Number rules the universe.

    数支配着宇宙。
              ——毕达哥拉斯(Pythagoras)

 

 

 

 

    Reason is immortal, all else mortal.

    理性是不朽的,其余一切都会消亡。
              ——毕达哥拉斯(Pythagoras)

 

 

 

 

    The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics”.

    数学是纯粹思维的最高形式。

                                  ——柏拉图(Plato)

 

 

 

 

     

    Nature’s great book is written in mathematical symbol.
    自然这本大书是用数学符号写的。
                             ——伽里略(Galileo)

 

 

 

 

    

    Mathematics is the Queen of the Sciences,and Arithmetic the Queen of Mathematics.

  数学是科学的皇后,而数论是数学的皇后。

                              ——高斯 Gauss

 

 

 

 

    Wir müssen wissen, wir werden wissen.

    We must know, we will know.

    我们必须知道,我们必将知道。

 

             ——希尔伯特(Hilbert)

 

 

 

 

    Pure mathematics is,in its way,the poetry of logical ideas.
    纯粹数学,就其本质而言,是逻辑思维的诗篇。
                      ——爱因斯坦(Einstein)

 

 

 

 

 

    The science of mathematics presents the most brilliant example of how pure reason may successfully enlarge its domain without the aid of experience.
    数学科学呈现出一个最辉煌的例子,表明纯粹的理性如何能不借助实验而成功地扩大其领域。
                                    ——康德(Kant)

   

 

 

 

 

    Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

     历史使人聪明,诗歌使人机智,数学使人精细,哲学使人深邃,道德使人严肃,逻辑与修辞使人善辩。

 

              ——培根Francis Bacon)

     

 

 

 

     The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.
    学习数学的惟一方法是做数学。


           —— 哈尔莫斯(Paul Halmos)

 

 

 

 

    I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.

  想像力比知识更重要,因为知识是有限的,而想象力则包罗万象,推动着进步,是进化的源泉。

           ——爱因斯坦(Einstein)






    Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
  逻辑会把你从A引导到B,而想象力会把你引向任何地方。
           ——爱因斯坦
(Einstein)



 

   A true mathematician who is not also something of a poet will never be a perfect mathematician.
    一个没有几分诗人气质的数学家永远不可能成为十全十美的数学家。
             ——魏尔斯特拉斯(Weierstrass)



    Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty, a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.
   < 拙译> 数学,当你正确地看待它时,不仅拥有真,而且拥有非凡的美 —— 一种犹如雕塑般冷峻而素朴的美,一种不引诱任何我们的较软弱天性的美,一种没有绘画和音乐那样富丽花俏的装饰的纯净之至的美,同时又能达到一种唯有最伟大的艺术才能表达的严格的完美。
               ——罗素(Bertrand Russell






   The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
   < 拙译> 正如在诗歌中一样,在数学中同样能找到真正的欢乐的精神,升华的快感,那种超越凡俗接近神祗的美妙感觉——它是最高级的卓越成就的试金石。
               ——罗素(Bertrand Russell






    Besides language and music, it [mathematics] is one of the primary manifestations of the free creative power of the human mind, and it is the universal organ for world-understanding through theoretical construction. Mathematics must therefore remain an essential element of the knowledge and abilities which we have to teach, of the culture we have to transmit, to the next generation.
    < 拙译> 数学是除了语言与音乐之外,人类心灵自由创造力的主要表达方式之一,而且它是通过理论的构建理解宇宙万物的普适工具。因此,数学必须始终是我们得传授给下一代的知识和技能的要素和我们要传承给下一代的文化的要素。
                   ——外尔(Hermann Weyl)

     

 



    What we do may be small , but it has a certain character of permanence ; and to have produced anything of the slightest permanent interest , whether it be a copy of verses or a geometrical theorem , is to have done something utterly beyond the powers of the vast majority of men .
    < 拙译>我们所做的或许微不足道,但它具有某种永恒的特征;而创造了具有一丝一毫永久性兴趣的任何东西,不管是几行诗句也好,或者是一个几何定理也罢,已经是做了某件完全超出芸芸众生绝大多数人能力之上的事情。

    ——哈代G.H.Hardy

         ——摘自《一个数学家的辩白》

            (A Mathematician's Apology)






    Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not. "Immortality" may be a silly word, but probably a mathematician has the best chance of whatever it may mean.

    < 拙译> 当埃斯库罗斯被人遗忘之际阿基米德仍会被人铭记,因为语言会死亡而数学思想不会。“长生不死”是一个愚蠢的词,但不管它实际上何所指,数学家当属首选。
   

                            ——哈代G.H.Hardy

         ——摘自《一个数学家的辩白》

            (A Mathematician's Apology)


 


 

  

    If intellectual curiosity , professional pride , and ambition are the dominant incentives to research , then assuredly no one has a fairer chance of gratifying them than a mathematician. His subject is the most curious of all --- there is none in which truth plays such odd pranks. It has the most elaborate and the most fascinating technique, and gives unrivalled openings for the display of sheer professional skill. Finally , as history proves abundantly , mathematical achievement, whatever its intrinsic worth , is the most enduring of all.

     <拙译> 如果理智的好奇,职业的自豪和抱负心是研究工作的主要激励,那么可以肯定没有谁比数学家享有更好地满足这些欲望的机会了。他的研究对象是世上最激发好奇心的——没有哪一个领域里的真理爱跟人耍如此奇诡的把戏。它具有最完善精致和最有趣迷人的工具,它给人表现纯粹的职业技巧无可匹敌的良机。最后,正如历史充分证明的那样,数学上的成就,无论它的内在价值如何,是世间最永久恒常的。


                            ——哈代G.H.Hardy

 

        ——摘自《一个数学家的辩白》

            (A Mathematician's Apology)





    But on the whole the history of science is fair, and this is particularly true in mathematics. No other subject has such clear-cut or unanimously accepted standards, and the men who are remembered are almost always the men who merit it. Mathematical fame, if you have the cash to pay it, is one of the soundest and steadiest of investments.
   
<拙译> 但在总体上讲,科学的历史是公平的,对数学尤然。没有一门其他的学科象数学一样有着如此清晰明确和被一致公认的标准,而那些被铭记的人几乎都是当之无愧的。数学上的荣誉,如果你有支付得起的现金的话,是最合理最稳固的投资之一。

                       ——哈代G.H.Hardy

 

        ——摘自《一个数学家的辩白》

            (A Mathematician's Apology)


论小于某给定值的素数的个数

(黎曼提出黎曼猜想的原始论文)

黎曼(Riemann)原著       谢国芳(Roy Xie)译注

Email:  roixie@163.com   

   

       承蒙(柏林)科学院接纳我为通讯院士,我想表达被赐予这份殊荣的感谢之情的最好方式是立即利用由此得到的许可报告一项关于素数分布密度的研究,考虑到高斯和狄利克雷曾长期对此问题抱有浓厚的兴趣,它似乎并不是完全配不上这样的一个报告。

     





     未完待续(To Be Continued