• Whenever a man can get hold of numbers, they are invaluable: if correct, they assist in informing his own mind, but they are still more useful in deluding the minds of others. Numbers are the masters of the weak, but the slaves of the strong.

    Charles Babbage (1864). “Passages from the Life of a Philosopher”, p.398, London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green
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