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Cardano, Girolamo (1501 - 1576)
To throw in a fair game at Hazards only three-spots, when something great is at stake, or some business is the hazard, is a natural occurrence and deserves to be so deemed; and even when they come up the same way for a second time if the throw be repeated. If the third and fourth plays are the same, surely there is occasion for suspicion on the part of a prudent man.
De Vita Propria Liber.
Caballero, James
I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses. They might be able to hear the sound of closing doors.
Everybody a mathematician?, CAIP Quarterly 2 (Fall, 1989).
Carl Friedrich Gauss
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again; the never satisfied man is so strange if he has completed a structure, then it is not in order to dwell in it peacefully, but in order to begin another. I imagine the world conqueror must feel thus, who, after one kingdom is scarcely conquered, stretched out his arms for others.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Charles Babbage (1864)
Every game of skill is susceptible of being played by an automaton.
The Difference Engine, by Doron Swade, Viking, 2000
Charles Babbage
[To the poet Tennyson:]
Sir: In your otherwise beautiful poem 'The Vision of Sin' there is a verse which reads -- 'Every moment dies a man, Every moment one is born.' It must be manifest that if this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill ... I would suggest that in the next edition of your poem you have it read -- 'Every moment dies a man, Every moment 1 1/16 is born.' The actual figure is so long I cannot get it onto a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.
The Difference Engine, by Doron Swade, Viking, 2000