One of my computer science colleagues sent me this quote from Polya about Euler. This is usually something I’d to post on Twitter, but it is too long. So I thought I’d reproduce it here.

…among old mathematicians, I was most influenced by Euler and mostly because Euler did something that no other great mathematician of his stature did. He explained how he found his results and I was deeply interested in that. It has to do with my interest in problem solving.

[Source: George Polya Interviewed on His Ninetieth Birthday, by G. L. Alexanderson, *The Two-Year College Mathematics Journal*, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jan., 1979), pp. 13-19]

Contrast this with Gauss, for example, who wrote very little, as illustrated by this famous quote:

You know that I write slowly. This is chieﬂy because I am never satisﬁed until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing brieﬂy takes far more time than writing at length.

Yet another reason to love Euler.

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