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.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Source: G. Zukav The Dancing Wu Li Masters.
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
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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