„The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.“

Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (1962) Preface

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Richard Hamming
US-amerikanischer Mathematiker, einer der Begründer der Kod… 1915 - 1998

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„Random numbers are to a computer what free will is to a human being.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, buch The Number of the Beast

Quelle: The Number of the Beast (1980), Chapter XXI : —three seconds is a long time—, p. 180

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„If you compute the years in which all this has happened, it is but a little while; if you number the vicissitudes, it seems an age.“
Si computes annos, exiguum tempus, si vices rerum, aevum putes.

—  Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113

Letter 24, 5.
Letters, Book IV

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Woodrow Wilson Foto

„I have read it with the deepest appreciation of Mr. Herron's singular insight into all the elements of a complicated situation and into my own motives and purposes.“

—  Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924

Letter to Mitchell Kennerley about the book Woodrow Wilson and the World's Peace, October 1, 1917 https://books.google.com/books?id=Gr6atcdK37EC&pg=PA123 https://books.google.com/books?id=2BL2AwAAQBAJ&pg=PA2383

„To an increasing number of practitioners, computer simulations rooted in mathematics represent a third way of doing science, alongside theory and experiment.“

—  Ivars Peterson Canadian mathematician 1948

Quelle: The Mathematical Tourist: New and Updated Snapshots of Modern Mathematics (1998), Chapter 1, “Explorations” (p. 10)

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„Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?“

—  Pliny the Elder, buch Naturalis historia

Book XXVIII, sec. 23.
Naturalis Historia

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Erik Naggum Foto

„Computer programming is like the ability or skill to see what Picasso saw from all the different angles at once. If it is an art, the crucial element of art is to look at things from an angle that produces new insight or at least has that potential.“

—  Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009

Re: Guide to Lisp, v1.20 http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/f7bc99564506e851 (Usenet article).
Usenet articles, Miscellaneous

„Quackery is important because through it vast numbers of our people have sought to bolster or restore their health and because it affords insight into an anti-rational approach to one of the key problems of life.“

—  James Harvey Young American historian 1915 - 2006

Quelle: The Toadstool Millionaires: A Social History of Patent Medicines in America Before Federal Regulation (1961), p. vii

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„Understanding requires insight. Insight must be anchored.“

—  Brian Greene American physicist 1963

Quelle: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

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„Now at the moment the world is suffering from large numbers of people who have no purpose in life — for whom there is no opportunity — and that's sad.“

—  Jonas Salk Inventor of polio vaccine 1914 - 1995

The Open Mind interview (1985)
Kontext: I look upon ourselves as partners in all of this, and that each of us contributes and does what he can do best. And so I see not a top rung and a bottom rung — I see all this horizontally — and I see this as part of a matrix. And I see every human being as having a purpose, a destiny, if you like. And what my hope is that we can find some way to fulfill the biological potential, if you like — the destiny that exists in each of us — and find ways and means to provide such opportunities for everyone. Now at the moment the world is suffering from large numbers of people who have no purpose in life — for whom there is no opportunity — and that's sad.

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