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Nothing is faster than the speed of light ...
To prove this to yourself, try opening the refrigerator door before the
light comes on.



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Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature.
She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson




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Nuclear powered vacuuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years.
 Alex Lewyt (President of the Lewyt Corporation,
manufacturers of vacuum cleaners), quoted in The New York
Times, June 10, 1955.



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Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.




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"Obviously, a major malfunction has occurred."
 Steve Nesbitt, voice of Mission Control, January 28,
1986, as the shuttle Challenger exploded within view
of the grandstands.



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Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd
run out of air to push against.




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Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lampposts  for support
rather than illumination.



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On a paper submitted by a physicist colleague:
"This isn't right. This isn't even wrong."
 Wolfgang Pauli




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Once upon a time, when I was training to be a mathematician, a group of
us bright young students taking number theory discovered the names of the
smaller prime numbers.
2: The Odd Prime 
It's the only even prime, therefore is odd. QED.
3: The True Prime 
Lewis Carroll: "If I tell you 3 times, it's true."
31: The Arbitrary Prime 
Determined by unanimous unvote. We needed an arbitrary prime in
case the prof asked for one, and so had an election. 91 received
the most votes (well, it *looks* prime) and 3+4i the next most.
However, 31 was the only candidate to receive none at all.
41: The Female Prime 
The polynomial X**2  X + 41 is
prime for integer values from 1 to 40.
43: The Male Prime  they form a prime pair.
Since the composite numbers are formed from primes, their qualities
are derived from those primes. So, for instance, the number 6 is "odd
but true", while the powers of 2 are all extremely odd numbers.



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Once, when the secrets of science were the jealously guarded property
of a small priesthood, the common man had no hope of mastering their arcane
complexities. Years of study in musty classrooms were prerequisite to
obtaining even a dim, incoherent knowledge of science.
Today all that has changed: a dim, incoherent knowledge of science is
available to anyone.
 Tom Weller, "Science Made Stupid"

