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Topic: quotation
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Dan Nelson

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Registered: 12/12/04
Re: quotation
Posted: Aug 14, 1996 11:30 PM
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Paul J. Bell <> 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.

-Dan Nelson

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