— Benoît Mandelbrot Polish-born, French and American mathematician 1924 - 2010
Источник: The (Mis)Behavior of Markets (2004, 2008), Ch. 7, p. 125
Контексте: Contrary to popular opinion, mathematics is about simplifying life, not complicating it. A child learns a bag of candies can be shared fairly by counting them out: That is numeracy. She abstracts that notion to dividing a candy bar into equal pieces: arithmetic. Then, she learns how to calculate how much cocoa and sugar she will need to make enough chocolate for fifteen friends: algebra.