A Quote by Rich Cook on engineering, proof, trying, universe, and winning

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idoits. So far, the Universe is winning.

Rich Cook

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on engineering and machines

The machine unmakes the man. Now that the machine is so perfect, the engineer is nobody.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on ability, action, anthropology, architecture, art, death, editors, education, engineering, evolution, facts, history, humanity, individuality, intelligence, knowledge, language, liberty, literature, mathematics, medicine, peac

Humanity today is not safe in the presence of humanity. The old cannibalism has given way to anonymous action in which the killer and the killed do not know each other, and in which,indeed, the very fact of mass death has the effect of making mass killing less reprehensible than the death of a single individual. In short, we have evolved in every respect except our ability to protect ourselves against human intelligence. Our knowledge is vast but does not embrace the workings of peace. . . . We study history, philosophy, religions, languages, literature, art, architecture, political science . . . anthropology, biology, medicine, psychology, sanitation . . . chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics. But we have yet to make peace basic to our education. The most important subject in the world is hardly taught at all. In the spirit of this passage, the editor has taken the liberty of editing Mr. Cousins' language to make it more gender inclusive.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

Source: Place of Folly, 1962.

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A Quote by Leonardo da Vinci on art, engineering, and work

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Source: The Notebooks, 1508–1518

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A Quote by John T. Molloy on engineering, failure, and women

Most American women dress for failure. Wardrobe engineering is here to stay.

John T. Molloy

Source: The Woman's Dress for Success Book, 1977.

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A Quote by John C. Polanyi on control, creativity, difficulty, efficiency, effort, engineering, failure, government, ideas, power, science, and travel

Faced with the admitted difficulty of managing the creative process, we are doubling our efforts to do so. Is this because science has failed to deliver, having given us nothing more than nuclear power, penicillin, space travel, genetic engineering, transistors, and superconductors? Or is it because governments everywhere regard as a reproach activities they cannot advantageously control? They felt that way about the marketplace for goods, but trillions of wasted dollars later, they have come to recognize the efficiency of this self-regulating system. Not so, however, with the marketplace for ideas.

John C. Polanyi (1929 -)

Source: Science and Society,the JC Polanyi Nobel Lareates Lectures, Anansi Press,Concord, Ontario,1995

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A Quote by James Keller on engineering

The ship's chief engineer, coming down the companionway into the engine room, shouted: "how long have you been working in this compartment?" The fireman, recently assigned to the crew, answered honestly: "Ever since I saw you coming down the ladder."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by Hermann Weyl on books, engineering, income, and laws

Our federal income tax law defines the tax y to be paid in terms of the income x; it does so in a clumsy enough way by pasting several linear functions together, each valid in another interval or bracket of income. An archeologist who, five thousand years from now, shall unearth some of our income tax returns together with relics of engineering works and mathematical books, will probably date them a couple of centuries earlier, certainly before Galileo and Vieta.

Hermann Weyl (1885 - 1955)

Source: The Mathematical Way of Thinking, an address given at the Bicentennial Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, 1940.

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on america, crime, engineering, god, humanity, and war

What is a war criminal? Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and, therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered, and conducted wars, war criminals? War criminals are not confined to the Axis Powers alone. Roosevelt and Churchill are no less war criminals than Hitler and Mussolini. . . . England, America and Russia have all of them got their hands dyed more or less red - not merely Germany and Japan.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: interviewed by Ralph Coniston of Colliers Weekly, April, 1945

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A Quote by Ernest K. Gann on engineering, honesty, military, and needs

If we slide into one of those rare moments of military honesty, we realize that the technical demands of modern warfare are so complex a considerable percentage of our material is bound to malfunction even before it is deployed against a foe. We no longer waste manpower by carrying the flag into battle. Instead we need battalions of electronic engineers to keep the terrible machinery grinding.

Ernest K. Gann

Source: The Black Watch

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