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Robert Leslie Ellis
(25 Aug 1817  12 May 1859)
English mathematician who edited the works of Francis Bacon, and translated Dante and Roman law texts. His diverse interests included etymology, bee cells and Roman money. He died at age 41.

Science Quotes by Robert Leslie Ellis (2 quotes)
Are we prepared to admit, that our confidence in the regularity of nature is merely a corollary from Bernoullis theorem?
— Robert Leslie Ellis
In 'On the Foundations of the Theory of Probabilities', read 14 Feb 1842, printed in Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society (1849), 8, 1. Collected in William Walton (ed.), The Mathematical and Other Writings of Robert Leslie Ellis (1863), 1. Note: Jacques Bernouills theorem is also known as the Law of Averages.
You and I are just about fit to mend his pens.
[About the young William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin.)]
— Robert Leslie Ellis
Remark by Ellis to the mathematician Harvey Goodwin, both examiners, comparing William Thomson's mathematical prowess while still a student at the time of sitting the Tripos Examination (1845). As quoted by Harvey Goodwin in 'A Biographical Memoir', the introduction to Robert Leslie Ellis, William Walton (ed), The Mathematical and Other Writings of Robert Leslie Ellis (1863), xix.
In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
(1987) 
Carl Sagan
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