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I am teaching mathematics. And I want to collect as many evidences as I can to let my students know that mathematics is very important.

Accidentally I got a quote from Napoleon as follows.

Napoleon used to say that (quoted from this site):

there cannot be a great nation without great mathematics.

Questions:

  1. Did Napoleon say that?

  2. What is the evidence of the correctness of Napoleon's statement about Mathematics above? In other words, was Napoleon right on his statement at that time (not necessarily up to now)?

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  • What is the source/context of that quote? – ChrisW Aug 9 '14 at 11:28
  • Is the question whether Napoleon said this, or whether the statement is true? – P_S Aug 9 '14 at 12:42
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    I think this might be a hard question to answer. There is no clear definition of a "grand nation", nor is it clear how mathematics has to be involved. – P_S Aug 9 '14 at 12:51
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    Apart from being dubiously worded, I don't think this is a factual claim. – Sklivvz Aug 9 '14 at 12:55
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    The two questions are incompatible: the first is a "did he say that" question which is acceptable. The second is clearly unanswerable. As it stands, the question is not acceptable here. – Sklivvz Aug 9 '14 at 13:50

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