is ever a complete failure; it can always serve as a bad example." - Carlson's Consolation.
I tried to find out who this Carlson guy is, but could not locate a definitive source. The
same quote is sometimes referred to as Carson's Consolation. Regardless of its progenitor,
the tenet holds true.
"Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable,
like a walking encyclopedia; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely
the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems;
engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change... Engineers
operate at the interface between science and society." - Gordon S. Brown; Dean of Massachusetts
Institute of Technology's (MIT) School of Engineering.
Notable Quote: William Gibson
"When you want to know how things really work, study
them when they're coming apart." ― William Gibson,
Zero History. Gibson is a high tech science fiction writer who
focuses on artificial intelligence and the government's and corporate world's ability to track
your every move - sort of modern day
1984 stuff only now it's already real.
is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and
those who manage what they do not understand." -
Archibald Putt, Ph.D., from
Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat. Per the publisher, John
Wiley & Sons, "'Archibald Putt' is the pseudonym of a man whose contributions in science,
engineering, and R&D management are well known. He has served on government advisory committees,
managed basic and applied research, and held executive positions in a large multinational
corporation. He received his PhD degree from a leading institute of technology and has served
as president of an international technical society. He is the author of numerous books and
ei*π + 1 = 0
is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what
it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it must be truth." - Benjamin Peirce
(not to be confused with Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce ), 19th century Harvard mathematician.
ei*π + 1 = 0
i, BTW, is known as Euler's identity - engineers live by it.
"If you're keeping score, in the past month Trump has
b*tch-slapped the entire Republican Party, redefined our expectations of politics, focused
the national discussion on immigration, proposed the only new idea for handling ISIS, and
taken functional control of FOX News. And I don't think he put much effort into it. Imagine
what he could do if he gave up golf." - Scott Adams, Dilbert comic strip creator, in his August 13, 2015
Scott Adams' Blog entry titled "Clown Genius."
the only one who has removed half a brain, but if you went to Washington, you'd think someone
beat me to it." -
Dr. Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon and presidential candidate. Hearing
this audio clip on the news caused me to laugh out loud (I can't stand
watching political debates). My detestation for the vast majority of politicians of
every stripe makes me believe there is truth in what was said - figuratively and literally.
For the record, this is not an endorsement, just recognition of someone who evidently despises
status quo politics as much as I do ...
"Although infinity is
needed in mathematics, it occurs nowhere in the physical universe." -
David Hilbert, mathematician,
"Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of
stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house."
- Henri Poincaré,
Science and Hypothesis
"An iron rod being placed on the outside of a building
from the highest part continued down into the moist earth, in any direction strait or crooked,
following the form of the roof or other parts of the building, will receive the lightning
at its upper end, attracting it so as to prevent it's striking any other part; and, affording
it a good conveyance into the earth, will prevent its damaging any part of the building."
- Benjamin Franklin Of Lightning, and the Method (now used in America) of securing Buildings
and Persons from its mischievous Effects, Paris 1767. See also
Mac's Radio Service Shop - A Little Lightning story.
"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science
gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." - Isaac Asimov,
Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations
Notable Tech Quote: Steve Sant Andrea
thing about reactances being imaginary is that the -j1590 Ω of capacitive reactance
can be neutralized by adding +j1590 Ω of inductive reactance. Cool, huh? Add ohms to
ohms and get fewer ohms! You can't do that with resistors!" - Steve Sant Andrea (AG1YK), June
"There are two kinds of countries: Those that use the
metric system and those that have sent men to the moon." - Anon
"This mode of instantaneous communication must inevitably
become an instrument of immense power, to be wielded for good or for evil, as it shall be
properly or improperly directed." Samuel F. B. Morse, in an 1838 letter to Congressman and
business partner Francis O.J. Smith, of Maine.
"Mediocre hires are like empty calories: They make you
bigger but less healthy." -
Eric Ryan, Method and Olly founder, in June 2015 Inc magazine article
titled "Playbook: The Fine Art of People."
the ideas that pass through a rigorous self-filtration make it out and are criticized by the
rest of the scientific community. It sometimes happens that ideas that are accepted by everybody
turn out to be wrong, or at least partially wrong, or at least superseded by ideas of greater
generality. And, while there are of course some personal losses—emotional bonds to the idea
that you yourself played a role in inventing—nevertheless the collective ethic is that every
time such an idea is overthrown and replaced by something better the enterprise of science
has benefited." - Carl Sagan, "The Burden of Skepticism",
Inquirer, v12.1, Fall 1987
"Heck, many kids today don't even know what radio is
(and don't realize that their cellphones are actually radios)" –
Dan Romanchik, author of
Is Amateur Radio Still a Gateway to Electrical Engineering?
"A scientist studies what is, an engineer studies what
never was." -
James A. Michener,
historical fiction author.
"You're always so concerned about your reputation. Einstein
did his best stuff when he was working as a patent clerk!" - Dr. Peter Venkman,
will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing
the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the
future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel." - Scott Adams, creator