Characteristic also of the temper of the Socratic enquiry is, (4) the proposal to discuss the teachableness of virtue under an hypothesis, after the manner of the mathematicians
; and (5) the repetition of the favourite doctrine which occurs so frequently in the earlier and more Socratic Dialogues, and gives a colour to all of them--that mankind only desire evil through ignorance; (6) the experiment of eliciting from the slave-boy the mathematical truth which is latent in him, and (7) the remark that he is all the better for knowing his ignorance.
Even to me, a Mathematician
of no mean standing, and the Grandfather of two most hopeful and perfectly regular Hexagons, to find myself in the midst of a crowd of rotating Polygons of the higher classes, is occasionally very perplexing.
He kept laughing sarcastically, he demonstrated, and at last contemptuously ceased to demonstrate, like a mathematician
who ceases to prove in various ways the accuracy of a problem that has already been proved.
has said that enjoyment lies in the search for truth, not in the finding it."
(7) Porphyry, scholar, mathematician
, philosopher and historian, lived 233-305 (?) A.D.
For you surely would not regard the skilled mathematician as a dialectician?
Assuredly not, he said; I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
According to that celebrated mathematician
, these crater-like cavities had been dug by the hand of man.
or a wit would give you the wrong answer.
"My dear Planchet, I see with pleasure that you have not only become a mathematician
, but a philosopher."
However, the emphasis is clearly on these characters as teachers -- not mathematicians
. In terms of movie characters as mathematicians
, the theme rings true here as well: Mathematicians
rarely feature as movie characters, but when they do, they have some problems!
Students often wonder what mathematicians