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John Von Neumann Quotes

I am a little troubled about the tea service in the electronic computer building. Apparently the members of your staff consume several times as much supplies as the same number of people do in Fuld Hall and they have been especially unfair in the matter of sugar ... I should like to raise the question whether it would not be better for the computer people to come up to Fuld Hall at the end of the day at 5 oclock and have their tea here under proper supervision.
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Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

— John Von Neumann

The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work - that is correctly to describe phenomena from a reasonably wide area. Furthermore, it must satisfy certain esthetic criteria - that is, in relation to how much it describes, it must be rather simple.

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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.

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There probably is a God. Many things are easier to explain if there is than if there isn't.

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The calculus was the first achievement of modern mathematics and it is difficult to overestimate its importance. I think it defines more unequivocally than anything else the inception of modern mathematics; and the system of mathematical analysis, which is its logical development, still constitutes the greatest technical advance in exact thinking.

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I am thinking about something much more important than bombs. I am thinking about computers.

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You wake me up early in the morning to tell me I am right? Please wait until I am wrong.

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Technological possibilities are irresistible to man. If man can go to the moon, he will. If he can control the climate, he will.

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There is no point in being precise if you do not even know what you are talking about.

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Life is a process which may be abstracted from other media.

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