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I'm searching for the original reference of a quote that went something like:

"Errors in a mathematics text add an element of surprise to an otherwise predictable plot."

I believe it may have been from the 1700s or 1800s.

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Shouldn't this be community wiki? – Felix Goldberg May 18 '12 at 14:43
@Felix: Well, there should be only one correct answer. It was definitely a quote from a specific person. – user16773 May 25 '12 at 2:06

A resource might be

Maurice Lecat, Erreurs de mathématiciens des origines à nos jours, Bruxelles : Castaigne, 1935

Cheers, Scott

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@Scott: 1+! Good result! – Rhett Butler Apr 19 '13 at 17:23

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