"It seems to me, that if statesmen had a little more arithmetic, or were more
accustomed to calculation, wars would be much less frequent."
Benjamin Franklin (1787)
During the three years which I spent at Cambridge my time was wasted, as far as
academical studies were concerned ... I attempted mathematics, and even went
during the summer of 1828 with a private tutor ... but I got on very slowly. The
work was repugnant to me, chiefly from my not being able to see any meaning in the
early steps in algebra. This impatience was very foolish, and in after years I have
deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something
of the great leading principles of mathematics, for men thus endowed seem to have
an extra sense.
Charles Darwin (1876)
"I think there's no way they should have to teach it [mathematics], now. We haveRosie O'Donnell (2001)
computers.We no longer need to know why 3X equals 2Y over 4. Or if a bus leaves
Utah at 4 pm, how many blond haired people [are] on it? I mean, how the hell do
you figure that out?"
Baby Blues (2008)