Thursday, November 26, 2009

Meandering in numbers . . .

Today is the birthday of Norbert Wiener (November 26, 1894 – March 18, 1964), mathematician. He is oft referred to as the founder of cybernetics.

"Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions." - Norbert Wiener

"We are swimming upstream against a great torrent of disorganization...In this, our main obligation is to establish arbitrary enclaves of order and system...It is the greatest possible victory to be, to continue to be, and to have been. No defeat can deprive us of the success of having existed for some moment of time in a universe that seems indifferent to us. " - Norbert Wiener

"What most experimenters take for granted before they begin their experiments is infinitely more interesting than any results to which their experiments lead." - Norbert Wiener

"To live effectively is to live with adequate information." - Norbert Wiener

"The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient for our own survival" - Norbert Wiener

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