…engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces whereof I know nothing, and which know nothing of me, I am terrified.
Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
Humble thyself, impotent reason!
He is very intelligent but he is not a mathematician: this as you know is a great defect.
TOPICS: mathematicians, intelligence
SOURCE: From a letter of Pascal to Fermat