Richard Courant (nonfiction)
He is best known by the general public for the book What is Mathematics?, co-written with Herbert Robbins.
Commenting upon his analysis of experimental results from in-laboratory soap film formations, Courant believed that the existence of a physical solution does not obviate mathematical proof:
Empirical evidence can never establish mathematical existence--nor can the mathematician's demand for existence be dismissed by the physicist as useless rigor. Only a mathematical existence proof can ensure that the mathematical description of a physical phenomenon is meaningful.
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- Richard Courant @ Wikipedia