Hungarian mathematician Alfréd Rényi (1921-1970) is credited for saying, “A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.”
“Programmer—an organism that turns coffee into software” has been cited in print since at least 1994. It’s not known who first said this popular variation.
Wikipedia: Alfréd Rényi
Alfréd Rényi (20 March 1921 – 1 February 1970) was a Hungarian mathematician who made contributions in combinatorics, graph theory, number theory but mostly in probability theory.
Rényi, who was addicted to coffee, is the source of the quote: “A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems”, which is generally ascribed to Erdős. It has been suggested that this sentence was originally formulated in German, where it can be interpreted as a wordplay on the double meaning of the word Satz (theorem or coffee residue), but it is more likely that the original formulation was in Hungarian.
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