Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #22

Notable Tech Quotes - RF CafeThe number of statements uttered verbally and/or in print is uncountable. Some are more noteworthy than others either because of sheer brilliance, good humor, or utter inanity. We all hope our own remembered words, if any, fall into one of the first two categories rather than the third. I do a lot of reading and find many notable quotes to use that fit the theme of RF Cafe; they fall into all three categories. I always try to verify quotes from original sources or at least from printed books like The Experts Speak, of which I own a hard copy. Enjoy.

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  • "Successful technology is invisible. It gets out of the way and lets us live our lives." - Amber Case of Geoloqi (Jul/Aug 2012 Inc.)
  • "In the surreal world of student loans, the brilliant student completing an electrical engineering degree at M.I.T. pays the same interest rate as the student majoring in ethnic studies at a state university who has a GPA below 2.0." - Richard Vedder, Professor of Economics, Ohio University
  • "We prefer not to call people 'seats.'" -- Jason Fried, re enterprise software applications
  • "In a truly relativistic view, the age of the universe differs from place to place." – Julian Barbour, March 2012 Discover
  • "Chuck Norris can touch an asymptote." - Anon
  • "The point I take and I emphasize is that our knowledge of the absolute mass of a kilogram is so poor that almost anything else is better." - Terry Quinn, BIPM metrologist
  • "After being married 31 years... I can come home smelling like transmission fluid." - Jay Leno, owner of 135 cars and 90 motorcycles, "My thing has always been 1 woman and 200 vehicles. It's cheaper than 1 car and 200 girlfriends." - Jay Leno
  • "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?" - Chico Marx
  • "Emcomm is what saves Amateur Radio from losing spectrum." – Curt Bartholomew (N3GQ), FCC Senior Emergency Manager
  • "We can't Facebook our way out of the current economic status quo." - Glenn H, Reynolds, Why We Need Big, Bold Science Fiction
  • "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." - Carl Sagan
  • "Study Russian" - Shuttle crew member Dr. Anna Fisher's advice to aspiring U.S. astronauts while watching Challenger on its funeral flight around D.C.
  • "When they say they want to put somebody on Mars, I'm certain of it. Mars is, of course, already red, so that could work well for Chinese marketing and public relations." - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Back to the Final Frontier
  • "If you're where the start-ups are, you'd never think there was a recession." - Yael Hochberg, economist Northwestern U. in Inc. magazine
  • "The background of science is the demo. When you get something that almost works, you call in your boss and get it to almost, almost work in front of him." – Penn Gillette magician
  • "The microwave oven is traceable to the war effort, not a thermodynamicist." - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Back to the Final Frontier
  • "The last fighter pilot has already been born" - Anon, re inevitable usurpation of that role by UAVs
  • "An [iPad] is an oversized smartphone that's only good to browse websites and play Angry Birds." - Yahoo commenter
  • "Our GaAs doesn't stink." - Mike M., former colleague of mine at an RFIC company, recommended company slogan (it wasn't adopted).
  • "Today, the 3 Rs taught in school are 'Racism, Recycling, and Reproduction." - George Will (rather than math, science, ethics...)
  • "[Corporations] are allowed to tell shareholders they made billions and then tell the IRS they made no profit." - The Naked Emporer (think GE)
  • "You could send a message that travels faster than the speed of light, but you could never send a message that arrives before it is sent." - Argyris Nicolaidis, Feb 2012 Discover
  • "Procrastination is what you're doing when you are doing what you want to be doing." - Jorge Cham, Ph.D. (thanks to Gary S. for the quote)
  • "When you miss the bus to Mars, you have to wait 26 months for the next one." - Emily Lakdawalla re spacecraft, Dec 2011 S&T
  • "The discovery of TEP by radio amateurs is one of the greatest contributions by Amateur Radio to science." - Jon Jones, N0JK, Jan 2012 QST