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Jefferson, Thomas

[T]he science of calculation also is indispensable as far as the extraction of the square and cube roots: Algebra as far as the quadratic equation and the use of logarithms are often of value in ordinary cases: but all beyond these is but a luxury; a delicious luxury indeed; but not to be in indulged in by one who is to have a profession to follow for his subsistence.
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J. Robert Oppenheimer, "The Encouragement of Science," in I. Gordon and S. Sorkin (eds.), The Armchair Science Reader, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.
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