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%T Niels Bohr
%D 1885-1962
%K Bohr, quantum, physics, physicist, quote, quotable, expert, experts,
   expertise, specialist
%X "An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in
   a very narrow field."

%A K. Beyer
%A J. Goldstein
%A R. Ramakrishnan
%A U. Shaft
%T When is ``nearest neighbour'' meaningful?
%J Proc. 7th Int. Conf. Data Theory
%W Jerusalem
%I Springer
%V 1540
%P 217-235
%D 1999
%K conf, ICDT, neighbor, dimensions, dimensionality, distance, quote, quotable,
   clustering, zz1102
%X that under a broad set of conditions (much broader than
   independent and identically distributed dimensions), as dimensionality
   increases, the distance to the nearest data point approaches the distance
   to the farthest data point.  ... real and arificial data ...
   this effect can occur for as few as  * 10-15 dimensions *. ...
   should not be interpreted to mean that high-dimensional indexing
   is never meaningful ...  [but] database literature to evaluate
   high-dimensional indexing techniques is flawed ...

%T David Bohm (1917-1992)
%K Bohm, David, ideas, biog, quantum, physics, physicist, mind, philosophy,
   quote, quotable
%X See DB@[wikip]['23].
   See review of a book about DB [doi:10.1126/science.adi3423][3/8/2023].
   Quote: "even the electron is informed with a certain level of mind".

%A Godfrey Harold Hardy
%T A Mathematician's Apology
%D 1940
%K Hardy, GHHardy, essay, book, c1940, c194x, c19xx, zz0323, biog, autobiog,
   Ramanujan, 1729, Littlewood, maths, mathematician, quote, quotable, CPSnow
%X With C.P.Snow's foreword 1967; uk us isbn13:978-1107295599.
      "Sometimes one has to say difficult things but one
      ought to say them as simply as one knows how." -- GHH.
   Also see GHH@[wikip]['23].
   [Also search for: Hardy maths].

%T Clive James obituary: 'A man of substance'
%D 2019
%K James, Clive, Vivian, obit, obituary, news, c2019, c201x, c20xx, zz1219,
   short, quote, quotable, brevity, MML, MDL, Australian, Australia, poet,
%X 7/10/1939 - 24/11/2019.
   'He was sanguine about his own end, maintaining a short biography on
   his website, which he hoped would be used as the basis for any
   appreciation of his life that might be written.
   Journalists writing an obituary should "keep in mind that
   shorter is better, and that a single line is best", it said.'
   -- [bbc][27/11/2019]. -----------------------
   (Also see,
   "... He also famously once said: 'Stop worrying, nobody gets out of this
   world alive.' ..."
   -- [abc][28/11/2019].)

%T Maryam Mirzakhani
%K Mirzakhani, c2017, c201x, c20xx, zz0917, mathematician, maths, math, STEM,
   Teichmuller, hyperbolic, Ergodic theory, symplectic,
   Fields medal, 2014, prize, obit, quote, quotable,
   StanfordUni, science, scientist, woman, women, www, HREF, http
%X Maryam Mirzakhani (1977 - 14/7/2017).
   Maths is "like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the
   knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks", M.M.,
   -- news@[Stanf'd][15/7/2017].

%A G. Rifkin
%A G. Harrar
%T The Ultimate Entrepreneur: The Story of Ken Olsen and
   Digital Equipment Corporation
%I Prima Pub., Rocklin CA
%P 336
%D 1990
%K Olsen, Ken Olsen, Kenneth, book, text, biography, DEC, PDP, PDP7, PDP9,
   PDP11, Vax, computer, computing, history, quote, quotable, prediction,
   zzPrediction, wrong, c1990, c199x, c19xx, zz0497
%X p.40:  Dec 1959 prototype PDP-1 4K words and a CRT
   p.104: Jan 1970 PDP-11 announced.
   p.175: Oct 1977 Vax 11/780 introduced.
   p.196: 17 May 1974 on pc's, Ahl proposes cheap 1-box computer,
          "Why would anyone need a computer of their own?" - Ken Olsen [...]
          "It's [the world is] not going small, stand-alone computers."
   Oops, [also search for: zzPrediction].

