“Math/Mathematics is like love—a simple idea, but it can get complicated” is a math saying that has been printed on many images. “Math is like love—a simple idea but it can get complicated. - R. Drabek” was posted on the newsgroup soc.men on August 22, 1996. “Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated” was posted on several websites in 2007.

It’s not known who “R. Drabek” is. Possibly, this is a typo for Czech theatrologist and English-speaking translator Pavel Drábek.

Google Groups: soc.men

What’s this LBJF stuff??*Genevieve Carolan *

8/22/96

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Math is like love—a simple idea but it can get complicated.

- R. Drabek

Google Groups: alt.quotations

Geometry or Math Quote Wanted*Håvard Fosseng *

9/9/96

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@A: R. Drabek

@Q: Math is like love—a simple idea but it can get complicated.

Google Books *Speaking of Science*

Edited by Jon Fripp, Michael Fripp and Deborah Fripp

Eagle Rock, VA: LLH Technology Pub.

2000

Pg. 45:

Math is like love— a simple idea but it can get complicated. — *R. Drabek*

18 April 2006, *Star Tribune* (Minneapolis, MN), “A big plus in the competitors’ lives ; Math means so much to these busy high schoolers that they waited a month for the state tournament” by Norman Draper, pg. 1B:

Math team T-shirts sported such slogans as “I Actually Like Math,” “Math is like love, a simple idea but it can get complicated” and “You can’t join Math League; it’s social suicide.”

OnlineMathLearning.com

April 5, 2007*Mathematics is ...*

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“Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.”

Math Pages Blog

Tuesday, October 2, 2007*Funny quotes*

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“Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.”

Musings

DEC 17, 2007*Mathematics is like LOVE !*

Math is like LOVE. You know why. It is also a simple idea but it can get complicated.

Top 100

SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2009*Top 10’s Funny Mathematics Quotes*

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“Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.”

Facebook*Math-U-See*

December 19, 2011 ·

Math quote: Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.

Math and Multimedia

February 23, 2013*50 Mathematics Quotes by Mathematicians, Philosophers, and Enthusiasts*

Posted by Guillermo Bautista

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18. Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.

Google Books*The Little Green Math Book: 30 Powerful Principles for Building Math and Numeracy Skills*

By Brandon Royal

Calgary, Alberta: Maven Publishing

2015

Pg. 13:

Math is like love. It starts out simple, then it gets complicated. —Anonymous

StackExchange—Mathematics

*Who is “R. Drabek”?*

The book “Algebra für Einsteiger” bei Bewersdorff (I think the English edition is called “Galois Theory for Beginners”) starts with a nice quotation:

*Math is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.*

This is attributed to “R. Drabek” who is not mentioned in the rest of the book. If I google this name, I only find the above quotation again. (I know there’s a mathematician called Pavel Drábek, but I guess these two aren’t the same.)

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asked Dec 30 ‘15 at 10:20

Frunobulax

Google Books

*ACT Mathematics Workbook 2018 - 2019:*

A Comprehensive Review and Step-By-Step Guide to Preparing for the ACT Math

A Comprehensive Review and Step-By-Step Guide to Preparing for the ACT Math

By Reza Nazari and Ava Ross

Published by the authors

2018

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Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.

Frank SMS

*15 Hilarious Quotes About Math*

FrankSMS.com July 16, 2018

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*Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated*

~ Unknown

~ Unknown

Ho, boy! Can it get complicated! It’s why your social media pages allow you to choose that as an option. Too bad it isn’t an option on your algebra test.

Prodigy

*60+ Brilliant Math Quotes Every Teacher Needs to Read*

July 17, 2019 Jordan Nisbet Inspiration

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Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.

— Anonymous