Sobre o Von Neumann (1903-1957), duas citações da Wikipedia:

“[…] was a Hungarian American mathematician who made major contributions to a vast range of fields, including set theory, functional analysis, quantum mechanics, ergodic theory, continuous geometry, economics and game theory, computer science, numerical analysis, hydrodynamics (of explosions), and statistics, as well as many other mathematical fields. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians in modern history. The mathematician Jean Dieudonné called von Neumann ‘the last of the great mathematicians’, while Peter Lax described him as possessing the most ‘fearsome technical prowess’ and ‘scintillating intellect’ of the century. Even in Budapest, in the time that produced geniuses like Theodore von Kármán (b. 1881), Leó Szilárd (b. 1898), Eugene Wigner (b. 1902), and Edward Teller (b. 1908), his brilliance stood out.”

“János, nicknamed ‘Jancsi’ (Johnny), was a child prodigy who showed an aptitude for languages, memorization, and mathematics. By the age of six, he could exchange jokes in Classical Greek, memorize telephone directories, and display prodigious mental calculation abilities. He entered the Hungarian-speaking Lutheran high school Fasori Evangelikus Gimnázium in Budapest in 1911. Although he attended school at the grade level appropriate to his age, his father hired private tutors to give him advanced instruction in those areas in which he had displayed an aptitude. Recognized as a mathematical prodigy, at the age of 15 he began to study under Gábor Szegő. On their first meeting, Szegő was so impressed with the boy’s mathematical talent that he was brought to tears. […] By the end of year 1927 Neumann had published twelve major papers in mathematics, and by the end of year 1929 thirty-two, in a rate of nearly one major paper per month.”

Algumas citações interessantes de Anatole France.

“Il est dans la nature humaine de penser sagement et d’agir d’une façon absurde.”
“Pour accomplir de grandes choses il ne suffit pas d’agir il faut rêver; il ne suffit pas de calculer, il faut croire.”

Também tem uma que me interessou aqui.

“The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.”

Agora outra, que eu achei procurando informação sobre o movimento Zeitgeist.

“Likewise, most occupations are not directly related to the actual necessities of life. Rather, they are artificial concoctions in order to keep people employed so they can maintain purchasing power. The very reality that each human being is required to be put in a position of servitude to a corporation or client in order to gain income to purchase the necessities of life also perpetuates extreme waste… however, this time, it is the waste of the human mind and human life. In the modern world, advancements in science and technology have shown that we can automate a great deal. In fact, statistically speaking, the more we have applied mechanization to labor, the more productive things have become. Therefore, it is not only negligent for us to waste our lives waiting tables, working at a bus station, fixing cars, or other repetitive, monotonous jobs, it is also entirely irresponsible for us not to apply modern mechanization techniques to all industries possible for, apart from strategic resource management, this is a powerful way to achieve balance and abundance for all the world’s people, reducing crime generating imbalances. In other words, it is time to update society to present day knowledge, taking the carrying capacity of the earth into account and realigning our methods based not on the reward of monetary gain..but the goal of social sustainability as a whole.”

Talvez isso seja muito grande para contar como citação, mas este post é provisório mesmo.

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