A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré on assumptions, imagination, logic, machines, needs, and understanding

Thus, be it understood, to demonstrate a theorem, it is neither necessary nor even advantageous to know what it means. The geometer might be replaced by the "logic piano" imagined by Stanley Jevons; or, if you choose, a machine might be imagined where the assumptions were put in at one end, while the theorems came out at the other, like the legendary Chicago machine where the pigs go in alive and come out transformed into hams and sausages. No more than these machines need the mathematician know what he does.

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by Josef Joffe on america, economics, force, jobs, machines, nations, play, war, and world

The classic way to force other nations to do what they did not want to used to be war. Today there is a much bigger payoff in "getting others to want what you want," and that has to do with "cultural attraction," "ideology" and "agenda setting." Think of the U.S. as a gambler who, can play simultaneously at every table that matters-and with more chips than anybody else. It is the largest economy, the fastest-running job machine and the world's biggest exporter. Whichever heap you choose, America sits on top of it.

Josef Joffe

Source: New York Times Magazine

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A Quote by John William Gardner on achievement, belief, change, laws, machines, money, people, problems, solution, and voting

Some people seem to believe that for each problem there is a solution readily available - a solution that can be promptly achieved by passing a law and voting some money. I think of this as the vending machine concept of social change. Put a coin in the machine and out comes a piece of candy. If there is a social problem, pass a law and out comes a solution.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

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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 Roderigo Dos Passos on day, machines, and sister

The chilly December day! two shivering bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio first felt their homemade contraption whittled out of hickory sticks, gummed together with Arnstein's bicycle cement, stretched with muslin they'd sewn on their sister's sewing machine in their own backyard on Hawthorn Street in Dayton, Ohio, soar into the air above the dunes and the wide beach at Kitty Hawk.

John Roderigo Dos Passos (1896 - 1970)

Source: The Big Money, 1936. The Campers at Kitty Hawk

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A Quote by Jimi Hendrix on death, machines, managers, and needs

Telephone message on his manager's answering machine shortly before dying of heroin overdose: I need help bad, man.

Jimi Hendrix

Source: Last Words

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A Quote by Jeanette Winterson on assumptions, church, confusion, hospitals, machines, problems, simplicity, and world

Since I was born I had assumed that the world ran on very simple lines, like a larger version of our church. Now I was finding that even the church was sometimes confused. This was a problem. But not one I chose to deal with for many years more. The problem there and then was what was going to happen to me. The Victoria Hospital was big and frightening, and I couldn't even sing to any effect because I couldn't hear what I was singing. There was nothing to read except some dental notices and an instruction leaflet for the X-ray machine. I tried to build an igloo out of the orange peel but it kept falling down and even when I stood up I didn't have an Eskimo to put in it, so I had to invent a story about 'How Eskimo Got Eaten', which made me even more miserable. It's always the same with diversions; you get involved.

Jeanette Winterson

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A Quote by Jean Arp on anxiety, day, egotism, humanity, inventions, legends, life, machines, meditation, and silence

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. . . . Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.

Jean Arp (1887 - 1966)

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on certainty, change, destruction, jobs, life, machines, temptation, and theory

. . . Luddites were those frenzied traditionalists of the early 19th century who toured [England] wrecking new weaving machines on the theory that if they were destroyed . . . old jobs and old ways of life could be preserved . . . At certain times in his life each man is tempted to become a Luddite, for there is always something he would like to go back to. But to be against all change-against change in the abstract-is folly.

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

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A Quote by Hyrum W. Smith on achievement, assumptions, change, character, charity, day, goals, growth, humility, ideas, imagination, life, machines, mind, needs, peace, sacrifice, success, trying, and wisdom

Seeing ourselves as we want to be is a key to personal growth. To successfully bring about change in our lives we need to implement a system of change that is build upon three assumptions. First Assumption: We change our lives by changing the attitudes of our minds. Second Assumption: We become what we think about all day long. Third Assumption: Our mind is naturally goal seeking. Please remember these assumptions. Our mind is always trying to accomplish something. We have a powerful machine wanting to achieve goals. It will set the goals that we allow it to. Note: For Hyrum Smith's other ideas which he regards as pertinent to Success, see Topics: Character, Charity, Goals, Humility, Peace of Mind, Sacrifice, Success, Success-Change-Constructive Imagination, Wisdom

Hyrum W. Smith

Source: notes

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