%A P. E. Hardin
%A J. C. Hall
%A M. Rosbash
%T Feedback of the Drosophila period gene product on circadian cycling of its
   messenger RNA levels
%J Nature
%V 343
%P 536-540
%D 1990
%K jrnl, MolBio, c1990, c199x, c19xx, zz1017, body clock, circadian rhythm,
   cycle, RNA, period, per, gene, Drosophila, 2017 Nobel prize, NobelPrize,
   Physiology Medicine, publish, perish, grants, NIH, ARC, research, funding,
   quote, quotable, "luminaries"
%X "Mutations in the period (per) gene of Drosophila melanogaster affect both
   circadian and ultradian rhythms. Levels of per gene product undergo circadian
   oscillation, and it is now shown that there is an underlying oscillation in
   the level of per RNA. The observations indicate that the cycling of
   per-encoded protein could result from per RNA cycling, and that there is a
   feedback loop through which the activity of per-encoded protein causes
   cycling of its own RNA."
   -- [doi:10.1038/343536a0]['17].
   (*Also see,
     "... Hall not only faced hurdles when attempting to establish his
      own work, but also found the politics of research funding frustrating.
      ... funding should not be a limiting factor on the scientist, but instead
      give them the flexibility to pursue new interests and hypotheses. ..."
     -- JCH@[wikip]['17].
     Current Biology, V.18, No.3, 12/2/2008, pp.R101-R103,
        "... What props up biological research, at least in the vaunted US of A,
        involves a situation so deeply imbued with entitlement mentality that
        it has sunk into institutional corruption. ..."
     -- [doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.12.016]['17].
     [Also search for: publish perish].
     "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017 was awarded jointly to
     Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young,
     'for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the
     circadian rhythm.'"
     -- [nobelprize]['17].*)

%A S. J. Gould
%T Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes
%I Penguin
%D 1983
%K book, c1983, c198x, c19xx, genetics, evolution, Darwin, Darwinism,
   pressure of selection, quote, quotable, quotation, taxonomy
%X book of essays
   p72: Taxonomy is often regarded as the dullest of subjects,
        fit only for mindless ordering and sometimes denigrated within
        science as mere "stamp collecting" (a designation this
        philatelist deeply resents). ...
        But classifications both reflect and direct the way we think.
        The way we order represents the way we think.
   p278 (Protestant theologian Martin Niemoller:)
        First the Nazis went after the Jews, but I wasn't a Jew, so I did
        not react. Then they went after the Catholics but I wasn't a
        Catholic so I didn't object. Then they went after the workers,
        so I didn't stand up. Then they went after the Protestant clergy
        and by then it was too late for anybody to stand up.
   p357: On What if anything is a zebra?
        Cladistics has generated a fearful jargon, and many of its leading
        exponents in America are among the most contentious scientists
        I have ever encountered. ...
        Cladists attempt to construct hierarchies of sister groups in order to
        specify temporal order of branching in evolutionary history.
   pb; isbn:0393311031; isbn13:978-0393311037.

%T World malaria situation in 1994 - Part I 269
%J Weekly Epidemiological Record
%I World Health Organization (WHO)
%V 72
%N 36
%P 269-274
%M 5 SEP
%D 1997
%K malaria, disease, WHO, WER, wkly, rec, MolBio, quote, quotable,
   statistics, cases, numbers, death rate, rates, infection, infected, zz0901
%X 300 to 500 million clinical cases and
   1.5 to 2.7 million deaths annually.
   ... tropical Africa est' to account for 90% of "incidence and
   the great majority of deaths."
   -- [72(36) pdf][9/'01]
   -- [72(27-52)][9/'01]
   -- [wer][9/'01]

%A A. Davie
%T An Introduction to Functional Programming Systems Using Haskell
%D 1992
%K FP, text, book, CUP, c1992, c199x, c19xx, functional programming language,
   Haskell, lazy, call by need, lambda calculus, parallel, eager, evaluation,
   L3Ref, decidable, type checking, system, types, quote, black hole, quotable
%X hb, uk us isbn:0521258308; uk us isbn13:978-0521258302; stg42.50.
   pb, uk us isbn:0521277248; uk us isbn13:978-0521277242; stg14.95.
      Ch 4. Types: "It is becoming clear ... that type sytems can be a trap for
      the unwary, a black hole into which programming language designers can
      fall if they are not careful to stay above the event horizon. The real
      trouble is that a too powerful type system is not amenable to type
      checking, far less inference in the sense that it may not be decidable
      whether an object has a given type or not. ..."

