John von Neumann

Born: December 28, 1903

Die: February 8, 1957

Occupation: Mathematician

Quotes of John von Neumann

John von Neumann

Technological possibilities are irresistible to man. If man can go to the moon, he will. If he can control the climate, he will.

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John von Neumann

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.

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John von Neumann

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.

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John von Neumann

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

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John von Neumann

It is just as foolish to complain that people are selfish and treacherous as it is to complain that the magnetic field does not increase unless the electric field has a curl. Both are laws of nature.

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John von Neumann

You don't have to be responsible for the world that you're in.

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John von Neumann

With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.

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John von Neumann

Kurt Godel's achievement in modern logic is singular and monumental - indeed it is more than a monument, it is a landmark which will remain visible far in space and time. ... The subject of logic has certainly...

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John von Neumann

Any one who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin. For, as has been pointed out several times, there is no such thing as a random number– there are...

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John von Neumann

Truth is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations.

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John von Neumann

The calculus was the first achievement of modern mathematics and it is difficult to overestimate its importance. I think it defines more unequivocally than anything else the inception of modern mathematics;...

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John von Neumann

I would like to make a confession which may seem immoral: I do not believe in Hilbert space anymore.

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John von Neumann

All stable processes we shall predict. All unstable processes we shall control.

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John von Neumann

The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations,...

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John von Neumann

You insist that there is something a machine cannot do. If you tell me precisely what it is a machine cannot do, then I can always make a machine which will do just that.

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John von Neumann

Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin.

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John von Neumann

Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

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