David Hilbert had
“We must know.
We will know.”
Fun fact: I celebrated my 19 birthday last year by drawing a heptadecagon, which was what Gauss achieved in PROVING its conductibility when he was 19.
I am always fascinated by how a mathematician like Gauss could create such significant mathematical advancement at such a young age. I mean, I barely pass my exams on ‘old’ mathematics in university at 19. ‘Genius’ is such a over-used word, but Gauss deserves that title.
It is probably too early for me to think about my tombstone, but I would love to have a mathematical theorem named after me and people I love (P.S. really hope I won’t die alone, so I can name it after my wife or kids. For the moment I am still single). And I would love a maths joke on the stone as well.