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. 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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Notable Tech Quote: Corey S. Powell
in science it takes a long time to understand exactly how confused you are." -
Corey S. Powell, writing
in "A Cosmos, Darkly,"
April 2016 Discover magazine. A maxim in all fields of science is that all theories, no matter how firmly
established - or in modern political parlance "settled" - needs to be continually tested through empirical
experimentation. Einstein's relativity theory an example of an area that is vehemently challenged, and
continues to hod up. Other fields like cosmological evolution, is routinely found to be previously misunderstood,
thus Mr. Powell's statement.
Notable Tech Quote: Kevin Mitnick
go to conferences. Go to the memory stick bowls and swap out the free ones with weaponized sticks."
- Kevin Mitnick, famous FBI
"Most Wanted" hacker at the 2016
Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show in New York City
Notable Tech Quote: Vadim Makarov
to be a bit older than a teenager. And you need to have access to an optic lab. You don't have this
technology in basements - yet." - Vadim Makarov,
Scientific American, regarding cracking of RSA encryption using quantum
computers. Mr. Makarov and his team successfully decrypted an supposedly secure quantum transmission
system designed by ID Quantique, using a portable
suitcase of equipment.
Notable Tech Quote: Clarke's 1st Law
a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right.
When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." - Arthur C. Clarke,
Notable Tech Quote: Sherry Hess
am asked what I do for a living, I say 'my company makes the products that allow you to use all the
wireless gadgets you love.'" -
Hess, VP of Marketing, National Instruments, AWR Group, in an interview with Chris DeMartino of
Microwaves & RF magazine. For nearly a decade, Sherry has been championing the extensive
NI AWR Design Environment™ software product
portfolio of high-frequency design environments consisting of System simulation (Visual System Simulator™),
Circuit simulation (Microwave
Office and Analog Office),
and Electromagnetic analysis (AXIEM
James Clerk Maxwell on Education
"The aim of an experiment
of illustration is to throw light upon some scientific idea so that the student may be able to grasp
it. ...The educational value of such experiments is often inversely proportional to the complexity of
the apparatus." - James Clerk Maxwell,
The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell - Vol. 2, p243, by W.D. Niven.
Notable Tech Quote
"We are an operational squadron. We are supposed to be flying
jets, not building them." -
Lt. Col. Harry Thomas,, commanding officer of VMFA-312, a Marine Corps F/A-18 squadron
based at Beaufort, remarking in a story about how only 30% of the USMC air fleet is actually air worthy.
Notable Tech Quote: Justin Trudeau, Canadian PM
"Don't get me going on this, or we'll be here all day, trust me."
- Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, after responding to a snarky comment by
a reporter who asked, "I was going to ask you to explain quantum computing, but - when do you expect
Canada's ISIL mission to begin again, and are we not doing anything in the interim?" Trudeau slapped
him down by answering, "Very simply, normal computers work by either there's power going through a wire,
or not. It's 1, or a 0, they're binary systems. What quantum states allow for is much more complex information
to be encoded into a single bit." He then talks about matter being both particles and waves at the same
time, etc. This, from a politician? Whoa.
Notable Tech Quote: Anon Profundities
"Dear algebra: stop asking us to find your 'x': He's not coming
"Möbius strippers never show you their backsides."
"All generalizations are false, including this one."
"A polar bear is a rectangular bear after a coordinate transform."
"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
"I don't care what it is, when it has an LCD screen, it makes it better."
"We are each entitled to our own opinion, but no one is entitled to his own facts."
"Polaroids /nm./: what polar bears get from sitting on ice caps."
Notable Tech Quote: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
is four things: brains with which to think, eyes with which to see, machines with which to measure and,
fourth, money." - Albert
Nobel Prize winning physiologist who is credited with discovering vitamin C.
Notable Tech Quote: Robert Lucky
"Nothing is forever, and forever
comes very quickly in technology." Robert W. Lucky,
The End of the Smartphone?, IEEE Spectrum. Dr. Lucky authored the "Reflections" column in Spectrum
for more than two decades, always providing a great combination of technical savvy, wit, and humor;
his was usually the first thing I read each month.
Notable Tech Quote: Quasianonymous
"I do like to say that I'm proud to be a twentieth century, 20
WPM Extra and not a 10-4 good buddy, Roger Dodger licensee." - Quasianonymous* (actually not Anonymous to me, but the
originator prefers to remain anonymous to everyone else). For a sufficient sum of untraceable currency,
I shall disclose the name of this wit (just kidding... $orta). There is
a well-established rift, sometimes serious and sometimes not, between pre-required-Morse-code and post-required-Morse-code
Morse code requirements for all levels of Amateur radio licenses was dropped by
the ITU in 2003, and by the FCC in 2007. *Bonus factoid: Quasimodo, of
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame fame, is from the Latin "quasi modo," meaning
per the priest's interpretation of the deformed child "in the mode of a human;" ergo, quasianonymous.
Notable Tech Quote: Ward Silver
isn't impedance matching as much as it is 'impedance hiding'." -
Ward Silver (N0AX), in the March 2016 issue of
Nuts & Volts magazine.
The statement is in reference to using resistive impedance matching rather than reactive matching. Ideal
inductors and capacitors have only an imaginary reactive impedance and therefore dissipate no power,
whereas ideal resistors have only a resistive impedance and do dissipate power. Although in
the real word Rs, Ls, and Cs all have both resistive and reactive (R±jX) parts, the most lossless
impedance match consists of Ls and Cs, the exception being if both the source and load are purely resistive
(not likely). Mr. Silver, a longtime columnist for the ARRL's QST magazine, also writes the monthly The Ham's Wireless Workbench" column
for Nuts & Volts.
Notable Tech Quote: Ron Wayne Who?
"I honestly don't regret walking away at all." -
Ronald (Ron) Wayne, the 'other' Apple Computer founder of whom you've never heard.
He sold his 10% stake in Apple to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ('the Woz') for $800 in 1976. It would
be worth tens of billions today. Does Mr. Wayne really expect us believe he doesn't regret walking away
from all that dough? Somehow a lifetime designing slot machines doesn't seem like a suitable substitute.
He gambled and lost - big time
Notable Tech Quote - Einstein on Peer Review
"I see no
reason to address the – in any case erroneous - comments of your anonymous expert." - Albert Einstein
to the editor, Mr. John Tate, of
The Physical Review, in response to a critical review of his submitted paper.
The date was July 23, 1936.
Notable Tech Quote: Nils Testor
"Learn with your head but also with
your hands" -
Nils F. Testor, founder of the Testor Corporation, maker of the well-known Testors
brand of adhesives and paints. Nils Testor, an early 20th century immigrant from Sweden, is a classic
American success story. Having begun his management career at Woolworth as a stock boy (although he
had a college degree from Stockholm), his business acumen and love of the arts - including airplane
modeling - quickly propelled him into the position of entrepreneur as owner and progenitor of the Testor