„Science and future, that is a contradiction.“

—  Helmut Schmidt, "Politics commemorates former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt" from the Kleine Zeitung http://www.kleinezeitung.at/s/politik/aussenpolitik/4863756/Politik-gedenkt-deutschen-Altkanzlers-Helmut-Schmidt
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„Do not mathematics and all sciences seem full of contradictions and impossibilities to the ignorant, which are all resolved and cleared to those that understand them?“

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