93 Total Quotes

American Mathematician Quotes

Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.
Ben Hecht
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I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I'm rooting for the machines.
Claude Shannon
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Never had any mathematical conversations with anybody, because there was nobody else in my field.
Alonzo Church
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The only thing that might have annoyed some mathematicians was the presumption of assuming that maybe the axiom of choice could fail, and that we should look into contrary assumptions.
Alonzo Church
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I tried reading Hilbert. Only his papers published in mathematical periodicals were available at the time. Anybody who has tried those knows they are very hard reading.
Alonzo Church
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I was an undergraduate at Princeton, and I was pressed by the math department to go on to graduate school. Actually they gave me fellowships that paid my way, otherwise I would not have been able to continue.
Alonzo Church
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There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry.
Martin Gardner
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Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Ben Hecht
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Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos.
Ben Hecht
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Information is the resolution of uncertainty.
Claude Shannon
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To live effectively is to live with adequate information.
Norbert Wiener
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The idea that information can be stored in a changing world without an overwhelming depreciation of its value is false. It is scarcely less false than the more plausible claim that after a war we may take our existing weapons, fill their barrels with information.
Norbert Wiener
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If God creates a world of particles and waves, dancing in obedience to mathematical and physical laws, who are we to say that he cannot make use of those laws to cover the surface of a small planet with living creatures?
Martin Gardner
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Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.
Ben Hecht
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In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.
Ben Hecht
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I have written a raucous valentine to a poet's dream and agony.
Ben Hecht
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People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized.
Ben Hecht
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I just wondered how things were put together.
Claude Shannon
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Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability.
Claude Shannon
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Love is a hole in the heart.
Ben Hecht
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A man nearly always loves for other reasons than he thinks. A lover is apt to be as full of secrets from himself as is the object of his love from him.
Ben Hecht
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I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.
Ben Hecht
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Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.
Ben Hecht
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In moderating, not satisfying desires, lies peace.
Ben Hecht
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We are going to make sure that there is high-speed broadband available to everyone, and affordable to people historically kept out of it. It means they have not just access, but can also understand how to buy low-cost, affordable computers.
Ben Hecht
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I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.
Ben Hecht
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The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient for our own survival.
Norbert Wiener
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The nervous system and the automatic machine are fundamentally alike in that they are devices, which make decisions on the basis of decisions they made in the past.
Norbert Wiener
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I'm a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.
Ben Hecht
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Listen, little boy. In this business, there's only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble. Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin' it.
Ben Hecht
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