W. Ball

W. Ball

'My dear friend, that must be a delusion, what can a circle have to do with the number of people alive at a given time?'More W. Ball quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The manner of Demoivre's death has a certain interest for psychologists. Shortly before it, he declared that it was necessary for him to sleep some ten minutes or a quarter of an hour longer each day than the preceding one: the day after he had thus reached a total of something over twenty-three hours he slept up to the limit of twenty-four hours, and then died in his sleep.More W. Ball quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Newton took no exercise, indulged in no amusements, and worked incessantly, often spending eighteen or nineteen hours out of the twenty-four in writing.More W. Ball quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Foreshadowings of the principles and even of the language of [the infinitesimal] calculus can be found in the writings of Napier, Kepler, Cavalieri, Pascal, Fermat, Wallis, and Barrow. It was Newton's good luck to come at a time when everything was ripe for the discovery, and his ability enabled him to construct almost at once a complete calculus.More W. Ball quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[Gauss calculated the elements of the planet Ceres] and his analysis proved him to be the first of theoretical astronomers no less than the greatest of 'arithmeticians.'More W. Ball quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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