Norbert Wiener

1894 - 1964

A Quote by Norbert Wiener on chess, correction, mathematics, problems, reputation, and success

The Advantage is that mathematics is a field in which one's blunders tend to show very clearly and can be corrected or erased with a stroke of the pencil. It is a field which has often been compared with chess, but differs from the latter in that it is only one's best moments that count and not one's worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematician's reputation.

Norbert Wiener (1894 - 1964)

Source: Ex-Prodigy: My Childhood and Youth.

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A Quote by Norbert Wiener on god, students, and theory

The modern physicist is a quantum theorist on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and a student of gravitational relativity theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Sunday he is neither, but is praying to his God that someone, preferably himself, will find the reconciliation between the two views.

Norbert Wiener (1894 - 1964)

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A Quote by Norbert Wiener on future, possibility, and progress

Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions.

Norbert Wiener (1894 - 1964)

Source: The Human Use of Human Beings.

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A Quote by Norbert Wiener

A professor is one who can speak on any subject - for precisely fifty minutes.

Norbert Wiener (1894 - 1964)

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A Quote by Norbert Wiener on environment

We have modified our environment so radically that we must now modify ourselves to exist in this new environment.

Norbert Wiener (1894 - 1964)

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