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Stanislaw Ulam

Data de nascimento: 13. Abril 1909
Data de falecimento: 13. Maio 1984

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Stanisław Marcin Ulam foi um matemático polaco que participou do Projeto Manhattan.

Foi membro da Escola de Matemática de Lviv.

Foi descobridor da espiral de Ulam.

Citações Stanislaw Ulam

„It is like hidden parameters in physics, this ability that does not surface and that I like to call "habitual luck".“

—  Stanislaw Ulam
Context: There may be such a thing as habitual luck. People who are said to be lucky at cards probably have certain hidden talents for those games in which skill plays a role. It is like hidden parameters in physics, this ability that does not surface and that I like to call "habitual luck". Chapter 6, Transition And Crisis, p. 119

„Given this optimistic nature, I feel this way even now when I am past sixty.“

—  Stanislaw Ulam
Context: I was still very hopeful that much work lay ahead of me. Perhaps because much of what I had worked on or thought about had not yet been put into writing, I felt I still had things in reserve. Given this optimistic nature, I feel this way even now when I am past sixty. Chapter 10, Back At Los Alamos, p. 208

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„For a few years I had an off-and-on romance with her.“

—  Stanislaw Ulam
Context: Ada came from Lwów. She was a very good looking girl who was studying mathematics at the University of Geneva. For a few years I had an off-and-on romance with her. Chapter 2, Student Years, p. 45 (On Ada Halpern...)

„I never really experienced a breakdown, but have felt "strange inside" two or three times during my life.“

—  Stanislaw Ulam
Context: 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. Chapter 2, Student Years, p. 34

„The first sign of senility is that a man forgets his theorems, the second sign is that he forgets to zip up, the third sign is that he forgets to zip down.“

—  Stanislaw Ulam
Attributed in Paul Hoffman, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth (1998) This has also been attributed, with variants, to Paul Erdős, who repeated the remark.

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„I'm an agnostic. Sometimes I muse deeply on the forces that are for me invisible. When I am almost close to the idea of God, I feel immediately estranged by the horrors of this world, which he seems to tolerate...“

—  Stanislaw Ulam
as quoted by Olgierd Budrewicz in The melting-pot revisited: twenty well-known Americans of Polish background http://books.google.com/books?ei=jntPUNaTMafZ0QHMloGQBQ&id=pc51AAAAMAAJ&dq=Olgierd+Budrewicz%7C&q=Sometimes+I+muse#search_anchor, publish by Interpress, page 36, 1977.

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„I am turned off when I see only formulas and symbols, and little text.“

—  Stanislaw Ulam
Chapter 15, Random Reflections on Mathematics and Science, p. 275

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