%A E. Meijer
%T Server side web scripting in Haskell
%V 10
%N 1
%P 1-18
%D 2000
%K jrnl, JFP, FP, HTML, CGI, cgibin, cgi-bin, Common Gateway Interface, www,
   script, HTTP, web server, c2000, c200x, c20xx, quotation, quotable,
   lesson, observation, programming style, type class, classes
%X "...(CGI) ...imposes much accidental complexity on the programmer. The...
   library documented in this paper hides all this unpleasantness by using the
   common sense `design pattern' of separating model & presentation. Low-level
   query string requests are represented by association lists, & primitive HTTP
   responses ... constructed using a set of HTML generating combinators. ...
   programmer only needs to write a worker function that maps an abstract
   request into an abstract response. A (higher-order) wrapper function then
   transmutes the worker into a real low-level CGI script that deals with the
   exact format of concrete requests & responses as required by the CGI std."
   -- [paper.pdf][5/'03].
   Observation: "Experienced H' programmers know of the duality between alg'
     data types and type classes.  ... H' style overloading is a powerful tool
     but it can be dangerous in the hands of inexperienced programmers. ...
     to make overloading really convenient we have to use a trick ..."

%A C. M. Case
%T Scholarship in Sociology
%J Sociology and Social Res.
%V 12
%P 323-340
%D 1928
%K c1928, c192x, c19xx, zz0820, publish or perish, quote, quotable, aphorism,
   academic, academia, university, scientific, research, management, journals,
   pressure, KPI, KPIs
%X "Publish or perish" attributed:
       "... The earliest known use of the term [P or P] in an
       academic context was in a 1928 journal article. ..."
   -- PorP@[wikip]['20].

%A F. Hoyle
%A J. Elliot
%T The Andromeda Breakthrough
%I HarperAndRow
%D 1964
%K book, c1964, c196x, c19xx, SciFi, sci fi, TV, space, computer,
   alien life, intelligence, android, quote, quotable
%X 1964.  Also see "A for Andromeda" 1962.
   (Also see [A-for-A].)
      Says Professor Madeleine Dawnay, as she stomps on a cigarette butt,
      "You know what life is? A spot of soot. Carbon, nitrogen. Add various
      bits of dirt to taste. Mix with water and stir well. And that's life."
      -- The Roman Peace (The Andromeda Breakthrough 37'30",
         02/08/62, BBC, Fred Hoyle and John Elliot).

%A D. T. Campbell
%T Assessing the impact of planned social change
%J Evaluation and Program Planning
%V 2
%N 1
%P 67-90
%D 1979
%K jrnl, c1979, c197x, c19xx, zz0319, Campbell's, Campbells, Campbell, law,
   laws, cambell, measure, impact, KPI, KPIs, JIF, Hindex, quote, quotable,
   funny, scientific research, assessment, management, university, distortion,
   corruption, corrupt, bibliometrics, game, gaming, spoof, spoofing, abuse
%X "It is a special characteristic of all modern societies that we consciously
   decide on and plan projects designed to improve our social systems. It is our
   universal predicament that our projects do not always have their intended
   effects. Very probably we all share in the experience that often we cannot
   tell whether the project had any impact at all, so complex is the flux of
   historical changes that would have been going on anyway, and so many are the
   other projects that might be expected to modify the same indicators. ..."
   -- [doi:10.1016/0149-7189(79)90048-X]['19].
   Campbell's law: "The more any quantitative social indicator is used for
      social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption
      pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social
      processes it is intended to monitor."
      -- CL@[wikip]['19].
   (Also see 'Incentive malus ...', The Economist 24/9/2016 [www]['19].)
   [Also search for: Goodhart law]  and  [also search for: publish perish].

%A A. J. Perlis
%T Epigrams on programming
%V 17
%N 9
%P 7-13
%D 1982
%K computer programming, jrnl, epigram, quote, quotes, quotable, quip,
   aphorism, wit, saying, syntactic sugar, c1982, c198x, c19xx
%X E.g., 1.One man's constant is another man's variable.
         2.Functions delay binding: data structures induce binding. Moral:
           Structure data late in the programming process.  ...
         7.It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a
           correct one.  ...
         31.Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.  ...
   local [copy].

