In speaking to you as a representative from the Mathematical Section of the Academy, I have a feeling of hesitance which is quite usual among mathematicians when they address a mixed or non-mathematical group of scientific men and women. It is a well established tradition that scientists may complacently separate themselves from mathematics and it is equally true that mathematicians are timid about discussing their work with scientists outside their own circle. On the one hand the scientist tends to avoid abstraction, and on the other hand the mathematician does not seek reality. It was this feeling of Separation that prompted the late Alfred Pringsheim, in his presidential address before the Bavarian Academy of Science, to say,"mathematics enjoys an outstanding unpopularity."
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Smith, E. R.
"Presidential Address: Mathematical Combinations Which Correspond to Physical Impossibilities,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 51(1), 129-134.
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