Simon Newcomb

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Ten decimal places of π are sufficient to give the circumference of the earth to a fraction of an inch, and thirty decimal places would give the circumference of the visible universe to a quantity imperceptible to the most powerful microscope.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)
Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.
If my impressions are correct, our educational planing mill cuts down all the knots of genius, and reduces the best of the men who go through it to much the same standard.