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Philip J. Davis
(2 Jan 1923 - )

[n] who began at the National Bureau of Standards but spent the rest of his career as a professor of applied mathematics at Brown University. His first book was The Lore of Large Numbers (1961) and he wrote or co-authored over a dozen more by the time he retired.

Science Quotes by Philip J. Davis (3 quotes)

One began to hear it said that World War I was the chemists’ war, World War II was the physicists’ war, World War III (may it never come) will be the mathematicians’ war.
— Philip J. Davis
Co-author with and Reuben Hersh, The Mathematical Experience (1981), 96.
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One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories.
— Philip J. Davis
In 'Number', Scientific American (Sep 1964), 211, No. 3, 55.
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The numbers are a catalyst that can help turn raving madmen into polite humans.
— Philip J. Davis
Excerpt from address by Davis to a scientific society, 'The Philadelphia Story' collected in Philip Davis and William G. Chinn, 3.146 and All That (1985), 64. The context is the result of a "take a number" ticket used to organize a train station crowd competing for available taxis. Instead of chaos from queue jumping, the dispatcher used the ticket numbers for the loading order as each taxi pulled up.
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