%A E. Garfield
%A A. Welljams-Dorof
%T Of Nobel class: A citation perspective on high impact research authors
%J Theor. Medicine
%V 13
%P 117-135
%D 1992
%K jrnl, c1992, c199x, c19xx, zz1222, bibliometrics, impact, productivity,
   papers, publications, citations, ISI, scientific research, Nobel prize,
   academia, quote, quotable, publish, perish
%X "... to determine if quantitative rankings of highly cited research authors
   confirm Nobel prize awards. ..."
   -- [doi:10.1007/BF02163625]['22].
 * "productivity (articles per author), author impact (citations per author), &
   article impact (citations per paper)."
 * "[in 1961] the avg Nobel author received 169 citations, 30 times more than
   the avg author (5.5). [&] Nobelists were far more productive than the avg.
   They published 58.1 cited papers, 17 times more than the avg (3.37). But as a
   result, the average Nobelist-authored paper was cited 2.9 times, 'only' about
   double the average article (1.6)."
   [Also search for: publish perish].

%A C. H. Bennett
%T The thermodynamics of computation - a review
%J Int. J. of Theor. Physics
%T 21
%V 12
%P 905-940
%D 1982
%K jrnl, c1982, c198x, c19xx, zz1117, quantum computing, computing, reversible,
   energy, Fredkin, Toffoli, quote, waste heat, quotable
%X "Computers may be thought of as engines for transforming free energy into
   waste heat and mathematical work. Existing electronic computers dissipate
   energy vastly in excess of the mean thermal energy kT, for purposes such as
   maintaining volatile storage devices in a bistable condition, synchronizing
   and standardizing signals, and maximizing switching speed. On the other hand,
   recent models due to Fredkin and Toffoli show that in principle ..."
   -- [spr'nger]['17].
   [Also search for: reversible computing].

%A W. V. O. Quine
%T only a quote:
      Creatures inveterately wrong in their inductions have a pathetic
      but praiseworthy tendency to die before reproducing their kind
%D 1969?
%K learn, learning, evolution, intelligence, fitness, survival, igNobel,
   inductive inference, II, quote, quotable, quotation, c1969, c196x, c19xx
%X From  Tue Dec  1 03:11:10 1992
        The quote comes from a chapter by W.V.O. Quine which is titled "natural
   Kinds".  The copy I have is a xerox of the chapter which a professor
   gave me.  Unfortunately, I don't know the title of the book.  However,
   the first page has a reference suggesting this chapter is a reprint from
   "Ontological Relativity and Other Essays" by
   W.V.O. Quine (New York: Columbia Press, 1969)
   pp. 114-138.
   Hope that helps.
        If you hunt down the chapter and read it I would love to discuss it.
   I haven't read it in years, but I seem to remember it was rather tough
   going.  I very abstract view of epistemology if I remember correctly.
      Andy Bereson   .

%A H. Brody
%T Great expectations: why technology predictions go awry
%J Technolgy Review
%V 94
%N 5
%P 38-44
%D 1991
%K jrnl, c1991, c199x, c19xx, future, futurology, prediction, technobabble,
   quote, quotes, quotable, zz0497, development, market forecasts, zzPrediction,
   gallium arsenide, Josephson junction
%X some great ($) flops as of '91: video text, video disc, gallium arsenide,
      Xray lithography, Josephson junctions.
   Unpredicted hits: the computer, the pc.
   Roller-coaster: computer CD-rom predicted hit in 1980s came good in 1990s.
   Some great quotes unfortunately without precise ref's:
   The illusion of knowing what's going to happen is worse than not knowing.
      -- Utterback, MIT.
   Technology development ~ ouija board,  Everybody's got their hand on it
   but it always feels like somebody else is moving it.
      -- Lucky, Bell Labs.
   [Also search for: zzPrediction].

