# Quotes with mathematics

The downside of this communal wisdom is that you don't have to kill bees to destroy a colony. Anything that affects bees’ memory, learning, senses, appetite, digestion, instincts, or life span can be enough to throw those feedback loops off course. Skew enough of them, and the beautiful mathematics of the hive break down.

Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis (2008)

Mathematics says the sum value of a network increases as the square of the number of members. In other words, as the number of nodes in a network increases arithmetically, the value of the network increases exponentially. Adding a few more members can dramatically increase the value of the network.

New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (1999)

I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe -- because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return.

Letter to Lady Ottoline Morrell (March, 1912)

The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve. We should be grateful for it and hope that it will remain valid in future research and that it will extend, for better or for worse, to our pleasure, even though perhaps also to our bafflement, to wide branches of learning.

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

Article title, 1960