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Engineering & Science Notable Tech Quote Archive #25
The 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. Enjoy.
- 'The facts and knowledge learned in any course will become obsolete well before you retire. The ability to think critically is a skill that will last a lifetime." - Kenneth C. Young, University of Arizona, in December 2013 Scientific American
- "Twitter is the only place where you're thrilled when a complete stranger starts following you." - Anon
- "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences" - title of article by theoretical physicist and mathematician Eugene Wigner.
- "If the U.S. Post Office goes away, TSA agents will be the only government employees handling packages." - Anon (heard it on the radio)
- "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow." - Neil Armstrong (I had forgotten about free-body diagrams in Statics class!)
- "Right now, there are about a thousand satellites operating in space. Of those, just two were designed to be serviced in orbit: the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station." - Benjamin Reed, PM of NASA's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office, regarding work in progress to built automated robotic satellite service platforms for repair and refueling satellites not originally designed to be serviced.
- "Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them." "I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience." - R. Buckminster Fuller
- "Dual-band." - Response (referring to AM/FM) given by Ham radio operator when asked by policeman in Virginia what type of radio he had installed in his car (hat tip to RF Cafe visitor KA). Virginia DOT requires that "A vehicle displaying Call Letter License Plates is subject to inspection by DMV or any police officer to determine if the operator and the vehicle comply with the requirements." You must "Have operational transmitting and receiving equipment permanently installed in your vehicle." The specific wording requires Tx AND Rx equipment (AM/FM radio is Rx only and therefore might not qualify), but that could just be bureaucratic ineptness. Now thieves on the prowl for mobile rigs know exactly which vehicles to target for a guaranteed payoff. BTW, I also learned while researching details on the aforementioned that VA DOT charges a special $64 registration fee on electric-only vehicles (see above link), probably to compensate for not paying gasoline taxes for road access. That's like the requirement for all-electric vehicles to install noise generators so pedestrians can hear them coming (pathetic that Delphi feels the need to mention their device is "environmentally friendly").
- "In the mid-'90s, when downsizing was the dominant trend in business, Dilbert took off." - Scott Addams
- "If something can't be explained off the back of an envelope, its rubbish." - Richard Branson, Virgin CEO
- "...I have always maintained that, excepting fools, men did not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work; and I still think there is an eminently important difference." - Charles Darwin, letter citing R. Pearson (1914-1930) in The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton, TodayInScience
- "I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work." - Ashton Kutcher re never having had a job below him, at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards (see video).
- "Keynesian economics is the theory that when consumers don't spend sufficiently, in the opinion of the government, then the government should seize their money and spend it for them." - Steve Forbes