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Gaston Gonnet (founder of the MAPLE computer algebra system) in an interview with Thomas Haigh in 2005 (SIAM History of Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Project; see here for the complete interview). I have fond memories of MAPLE as as … Continue reading

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Gian-Carlo Rota (1932-1999), a mathematician who made landmark contributions in combinatorics, and also a great teacher: The lack of real contact between mathematics and biology is either a tragedy, a scandal or a challenge; it is hard to decide which. … Continue reading

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Donald Knuth (1938-), computing guru and creator of LaTex (a typsetting system that allows the creation of beautiful mathematical text): Biology easily has 500 years of exciting problems to work on, it’s at that level P/S: For every mistake pointed … Continue reading

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Frank Oppenheimer (1912-1985), an American physicist who participated in the Manhattan project: The best way to learn is to teach, the best way to teach is to keep learning. I can confirm the veracity of this quote. P/S: I just … Continue reading

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Gems from I.M. Gelfand (1913-2009), the last complete* mathematician who was also a legendary teacher of mathematics: The most important a student can get from the study of mathematics is the attainment of a higher intellectual level. In our century … Continue reading

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Here comes Richard Feynman (1918-1988). He was popular with young scientists because he was the epitome of cool – smart, good at music, jokes, unconventional, and not afraid to tell ‘experts’ in their face to go fly kite. In his … Continue reading

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Paul Dirac (1902-1984), who made fundamental contributions to the study of quantum mechanics: The aim of science is to make difficult things understandable in a simpler way; the aim of poetry is to state simple things in an incomprehensible way. … Continue reading

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Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) on conciseness: I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time. Brevity and conciseness are signs of an organised mind; ramblings and vacuous statements are signs of an empty mind trying desperately … Continue reading

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George E.P. Box (1979) on statistical modelling: All models are wrong, but some are useful. The normal distribution probability density function is defined over all real x, so in principle it cannot be a correct model for the distribution of … Continue reading

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R.A.Fisher on the purpose of statistics (1922): Briefly, and in its most concrete form, the object of statistical methods is the reduction of data. A quantity of data, which usually by its mere bulk is incapable of entering the mind, … Continue reading

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