If saving human lives is the great desideratum, then there is more to be gained by the prevention of drowning, and auto wrecks than by the abolition of war.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 5, Statistics Of Deadly Quarrels, p. 89

After a few more centuries, perhaps the poorest billion will even be able to afford the $10.00 buffet.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 3, Follow The Money, p. 61

The integers, the rationals, and the irrationals, taken together, make up the continuum of real numbers. It's called a continuum because the numbers are packed together along the real number line with no empty spaces between them.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 11, Identity Crisis, p. 206 (See also: George Cantor)

The absence of a golden rule for mattress flipping is a disappointment, but it does not pertend the demise of civilization. We can adapt; we can learn to live with it.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 12, Group Theory In The Bedroom, p. 229

It's all done with gears. Also pinions, snails, arbors; pawls and ratchets; and cam followers; cables, levers, bell cranks, and pivots.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 1, Clock Of Ages, p. 7

The fact is, winding and dusting and fixing somebody else's clock is boring.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 1, Clock Of Ages, p. 18

Fretting about a dearth of randomness seems like worrying that humanity might use up its last reserves of ignorance.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 2, Random Resources, p. 23

The fact that randomness requires a physical rather than a mathematical source is noted by almost everyone who writes on the subject, and yet the oddity of this situation is not much remarked.

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Compared with the elegant inventions of the theorists, nature's code seemed a bit of a kludge.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 4, Inventing The Genetic Code, p. 66

A retired physicist reading the Encyclopedia Britannica can do just so much toward securing world peace.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 5, Statistics Of Deadly Quarrels, p. 101 (On: Lewis Fry Richardson)

Empires come and go; so do ideologies and even religions, but war marches on through it all.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 5, Statistics Of Deadly Quarrels, p. 103

How can we measure the effects if we can't even count the dead to the nearest million?

Brian Hayes— Chapter 5, Statistics Of Deadly Quarrels, p. 105

The whirling gears of progress have put the gear makers out of work.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 7, On The Teeth Of Wheels, p. 139

By the way, the = notation was invented by Robert Recorde (1510-1558). He choose two parallel lines as a symbol of equality " because noe 2 thynges can be moare equalle."

Brian Hayes— Chapter 11, Identity Crisis, p. 203

A big advantage of the serial-number approach to identity is that things stay the same even as they change.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 11, Identity Crisis, p. 213

I'm not a mathematician, but I've been hanging around with some of them long enough to know how the game is played.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 12, Group Theory In The Bedroom, p. 232

In 1948 John Archibald Wheeler, in a telephone conversation with his student Richard Feynman, proposed the delightful hypothesis that there is just one electron in the universe.

Brian Hayes— Chapter 11, Identity Crisis, p. 215