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Born: 1924-11-20
Profession: Mathematician
Nation: French
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An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.

Tags: Arrogance, Claim, Present

There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.

Tags: Nice, Time, Work

For much of my life there was no place where the things I wanted to investigate were of interest to anyone.

Tags: Life, Place, Wanted

A cloud is made of billows upon billows upon billows that look like clouds. As you come closer to a cloud you don't get something smooth, but irregularities at a smaller scale.

Tags: Closer, Cloud, Clouds

Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time.

Tags: Realize, Time

Think of color, pitch, loudness, heaviness, and hotness. Each is the topic of a branch of physics.

Tags: Branch, Color, Physics

When the weather changes, nobody believes the laws of physics have changed. Similarly, I don't believe that when the stock market goes into terrible gyrations its rules have changed.

Tags: Physics, Rules, Weather

I don't seek power and do not run around.

Tags: Power, Run, Seek

I was in an industrial laboratory because academia found me unsuitable.

Tags: Found, Industrial, Laboratory

My fate has been that what I undertook was fully understood only after the fact.

Tags: After, Fact, Fate

Nobody will deny that there is at least some roughness everywhere.

Tags: Deny, Everywhere, Nobody

Order doesn't come by itself.

Tags: Order

Smooth shapes are very rare in the wild but extremely important in the ivory tower and the factory.

Tags: Rare, Smooth, Wild

The techniques I developed for studying turbulence, like weather, also apply to the stock market.

Tags: Market, Studying, Weather

There is a joke that your hammer will always find nails to hit. I find that perfectly acceptable.

Tags: Hammer, Hit, Joke

Until a few years ago, the topics in my Ph.D. were unfashionable, but they are very popular today.

Tags: Few, Today, Until

Although computer memory is no longer expensive, there's always a finite size buffer somewhere. When a big piece of news arrives, everybody sends a message to everybody else, and the buffer fills.

Tags: Big, Else, Everybody

Most were beginning to feel they had learned enough to last for the rest of their lives. They remained mathematicians, but largely went their own way.

Tags: Enough, Last, Learned