If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living. Poincare
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. Poincare
Finally! Jules Henri Poincare!
Considering the stature of this brilliant individual and his contributions to mathematics, physics and philosophy, it's only fitting that he occupy our contest for at least two months (and i will leave his picture in the sidebar for awhile.). The standard reference for biographies will give you detailed background. Look here. For more of Poincare's profound quotes look here.
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(2) He is described as a "polymath" and has been called "The Last Universalist" because he excelled at all the established mathematical fields of the time.
Also, Prince Louis-Victor de Broglie was awarded the Poincare Medal (nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/
1. Henri Poincare
2. Grigori Perelman has been credited with proving the Poincare Conjecture, although not without controversy. Perelman refused the Fields Medal offered to him after his proof was confirmed.
3. The clues that I used were in the Aug. 26 post, the word "relatively" and the reference to the "last of a dying breed." Poincare worked on relativity and is considered the last universalist. I also think the phrase "truly unique" refers to Poincare being a jewel; his first name is Jules.
If you're thinking that I feel reverence for Monsieur Poincare, you would be correct...