Quote of the Day
If you enjoy programming, philosophy, math, or any number of geeky topics, you're in the right place. Every day, I'll post a random quote from my extensive collection of Kindle highlights. Quotes do not necessarily reflect my views or opinions. In fact, part of my epistemic process is to consume a wide variety of contradictory material.
Mathematicians do not like things which work only in base-10; it is only because we have ten fingers that we find that system interesting at all. Mathematics is the search for universal, not base-specific, truth.
— Matt Parker, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension
In other words, after the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics
First, we have to understand the problem; we have to see clearly what is required. Second, we have to see how the various items are connected, how the unknown is linked to the data, in order to obtain the idea of the solution, to make a plan. Third, we carry out our plan. Fourth, we look back at the completed solution, we review and discuss it.
— G. Polya and John H. Conway, Sapiens
The lesson of Flon’s Law is that there is no point in trying to invent a programming language which can coerce programmers into writing code you approve of, because that is impossible. For context, Flon’s Law is: “A good programmer will program well in any language, and a bad programmer will program poorly in any language”
— Eliezer Yudkowsky, Inadequate Equilibria
Whenever a supervisor is responsible for work he does not understand, he begins to reward workers not for work, but for the appearance of work.
— Gerald Weinberg, The Phychology of Computer Programming
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