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Therefore, to be possess’d with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before, To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the … Continue reading
If in some cataclysm all scientific knowledge were to be destroyed and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis … Continue reading
A special edition on modeling: The best material model of a cat is another, or preferably the same, cat. – Norbert Wiener, Philosophy of Science (with A. Rosenblueth, 1945) Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful. – George … Continue reading
Here’s a list of some funny quotes, very apt for materials engineers. Enjoy!!
My crown is in my heart, not in my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen; my crown is called contentment; A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy. – William Shakespeare [Henry VI Part … Continue reading
Wolfgang Pauli once claimed ” God created the volume but the surface was invented by the devil”. Fortunately or unfortunately these surfaces are what we engineer today to strengthen or weaken the materials suiting our needs!!!
David Turnbull (1979 Von Hippel award acceptance speech): [...] There are those who tell us from time to time that all the important problems in a field have, in principle, been solved and the field is therefore dead. So we … Continue reading
Ernst Ruska (Nobel Prize banquet speech, 1986): … I had not intended to revolutionize electron microscopy. I was engaged as an engineer in the technical development of the cathode ray oscillograph. Dealing with a secondary problem of this work – … Continue reading
Richard Feynman: I would like to describe a field, in which little has been done, but in which an enormous amount can be done in principle. This field is not quite the same as the others in that it will … Continue reading
Robert Oppenheimer: In the material sciences these are and have been, and are most surely likely to continue to be heroic days.