'Like the crest of the peacock and the jewel on the hood of the serpent, so is mathematics at the head of all knowledge'
From Vedanta Jyotisha, 5th Century BC)
'Philosophy is written in that very great book, which continually lies open before our eyes (I mean the Universe). But we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and understand the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without the aid of which it is impossible to understand a word of it, without which one wanders vainly through a dark labyrinth'
Galileo Galilei, in Il Saggiatore
'Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you that mine are even greater.'
'There are three global languages in education - maths, basic science, and English'
Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town