Materials Quotes: 014

William Shakespeare -- Text Portrait
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 rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
William Shakespeare (King John)

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My name is T. A. Abinandanan, and I am a professor of Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
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One Response to Materials Quotes: 014

  1. Guru says:


    The Shakespeare quotes (about materials) that I like a lot are

    (i) If you can look into the seeds of time,
    And tell me which grains will grow and which will not,
    Speak then to me, …


    (ii) And now remains that we find out the cause of this effect,
    Or rather say the cause of this defect,
    For this effect defective comes from a cause

    As you notice, both are of course clever out-of-context quotes which appropriate Shakespeare for situations for which he didn’t intend his words which is what makes me like them more!

    By the way, the second quote is often given before a discussion of vacancies and their equilibrium concentration. Personally, I would like to see more of the first quote in grain growth sections!


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