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I found this quote blow supposedly said by Norbert Wiener in at least two books : "Digital image processing" by R. Gonzales and "Pattern Formation and Pattern Recognition — An Attempt at a Synthesis" by H. Haken, but found no indication on where this was registered, or if it even was said by the mathematician.

"A pattern is essentially an arrangement. It is characterized by the order of the elements of which it is made, rather than by the intrinsic nature of these elements."

Can anyone confirm or provide proof that he actually said/wrote it ?

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  • $\begingroup$ I dk. But I know that he wrote an autobiography "I Am A Mathematician", which I have not read. Perhaps that's a place to look. $\endgroup$ – DanielWainfleet Nov 20 '18 at 20:04
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That is in Wiener's book "The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society", page 3.

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