Calculating Machine Quotes (3 quotes)
For, in mathematics or symbolic logic, reason can crank out the answer from the symboled equationsâ€”even a calculating machine can often do soâ€”but it cannot alone set up the equations. Imagination resides in the words which define and connect the symbolsâ€”subtract them from the most aridly rigorous mathematical treatise and all meaning vanishes. Was it Eddington who said that we once thought if we understood 1 we understood 2, for 1 and 1 are 2, but we have since found we must learn a good deal more about â€śandâ€ť?
Inspiration plays no less a role in science than it does in the realm of art. It is a childish notion to think that a mathematician attains any scientifically valuable results by sitting at his desk with a ruler, calculating machines or other mechanical means. The mathematical imagination of a Weierstrass is naturally quite differently oriented in meaning and result than is the imagination of an artist, and differs basically in quality. But the psychological processes do not differ. Both are frenzy (in the sense of Platoâ€™s â€śmaniaâ€ť) and â€śinspiration.â€ť
On Sept 15th  Mr Goulburn, Chancellor of the Exchequer, asked my opinion on the utility of Mr Babbage's calculating machine, and the propriety of spending further sums of money on it. I replied, entering fully into the matter, and giving my opinion that it was worthless.