkstra

Things people know that ain't so...

I could never accept findings based almost exclusively on mathematics. It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world.  It's the things people know that ain't so. -- Edwin Armstrong

One of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics...

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians. -- Edsger Dijkstra

No such thing...

There should be no such thing as boring mathematics. -- Edsger Dijkstra