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"One of the biggest problems of mathematics is to explain to everyone else what it is all about. The technical trappings of the subject, its symbolism and formality, its baffling terminology, its apparent delight in lengthy calculations: these tend to obscure its real nature. A musician would be horrified if his art were to be summed up as 'a lot of tadpoles drawn on a row of lines'; but that's all that the untrained eye can see in a page of sheet music... In the same way, the symbolism of mathematics is merely its coded form, not its substance."

- Ian Stewart

On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament],
  • 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?'
I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
  • Babbage, Charles

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny..."
  • Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
  • Richard Feynman

Diamond: Graphite, having a good day.

"Give someone a program, you frustrate them for a day; teach them how to program, you frustrate them for a lifetime." - David Leinweber

My favorite thing about less powerful languages is that they force you to think hard about how you can avoid doing things altogether.

.... if you are to have but one book with you upon a journey, let it be a book of science. When you read through a book of entertainment, you know it, and it can do no more for you; but a book of science is inexhaustible.
  • Dr Samuel Johnson


"Marcus Chown, author of The Magic Furnace, described the significance of stellar alchemy as follows:

'In order that we might live, stars in their billions, tens of billions, hundreds of billions even have died. The iron in our blood, the calcium in our bones, the oxygen that fills our lungs each time we take a breath - all were cooked in the furnaces of the stars which expired long before the Earth was born.'

"Romantics might like to think of themselves as being composed of stardust.

"Cynics might prefer to think of themselves as nuclear waste."

The Axiom Of Choice is obviously true;
The Well Ordering Principle is obviously false;
and who can tell about Zorn's Lemma?
  • attrib. Jerry Bona,

For more about the Axiom of Choice and Zorn's Lemma, There are also some Random Quotations and some One Liners.


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