A Quote by J. W. Gibbs on knowledge, principles, research, and simplicity

One of the principle objects of theoretical research in any department of knowledge is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in its greatest simplicity.

J. W. Gibbs

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A Quote by J. E. Littlewood on belief, certainty, change, practice, research, teaching, and trouble

In passing, I firmly believe that research should be offset by a certain amount of teaching, if only as a change from the agony of research. The trouble, however, I freely admit, is that in practice you get either no teaching, or else far too much.

J. E. Littlewood (1885 - 1977)

Source: "The Mathematician's Art of Work" in Béla Bollobás (ed.) Littlewood's Miscellany, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

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A Quote by Henry R. Harrower on assumptions, belief, joy, perfection, practicality, questions, and research

The practical man is the adventurer, the investigator, the believer in research, the asker of questions, the man who refuses to believe that perfection has been attained.... There is no thrill or joy in merely doing that which any one can do.... It is always safe to assume, not that the old way is wrong, but that there may be a better way.

Henry R. Harrower

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A Quote by Hannah Arendt on divorce, integrity, research, and war

To be sure, nothing is more important to the integrity of the universities . . . than a rigorously enforced divorce from war-oriented research and all connected enterprises.

Hannah Arendt (1906 - 1975)

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A Quote by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz on laws, leadership, nature, order, philosophy, plants, possibility, questions, research, superiority, present, theory, thought, and world

Philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz speculated on the possibility of "intermediate species" over a century before the publication of Darwin's theory: "All advances by degrees in Nature, and nothing by leaps, and this law as applied to each, is part of my doctrine of Continuity. Although there may exist in some other world species intermediate between Man and the Apes, Nature has thought it best to remove them from us, in order to establish our superiority beyond question. I speak of intermediate species, and by no means limit myself to those leading to Man. I strongly approve of the research for analogies; plants, insects, and Comparative Anatomy will increase these analogies, especially when we are able to take advantage of the microscope more than at present."

Gottfried von Leibniz (1646 - 1716)

Source: Protogaea, 1749

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A Quote by George Dantzig on originality, planning, problems, research, stability, time, uncertainty, and world

. . . it is interesting to note that the original problem that started my research is still outstanding - namely the problem of planning or scheduling dynamically over time, particularly planning dynamically under uncertainty. If such a problem could be successfully solved it could eventually through better planning contribute to the well-being and stability of the world.

George Dantzig (1914 - ?)

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A Quote by Cythina Nelms on men and research

If men liked shopping, they'd call it research.

Cythina Nelms

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A Quote by Charles Franklin Kettering on research

Research: Finding out what you are going to do when you cannot keep on doing what you are doing now.

Charles Kettering (1876 - 1958)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Charles Franklin Kettering on meetings, problems, research, and rules

When I was research head of General Motors and wanted a problem solved, I'd place a table outside the meeting room with a sign: "Leave slide rules here." If I didn't do that, I'd find someone reaching for his slide rule. Then he'd be on his feet saying, "Boss, you can't do it."

Charles Kettering (1876 - 1958)

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A Quote by Celia Green on facts and research

The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.

Celia Green

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