David Hilbert (23 January 1862 – 14 February 1943) was a German mathematician.

He is recognized as one of the most influential and universal mathematicians of the 19th and earl...

He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain. David Hilbert

He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.

A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street. David Hilbert

A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street.

The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man. David Hilbert

The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man.

If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven? David Hilbert

If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?

For us there is no ignorabimus, and in my opinion none at all in natural science. Rather than this foolish ignorabimus our slogan shall be: Wir müssen wissen, wir werden wissen! David Hilbert

For us there is no ignorabimus, and in my opinion none at all in natural science. Rather than this foolish ignorabimus our slogan shall be: Wir müssen wissen, wir werden wissen!

Wir müssen wissen. Wir werden wissen. David Hilbert

Wir müssen wissen. Wir werden wissen.

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper. David Hilbert

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.

Physics is actually too hard for physicists. David Hilbert

Physics is actually too hard for physicists.

One can measure the importance of a scientific work by the number of earlier publications rendered superfluous by it. David Hilbert

One can measure the importance of a scientific work by the number of earlier publications rendered superfluous by it.

No one shall expel us from the paradise that Cantor has created for us. David Hilbert

No one shall expel us from the paradise that Cantor has created for us.

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality. David Hilbert

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.

Geometry, like arithmetic, requires for its logical development only a small number of simple, fundamental principles. These fundamental principles are called the axioms of geometry. David Hilbert

Geometry, like arithmetic, requires for its logical development only a small number of simple, fundamental principles. These fundamental principles are called the axioms of geometry.