„When we attempt to conceive the number of particles in an atmosphere, it is somewhat like attempting to conceive the number of stars in the universe; we are confounded with the thought. But if we limit the subject, by taking a given volume of any gas, we seem persuaded that, let the divisions be ever so minute, the number of particles must be finite; just as in a given space of the universe, the number of stars and planets cannot be infinite.“

—  John Dalton, buch A New System of Chemical Philosophy

Quelle: A New System of Chemical Philosophy (1808), Ch. III On Chemical Synthesis

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„There are 1011 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.“

—  Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988

from a 1987 class, as quoted in David L. Goodstein, "Richard P. Feynman, Teacher," Physics Today, volume 42, number 2 (February 1989) p. 70-75, at p. 73
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—  Robert M. Pirsig, buch Zen und die Kunst ein Motorrad zu warten

Quelle: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 9; in Ch. 22 (see below) Pirsig recounts finding that Henri Poincaré had made a similar statement decades earlier.

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„The law of small numbers is not really a law. It is a sarcastic name describing the misguided attempt to apply the law of large numbers when the numbers aren't large.“

—  Leonard Mlodinow, buch The Drunkard's Walk

Quelle: The Drunkard's Walk, Chapter 5, The Dueling Of Large And Small Numbers, p. 99

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—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943

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„We strongly condemn all attempts to rewrite history, reduce the number of victims and minimize contribution to the defeat of Nazism and fascism, as well as attempts to rehabilitate those ideologists.“

—  Ivica Dačić Serbian politician 1966

Quelle: "Ivica Dacic: Serbia and Russia are more than just historical friends and allies" in The State Duma http://duma.gov.ru/en/news/51667/ (2 June 2021)

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