Hal Incandenza has an almost obsessive dislike for deLint, whom he tells Mario he sometimes cannot quite believe is even real, and tries to get to the side of, to see whether deLint has a true z coordinate or is just a cutout or projection.

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.. Now Eli was my new neighbor. Which was fine with me because I sucked at Math. Math and I were not on speaking terms.

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God has the Big Book, the beautiful proofs of mathematical theorems are listed here.

I think scientists have a valid point when they bemoan the fact that it's socially acceptable in our culture to be utterly ignorant of math, whereas it is a shameful thing to be illiterate.

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The point about zero is that we do not need to use it in the operation of daily life. No one goes out to buy zero fish.

A person's value is attached to a variable exponent.

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I am smart, you are not. Holden

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The greatest mathematics has the simplicity and inevitableness of supreme poetry and music, standing on the borderland of all that is wonderful in Science, and all that is beautiful in Art.

Calculus was not math. It was a fucking science experiment gone wrong.

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In life two negatives don't make a positive. Double negatives turn positive only in math and formal logic. In life things just get worse and worse and worse.

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Oh, figures!' answered Ned. 'You can make figures do whatever you want.

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I can't count. It's winter in my left hemisphere, and my fingers fell off from frostbite.

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There is a largeness about mathematics that transcends race and time; mathematics may humbly help in the market-place, but it also reaches to the stars.

Wherefore, I beseech you let the dog and the onions and these people of the strange and godless names work out their several salvations from their piteous and wonderful difficulties without help of mine, for indeed their trouble is sufficient as it is, whereas an I tried to help I should but damage their cause the more and yet mayhap not live myself to see the desolation wrought.

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Can I just say that I don't care if two planes or trains or whatever take off from different locations at different times and travel at different speeds. I am not traffic control, so why the hell would I care what time they'd pass each other?