# Stanislaw Ulam Quotes

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“One conversation centered on the ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.”

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“Thoughts are steered in different ways.”

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The infinite we shall do right away. The finite may take a little longer.

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“Whatever is worth saying, can be stated in fifty words or less.”

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As a mathematician, von Neumann was quick, brilliant, efficient, and enormously broad in scientific interests beyond mathematics itself. He knew his technical abilities; his virtuosity in following complicated reasoning and his insights were supreme; yet he lacked absolute self confidence.

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Mathematics may be a way of developing physically, that is anatomically, new connections in the brain.

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“It is not so much whether a theorem is useful that matters, but how elegant it is.”

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In many cases, mathematics is an escape from reality. The mathematician finds his own monastic niche and happiness in pursuits that are disconnected from external affairs. Some practice it as if using a drug. Chess sometimes plays a similar role. In their unhappiness over the events of this world, some immerse themselves in a kind of self-sufficiency in mathematics. (Some have engaged in it for this reason alone.)

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Thinking very hard about the same problem for several hours can produce a severe fatigue, close to a breakdown. I never really experienced a breakdown, but have felt "strange inside" two or three times during my life.

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“There's nothing new under the sun - everything can be traced

back to Archimedes or even earlier.”

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I am always amazed how much a certain facility with a special and apparently narrow technique can accomplish.

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“In mathematics, as in physics, so much depends on chance, on a propitious moment.”

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He [John von Neumann] had the invaluable faculty of being able to take the most difficult problem and separate it into its components, whereupon everything looked brlliantly simple.

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“Mathematics is an escape from reality.”

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Rota's personality is compatible with mine.

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