%A N. K. Humphrey
%T The illusion of beauty
%J Perception
%V 2
%P 429-439
%D 1973
%K jrnl, quote, quotable, good, beautiful, aesthetics, arts, art, music, poem,
   poetry, like, similarity, rhyme, rhymes, contrast, pattern, attractive,
   classification, good, c1973, c197x, c19xx, zz0702
%X p.434 ... What evidence is there that classification - the core of
   learning - is agreeable to men and to animals also? ...   (via Jon McC')
   -- [pdf]['06],

%A S. M. Stigler
%T Stigler's law of eponymy
%J Trans. of the New York Acad. of Sci.
%V 39
%N 1
%S 2
%P 147-157
%D 1980
%K jrnl, c1980, c198x, c19xx, zz0814, scientific research, publish, perish,
   credit, originator, naming, impact, discovery, reward, reputation, law, laws,
   Matthew effect, principle, adage, funny, quote, quotable
%X -- [doi:10.1111/j.2164-0947.1980.tb02775.x]['14].
   (Also see law@[wikip]['14], which includes
      "'Everything of importance has been said before by
      somebody who did not discover it' is an adage
      attributed to Alfred North Whitehead[5].")
   [Also search for: Matthew effect]  and  [also search for: funny laws].

%A J. Kruger
%A D. Dunning
%T Unskilled and unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one's own
   incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments
%J J. of Personality and Social Psychology
%V 77
%N 6
%P 1121-1134
%D 1999
%K jrnl, c1999, c199x, c19xx, zz0716, human, behaviour, psychology, confidence,
   beliefs, overconfidence, competence, incompetence, level, skill, expertise,
   ability, performance, judgement, IgNobel, Dunning Kruger effect,
   quote, quotable
%X "People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many
   social & intellectual domains. [We] suggest that this overestimation occurs,
   in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual
   burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions & make
   unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive
   ability to realize it. Across 4 studies, ... found that participants scoring
   in the bottom quartile on tests of humor, grammar, & logic grossly overest.
   their test performance & ability. Although their test scores put them in the
   12th percentile, they estimated themselves to be in the 62nd. Several
   analyses linked this miscalibration to deficits in metacognitive skill, or
   the capacity to distinguish accuracy from error. Paradoxically, improving the
   skills of the participants, & thus increasing their metacognitive competence,
   helped them recognize the limitations of their abilities."  (via AK.)
   -- [doi:10.1037/0022-3514.77.6.1121]['16].
   Also see DKe@[wikip]['16] ...
   "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance", Confucius.
   "The Foole doth thinke he is wise, but the wise man knowes himselfe to
    be a Foole", Shakespeare.
   "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge",
    Charles Darwin.
   "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty
    are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with
    doubt and indecision", Bertrand Russell.
   (And different, but [also search for: Peter principle].)

%A M. Pavlou
%A E. P. Diamandis
%T The athletes of science
%J Nature
%V 478
%P 419
%D 2011
%K views, c2011, c201x, c20xx, zz1111, publish and perish, impact, KPI, KPIs,
   Hindex, Gindex, rank, rankings, research, metrics, publications, citation,
   citations, everything, count, counted, quote, quotable, cite, science, ISI,
   SCI, academic
%X '... adapted from a saying by Albert Einstein[?]: "Many of the things you
   can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, do count. ...'
   -- [doi:10.1038/nj7369-419a]['11].
   *BUT* [also search for: count quote] and [also search for: publish perish].

%A D. L. Herbert
%A A. G. Barnett
%A N. Graves
%T Funding: Australia's grant system wastes time
%J Nature
%V 495
%P 314
%D 2013
%K views, c2013, c201x, c20xx, zz00413, peer review, publish perish, ARC, NHMRC,
   grant, grants, funding, stats, analysis, Australia, au, QUT, University,
   science, research, KIP, KPIs, funding, time, waste, applications,
   quote, quotable
%X "We found that scientists in Australia spent more than five centuries' worth
   of time preparing research-grant proposals for consideration by the largest
   funding scheme of 2012. Because just 20.5% of these applications were
   successful, the equivalent of some four centuries of effort returned no
   immediate benefit to researchers and wasted ..."
   -- [doi:10.1038/495314d]['13].
   [Also search for: research funding]  and [also search for: publish perish].

%A K. Cue
%T MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid
%I ConnorCourt
%P 262
%D 2013
%K book, c2013, c201x, c20xx, zz0813, education, teaching, school, self esteem,
   quotable, students, pupils, realistic, standards, schools, self obsession,
   obsessed, quality, mathspig, maths
%X 1st ed 2013; pb us$20; uk us isbn:1922168106; uk us isbn13:978-1922168108.
   '... globalised, market-driven, click-on click-off culture we not only fail
   to answer these questions, we can't even focus on them for long. ... shows
   how our mass-marketing culture spreads self-obsession and how, paradoxically,
   this self-obsession erodes your individuality, undermines your identity and,
   ultimately, diminishes your self-respect. ...'
   (Auth is mathspig@[wPress]['13].)
   '... As a maths teacher I cannot turn to a student and say "Don't
   you worry about algebra, Charlie, I know you don't like it". ...'

