John von Neumann

1903 - 1957

A Quote by John Louis von Neumann

Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random numbers is, of course, in a state of sin.

John von Neumann (1903 - 1957)

Source: Quoted in Knuth, 1968, Vol. 2, also in Goldstine, 1972, p. 297.

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A Quote by John Louis von Neumann on justice and machines

You insist that there is something a machine cannot do. If you tell me precisely what it is a machine cannot do, then I can always make a machine which will do just that.

John von Neumann (1903 - 1957)

Source: Jaynes quoting from a lecture at Princeton by von Neumann, 1954.

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A Quote by John Louis von Neumann on justice, mathematics, and understanding

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

John von Neumann (1903 - 1957)

Source: G. Zukav The Dancing Wu Li Masters.

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A Quote by John Louis von Neumann

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.

John von Neumann (1903 - 1957)

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A Quote by John Louis von Neumann on belief, life, mathematics, people, and simplicity

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

John von Neumann (1903 - 1957)

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