Notable Tech Quote: Carlson's Consolation
"Nothing 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.
Notable Tech Quote: MIT School of Engineering Dean Gordon S. Brown
"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.
Notable Quote: Putt's Law
"Technology 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.,
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 scholarly articles."
Notable Quote: Benjamin Peirce
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.
"... in the past month Trump has b*tch-slapped the entire Republican Party"
"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."
Notable Quote: Dr. Ben Carson
"I'm 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 ...
Notable Quote: David Hilbert
"Although infinity is needed in mathematics,
it occurs nowhere in the physical universe." - David Hilbert,
mathematician, quoted in
Notable Quote: Henri Poincaré
"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, mathematician, in
Science and Hypothesis
Notable Tech Quote: Benjamin Franklin
"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.
Notable Tech Quote: Isaac Asimov
"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
"The great 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 2014
Notable Tech Quote
"There are two kinds of countries: Those that use the metric system
and those that have sent men to the moon." - Anon
Notable Tech Quote: Samuel Morse
"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.
Notable Tech Quote:
"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."
Notable Tech Quote: Carl Sagan
"Only 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",
Skeptical Inquirer, v12.1, Fall 1987
Notable Tech Quote: Dan Romanchik
"Heck, many kids today don't even know what
radio is (and don't realize that their cellphones are actually radios)" –
author of Is Amateur
Radio Still a Gateway to Electrical Engineering?
Notable Tech Quote: James A. Michener
"A scientist studies what is, an engineer studies what never was." -
James A. Michener,
historical fiction author.
Notable Tech Quote:
"You're always so concerned about your reputation.
Einstein did his best stuff when he was working as a patent clerk!" - Dr. Peter Venkman,
Notable Tech Quote: Scott Adams
"Scientists 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 of Dilbert