%A D. Aitkenhead
%T Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system
%J The Guardian
%D 2013
%K news, interview, c2013, c201x, c20xx, physics, Higgs boson, mass,
   2013 Nobel prize winner, NobelPrize, publish, perish, KPI, KPIs,
   Edinburgh University, scientific research, science, management, impact,
   publications, papers, quote, quotable
%X '... published fewer than 10 papers after his groundbreaking work, which
   identified the mechanism by which subatomic material acquires mass, was
   published in 1964. ...  authorities then took the view, he later learned,
   that he "might get a Nobel prize - and if he doesn't we can always get rid
   of him". Higgs said he became "an embarrassment to the department when they
   did research assessment exercises". A message would go around the dept
   saying: "Please give a list of your recent publications." Higgs said:
   "I would send back a statement: 'None.'" ...'
   -- The G [7/12/2013]['20].

%A J. P. A. Ioannidis
%T Research accomplishments that are too good to be true
%J Intensive Care Medicine
%V 40
%N 1
%P 99-101
%D 2014
%K conf, ESICM, c2014, c201x, c20xx, zz1114, publish, perish, science,
   University, academic, scientific research, impact, ethics, scandal, fake,
   fraud, abuse, misconduct, corrupt, falsify, falsification, fabricate,
   fabrication, Dean, Stapel, Tilburg, Boldt, hydroxylethyl starch,
   quote, quotable
%X "We are all proud of successes in sci. res.. Society at large expects to
   reap great benefits from these breakthroughs. However, sometimes research
   accomplishments are just too good to be true: single studies with
   extravagant results ...  Vignette 1: A famous prof. states (verbatim) in
   his inaugural speech on being installed in a prestigious university:
     'The freedom we have in the design of our experiments is so enormous that
     when an experiment does not give us what we are looking for, we blame the
     experiment, not our theory. (At least, that is the way I work). Is this
     problematic? No.' The researcher claims essentially that he can always get
   significant results. In fact, he does. He publishes ferociously & climbs
   fast the academic ladder[1]. ...
   ... Vignette 1: This is Diederik Stapel, dean of the School of Social &
   Behavioral Scis. at Tilburg U., & the quote is from his inauguration at
   Groningen. After decades of publishing dozens of spectacular papers, he
   admitted to propelling his career with fake data [1, 3]. ..."
   -- [doi:10.1007/s00134-013-3100-z]['14];
   [Also search for: publish perish] and
   [also search for: scientific research misconduct].

%A E. Szeng
%T How academia and publishing are destroying scientific innovation:
   A conversation with Sydney Brenner
%J King's review
%D 2014
%K news, views, c2014, c201x, c20xx, zz0314, publish, perish, KPI, KPIs,
   scientific research, impact, peer review, misuse, reviewing, refereeing,
   Sydney Brenner, Peter Higgs, grant, grants, funding, ARC, NIH, NHMRC,
   quote, quotable, Nobel prize, NobelPrize
%X "I recently had the privilege of speaking with Professor Sydney Brenner, a
   prof. of Genetic medicine at the Univ. of Cambridge & Nobel Laureate in
   Physiology or Medicine in 2002 ...
   SB: 'Today the Americans have developed a new culture in science
       based on the slavery of graduate students. Now graduate students
       of American institutions are afraid. He just performs. He's got
       to perform. ... .'
   ... 'A Fred Sanger would not survive today's world of science. With
   continuous reporting & appraisals, some committee would note that
   he published little of import between insulin in 1952 & his
   first paper on RNA sequencing in 1967 with another long gap until
   DNA sequencing in 1977. He would be labelled as unproductive, &
   his modest personal support would be denied. We no longer have a
   culture that allows individuals to embark on long-term - & what
   would be considered today extremely risky - projects.'
      I found this particularly striking given that another recent Nobel
   prize winner, Peter Higgs, who identified the particle that bears
   his name, the Higgs boson, similarly remarked in an interview with
   the Guardian that, 'he doubts a similar breakthrough could be
   achieved in today's academic culture, because of the expectations
   on academics to collaborate & keep churning out papers. He said
   that: "it's difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace
   & quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964."'
   ... 'I think peer review is hindering science. In fact, I think it
   has become a completely corrupt system. ...' ..."
   -- [www]['14].
   [Also search for: peer review].

