# „Abstractness, sometimes hurled as a reproach at mathematics, is its chief glory and its surest title to practical usefulness. It is also the source of such beauty as may spring from mathematics.“

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### „A few programming is taking you away from mathematics; a lot will get you back in.“

— Xavier Leroy French computer scientistand programmer 1968

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### „The mathematics is not there till we put it there.“

— Arthur Stanley Eddington British astrophysicist 1882 - 1944

### „I am persuaded that it [The Method of Mechanical Theorems] will be of no little service to mathematics; for I apprehend that some, either of my contemporaries or of my successors, will, by means of the method when once established, be able to discover other theorems in addition, which have not yet occurred to me.“

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### „In mathematics he was greater

Than Tycho Brahe, or Erra Pater:

For he, by geometric scale,

Could take the size of pots of ale;

Resolve, by sines and tangents straight,

If bread and butter wanted weight;

And wisely tell what hour o' th' day

The clock doth strike, by algebra.“

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Canto I, line 119

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— Peter Debye Dutch-American physicist and physical chemist 1884 - 1966

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— Ronald Fisher English statistician, evolutionary biologist, geneticist, and eugenicist 1890 - 1962

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— Stuart A. Umpleby American scientist 1944

Stuart A. Umpleby (1991) "Strategies for Winning Acceptance of Second Order Cybernetics." In George E. Lasker, et al. (eds.) Advances in Human Systems and Information Technologies. Windsor, Canada: International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, 1992. pp. 97-196. (paper)

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— Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959

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— Frank Honywill George British psychologist 1921 - 1997

p.18

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— David Eugene Smith American mathematician 1860 - 1944

p, 125

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