Paul J. Bell <email@example.com> wrote: > a friend and i have a different opinion regarding the author of the > following quotation: > > "Also the astronomers surely will not have to continue to exercise > the patience which is required for computation. It is this that > deters them from computing or correcting tables, from the > construction of Ephemerides, from working on hypotheses, anf form > discussions of observations with each other. For it is unworthy of > excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labour of calculation > which could safely be relegated to anyone else if machines were > used." > > said friend thinks that the author was Leibniz and i think that it > was Gauss. opinions, please, with a reference, if possible.
An Altavista search on the phrase "anyone else if machines were used" returns 3 hits, all attributed to Leibniz. The phrase "lose hours like slaves" returns 9, still attributed to Leibniz. None of the pages say where the quote came from, however.