%A D. Geman
%A S. Geman
%T Opinion: Science in the age of selfies
%V 113
%N 34
%P 9384-9387
%M ?
%D 2016
%K views, PNAS, c2016, c201x, c20xx, zz0916, publish and perish, scientific,
   university, management, academic, research, publications, infobabble,
   bandwagon, AI, big, data science, dataScience, LPU, Einstein, quote,
   quotable, impact, KPI, KPIs, misuse, bibliometrics, performance,
   selfy, selfie
%X "A time traveler from 1915 arriving in 1965 would have been astonished by the
   scientific theories & engineering technologies invented during that half
   century. ... Would a visitor from 1965, having traveled the 50 years to 2015,
   be equally dazzled? ... Here there is a paradox: Today, there are many more
   scientists, & much more money is spent on research, yet the pace of
   fundamental innovation, the kinds of theories & engineering practices that
   will feed the pipeline of future progress, appears, to some observers,
   including us, to be slowing ...
   ... outsized claims for artificial intelligence in the 1960s. After all, the
   'knowledge representation' & 'knowledge engineering' of the 1960s are not
   so dissimilar to today's 'data science.' ...
   What has certainly changed is the ... behavior of scientists, partly driven
   by new technology that affects everyone & partly driven by an alteration in
   the system of rewards & incentives. ... Grigori Perelman's proof of the
   Poincare conjecture & Yitang Zhang's contributions to the twin-prime
   conjecture - were the work of iconoclasts with an instinct for solitude ...
   'minimum publishable units' [LPUs] ...
   Albert Einstein remarked that 'an academic career, in which a person is
   forced to produce scientific writings in great amounts, creates a danger of
   intellectual superficiality' ... Discard numerical performance metrics ..."
   -- [doi:10.1073/pnas.1609793113]['16], [via RH].
   [Also search for: publish perish].

%A A. Finkel
%T To move research from quantity to quality, go beyond good intentions
%J Nature
%V 566
%N 566
%P 297
%D 2019
%K news, views, c2019, c201x, c20xx, zz0419, university, management, faculty,
   KPI, KPIs, science, scientific research, Hindex, gIndex, KPI, KPIs, publish,
   perish, publications, papers, journals, JIF, SNIP, citations, bibliometrics,
   audit culture, misuse, impact, quality, ERA, ARC, Australia, chief scientist,
   quote, quotable, Monash, Australia, topN, top5
%X "... Next, institutions must heed growing calls to abandon paper counting and
   similar metrics for evaluating researchers. One alternative approach, the
   Rule of Five, demonstrates a clear commitment to quality: candidates present
   their best five papers over the past five years, accompanied by a description
   of the research, its impact and their individual contribution. The exact
   numbers are immaterial: what matters is the focus on quality. A handful of
   institutions have required reviewers to consider individual contributions
   rather than lists of publications, and the shift has not been easy. Reviewers
   should be admonished for Googling individuals' h-indices and citation lists,
   for example. Perseverance and self-reflection are essential. ..."
   -- [doi:10.1038/d41586-019-00613-z]['19].
   (Alan Finkel is Australian chief scientist and was
   Chancellor of Monash University 2008-2016.)
   [Also search for: publish perish] & [also search for: university management].

%A H. Holden Thorp
%T Revolt against educational rankings
%J Science
%V 379
%N 6631
%P 419
%D 2023
%K editorial, news, views, c2023, c202x, c20xx, zz0223, university ranking,
   management, academic, academia, deanitis, USA, USnews, T14, KPIs, KPI,
   quote, quotable
%X "The ranking of universities & colleges at the national & global level is a
   well-known dubious practice. Flawed methodologies generate distorted &
   inaccurate profiles of these institutions. Yet, rankings have remained a
   popular ... prestigious law & medical schools have started to walk away from
   this 'evaluation.' ... There are many theories about how higher education in
   the United States lost its way. A reasonable hypothesis is that it started in
   1983 when U.S. News published its first list. It's been downhill ever since.
   Time to turn it around."
   -- [doi:10.1126/science.adg8723]['23].
   [Also search for: university rankings].

