It has long been my personal view that the separation of practical and theoretical work is artificial and injurious. Much of the practical work done in computing, both in software and in hardware design, is unsound and clumsy because the people who do it have not any clear understanding of the fundamental design principles of their work. Most of the abstract mathematical and theoretical work is sterile because it has no point of contact with real computing. One of the central aims of the Programming Research Group as a teaching and research group has been to set up an atmosphere in which this separation cannot happen.
Cela peut sembler un paradoxe, mais toutes les sciences exactes sont dominées par l'idée de l'approximation.
Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics arealways so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
"Je rêve d'un jour où l'égoïsme ne régnera plus dans les sciences, où on s'associera pour étudier, au lieu d'envoyer aux académiciens des plis cachetés, on s'empressera de publier ses moindres observations pour peu qu'elles soient nouvelles, et on ajoutera " je ne sais pas le reste".
The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."
James B. Cabell.
"Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman."
Lord Chesterfield to his son.
Donne à ton esprit l'habitude du doute et à ton coeur celui de la tolérance.
G. C. Lichtenberg