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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There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random numbers is, of course, in a state of sin.
Source: Quoted in Knuth, 1968, Vol. 2, also in Goldstine, 1972, p. 297.
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.
Source: Jaynes quoting from a lecture at Princeton by von Neumann, 1954.
If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.
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