October 2008


Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
Bertrand Russell: What I Have Lived For

Pontual: To be a great mathematician, does one have to be mad?
Chaitin: [Laughs] Well, I don’t think it’s necessary, but it helps!

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