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What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
I regret to report that I’ve just recently looked again at my programs for prime factors and tic-tac-toe, and they are entirely free of any sort of comments or documentation.
—Donald E. Knuth
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
The ignoring of data is, in fact, the easiest and most popular mode of obtaining unity in one’s thought.
It is necessary for technical reasons that these warheads be stored upside down, that is, with the top at the bottom and the bottom at the top. In order that there may be no doubt as to which is the bottom and which is the top, it will be seen to it that the bottom of each warhead immediately be labeled with the word TOP.
—British Admiralty Regulation
A Large System, Produced By Expanding The Dimensions of A Smaller System, Does Not Behave Like The Smaller System.
The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.
Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing.
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines.
—Frank Lloyd Wright
Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
—Richard Phillips Feynman
[All of above logions are from book 《Code Reading》, not mine[Yibo Hui], enjoy!]
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