The Commens Dictionary
Quote from ‘Minute Logic: Chapter III. The Simplest Mathematics’
It was Benjamin Peirce, whose son I boast myself, that in 1870 first defined mathematics as “the science which draws necessary conclusions.” This was a hard saying at the time; but today, students of the philosophy of mathematics generally acknowledge its substantial correctness.
‘Mathematics’ (pub. 07.04.13-10:46). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from http://www.commens.org/dictionary/entry/quote-minute-logic-chapter-iii-simplest-mathematics-1.