John von Neumann Quotes

Who was John von Neumann?

John von Neumann was a Hungarian-American mathematician and computer scientist and a very clever guy. He was also into game theory.

Born December 28, 1903
Died February 8, 1957
Aged 53 years old

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Best 8 Quotes by John von Neumann

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

“An element which stimulates itself will hold a stimulus indefinitely.”

“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 only methods to produce random numbers, and a strict arithmetic procedure of course is not such a method.”

“Can we survive technology?”

“Computers are like humans – they do everything except think.”

“In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.”

The Computer and the Brain Quotes

“A system of logical instructions that an automaton can carry out and which causes the automaton to perform some organized task is called a code.”

The Computer and the Brain

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“It is only proper to realize that language is largely a historical accident.”

The Computer and the Brain

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“At any given moment, there is always a line representing what your boss will believe. If you step over it, you will not get your budget. Go as close to that line as you can.”

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