(from p. 12) Someone wrote a book called The Joy of Math.
Maybe I'll write a book called The Pathos of Math.
For through the night I swivel
between intuition and calculation
between examples and counter-examples
between the problem itself and what it has led to.
I find special cases with no determining vertices.
I find special cases with only determining vertices.
(p. 18) A mathematician just sits there.
There is empty paper in front of her.
And it stays empty.
A cat also just sits there with empty paper.
But the cat doesn't mind that.
The cat, in fact, gets right on top of the empty paper.
The cat believes his sitting will fill it up.
(from p. 76) I don't invent math.
I don't discover math.
I only PLAY math.
(p. 82) A mathematician should never watch action films.
She has already swum through iron, run without roads, flown
has already known too many directions
has already been reduced to a point.
She has had enough of thinking hard
enough of hoping that thinking will save her.
(from p. 91) a mathematician doesn't give up.
A mathematician insists on insisting
"SOMEthing is going on."
For lots more, get Cohen's book. For even more than that, visit her website.