Quotes of Computation

“ Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics. ”

- Unknown

“ An algorithm must be seen to be believed. ”

- Donald Knuth

“ It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. ”

- J.R.R. Tolkien

“ You need, as a historian, essential triangulation from your subject and the only way you get that triangulation is through time. ”

- Ken Burns

“ God does arithmetic. ”

- Carl Friedrich Gauss

“ Reason: The arithmetic of the emotions. ”

- Elbert Hubbard

“ Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic. ”

- Unknown

“ I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam. ”

- Charles Babbage

“ We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. ”

- Sun tzu

“ Why, 'a stalks up and down like a peacock — a stride and a stand; ruminates like an hostess that hath no arithmetic but her brain to set down her reckoning; bites his lip with a politic regard, as who should say, 'There were wit in this head an 'twould out'; and so there is, but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint, which will not show without knocking. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Mr. Herschel brought with him the calculations of the computers, and we commenced the tedious process of verification. After a time many discrepancies occurred, and at one point these discordances were so numerous that I exclaimed, "I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam," to which Herschel replied, "It is quite possible. ”

- Charles Babbage

“ The human brain has about 100 billion neurons. With an estimated average of one thousand connections between each neuron and its neighbors, we have about 100 trillion connections, each capable of a simultaneous calculation... (but) only 200 calculations per second… ”

- Ray Kurzweil

“ The theory of computation has traditionally been studied almost entirely in the abstract, as a topic in pure mathematics. This is to miss the point of it. Computers are physical objects, and computations are physical processes. What computers can or cannot compute is determined by the laws of physics alone, and not by pure mathematics. ”

- David Deutsch

“ Quantum computation is… a distinctively new way of harnessing nature… It will be the first technology that allows useful tasks to be performed in collaboration between parallel universes. ”

- David Deutsch
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