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#1. There is something in statistics that makes it very similar to astrology. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#2. A technique is a trick that works. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#3. Philosophers and psychiatrists should explain why it is that we mathematicians are in the habit of systematically erasing our footsteps. Scientists have always looked askance at this strange habit of mathematicians, which has changed little from Pythagoras to our day. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#4. The apex of mathematical achievement occurs when two or more fields which were thought to be entirely unrelated turn out to be closely intertwined. Mathematicians have never decided whether they should feel excited or upset by such events. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#5. The progress of mathematics can be viewed as progress from the infinite to the finite. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#6. Mathematicians - for what they do - are really poorly rewarded. And it's a very competitive field, almost as bad as being a concert pianist. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#7. [In mathematics] There are two kinds of mistakes. There are fatal mistakes that destroy a theory, but there are also contingent ones, which are useful in testing the stability of a theory. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#8. If we have no idea why a statement is true, we can still prove it by induction. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#9. Stan Ulam was lazy, ... He talked too much ... He was self-centered ... He had an overpowering personality. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#10. The advice we give others is the advice that we ourselves need. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#11. Very little mathematics has direct applications - though fortunately most of it has plenty of indirect ones. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#12. How did he do it? He must be a genius! - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#13. Making mathematics accessible to the educated layman, while keeping high scientific standards, has always been considered a treacherous navigation between the Scylla of professional contempt and the Charybdis of public misunderstanding. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#14. THE COMPUTER IS JUST AN INSTRUMENT for doing faster what we already know how to do slower. All pretensions to computer intelligence and paradise-tomorrow promises should be toned down before the public turns away in disgust. And if that should happen, our civilization might not survive. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#15. Running overtime is the one unforgivable error a lecturer can make. After fifty minutes (one microcentury as von Neumann used to say) everybody's attention will turn elsewhere. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#16. Our faith in Mathematics is not likely to wane if we openly acknowledge that the personalities of even the greatest mathematicians may be as flawed as those of anyone else. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#17. It is a common public relations gimmick to give the entire credit for the solution of famous problems to the one mathematician who is responsible for the last step. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#18. Mathematics is the study of analogies between analogies. All science is. Scientists want to show that things that don't look alike are really the same. That is one of their innermost Freudian motivations. In fact, that is what we mean by understanding. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#19. We often hear that mathematics consists mainly of 'proving theorems.' Is a writer's job mainly that of 'writing sentences? - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#20. Are mathematical ideas invented or discovered? This question has been repeatedly posed by philosophers through the ages and will probably be with us forever. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#21. Theorems are not to mathematics what successful courses are to a meal. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#22. The pendulum of mathematics swings back and forth towards abstraction and away from it with a timing that remains to be estimated. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#23. The lack of real contact between mathematics and biology is either a tragedy, a scandal or a challenge, it is hard to decide which. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#24. A mathematician's work is mostly a tangle of guesswork, analogy, wishful thinking and frustration, and proof, far from being the core of discovery, is more often than not a way of making sure that our minds are not playing tricks. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#25. Mathematicians also make terrible salesmen. Physicists can discover the same thing as a mathematician and say 'We've discovered a great new law of nature. Give us a billion dollars.' And if it doesn't change the world, then they say, 'There's an even deeper thing. Give us another billion dollars.' - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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#26. God created infinity, and man, unable to understand infinity, had to invent finite sets. - Author: Gian-Carlo Rota
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