Zielona Góra, Poland

Language: Polish

Subject area: mathematics and statistics

University website: www.uz.zgora.pl/index.php?en

Wydział Matematyki, Informatyki i Ekonometrii

Mathematics (from Greek μάθημα máthēma, "knowledge, study, learning") is the study of such topics as quantity, structure, space, and change. It has no generally accepted definition.

Think of it: of the infinity of real numbers, those that are most important to mathematics—0, 1, √2, e and π—are located within less than four units on the number line. A remarkable coincidence? A mere detail in the Creator's grand design? I let the reader decide.

Eli Maor, e: The Story of a Number (1994)

Mathematics is a versatile art; it can be applied to widely different purposes. Math has no morality; it does not care what it counts or what it proves.

Brian Stableford, Ashes and Tombstones, in Peter Crowther (ed.) Moon Shots (1999), reprinted in David G. Hartwell (ed.) Year's Best SF 5 (2000), p. 412

If you are interested in the ultimate character of the physical world, or the complete world, and at the present time our only way to understand that is through the mathematical type of reasoning... the great depth of character of the universality of the laws, the relationships of things... I don't know any other way to do it, we don't know any other way to describe it accurately... or to see the interrelationships without it... don't misunderstand me, there are many, many aspects of the world that mathematics is unnecessary for... but we were talking about physics... to not know mathematics is a severe limitation in understanding the world.

Richard Feynman, "The Rules of the Game," The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (1999)

Atmospheric remote sensing is vitally important to addressing major societal challenges related to climate change and atmospheric pollution. An EU-funded project is reducing the uncertainty in critical atmospheric parameters and training a new generation of scientists in new observation techniques.