%A E. P. Wigner
%T The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences
%J Comm. on Pure and Appl. Maths
%V 13
%N 1
%P 1-14
%D 1960
%O Richard Courant lecture in Math. Sci., delivered at New York Univ.,
   11 May 1959
%K lecture, seminar, talk, c1960, c196x, c19xx, zz0820, science, maths, model,
   prediction, predict, effective, useful, mathematics, seminars,
   physics, quote, quotable
%X -- [doi:10.1002/cpa.3160130102]['20],

%A J. O. Coplien
%T To iterate is human, to recurse, divine
%J C++ Report
%V 10
%N 7
%P 43-51
%D 1998
%K cc, cplusplus, OO, OOP, recursive, recursion, iteration, Deutsch, Heller,
   haha, ha ha, quote, quotation, quotable, c1998, c199x, c19xx, zz0803
%X [The] title ... variously attributed to
   L. Peter Deutsch and Robert Heller. ...
   -- [paper][8/'03].

%A J. E. Hirsch
%T Superconductivity, what the H? The Emperor has no clothes
%J Physics and Society
%D 2020
%K publish, perish, JEHirsch, TR, c2020, c202x, c20xx, zz0820, news, views,
   physics, superconductor, citations, publications, Hindex, misuse, abuse,
   jrnl, KPI, KPIs, impact, university, scientific research, bibliometrics, wry,
   quote, quotable, controversial
%X "... For better or for worse, I am most famous (or infamous) for the
   invention of the Hindex. ... In a nutshell, my observation is that about half
   the scientific community loves the Hindex & half hates it, & the Hindex of
   the scientist itself is a great predictor of whether s/he belongs to the 1st
   or the 2nd group, in addition to its other virtues. I am not completely
   unhappy with the impact of my paper, which is by far my most highly cited
   one. As Oscar Wilde said, 'There is only one thing in life worse than being
   talked about ...'. ...  But I have now come to believe that it can also fail
   spectacularly & have severe unintended -ve consequences. I can understand how
   the sorcerer's apprentice must have felt. ..."
   -- 2001.09496@[arXiv]['20].
   [Also search for: publish perish]  and  [also search for: Hirsch Hindex].

%A J. W. Backus
%A F. L. Bauer
%A J. Green
%A C. Katz
%A J. McCarthy
%A P. Naur
%A A. J. Perlis
%A H. Rutishauer
%A K. Samelson
%A B. Vauquois
%A J. H. Wegstein
%A A. van Wijngarden
%A M. Woodger
%T Revised Report on the algorithmic language ALGOL 60
%O CACM, Vol.6, No.1, Jan. 1963
%K Algol 60, Algol60, Algol-60, imperative programming language definition,
   c1963, c196x, c19xx, A60, PLD, L3Ref, L4Ref, c1963, c196x, c19xx, quote,
   quotable, quip, IFIP
%X ''Here is a language so far ahead of its time, that it was not only an
   improvement on its predecessors, but also on on nearly all its successors.''
    -- C. A. R. Tony Hoare, 'Hints on Programming Language Design',
       Stanford AI Lab., Memo AIM-224, STAN-CS-73-403, Dec '73.  [p27]
       (thanks to Doug Merritt for finding this 4/'04).
   (Also see [Algol60].)

%A C. A. R. Hoare
%T Hints on programming language design
%I Stanford AI Lab.
%R AIM 224
%O STAN CS 73 403
%D 1973
%K TR 224, AIM224, STANCS73403, CS403, languages, algol 60, algol60, A60,
   c1973, c197x, c19xx, Tony Hoare, syntax, semantics, POPL, quote, quotable
%X Based on a keynote address SIGACT/SIGPLAN POPL Oct 1973.
   Incuding, on Algol-60,  "Here is a language so far ahead of its time,
      that it was not only an improvement on its predecessors, but also on
      nearly all its successors."  [p.27]
   -- [.pdf][4/'04].

%A C. Strachey
%T Fundamental concepts of programming languages
%J Int. Summer School in Comp. Prog.
%C Copenhagen
%D 1967
%O Higher-Order & Symbolic Computation (HOSC), Kluwer, v13(1/2), pp.11-49, 2000
%K conf, c1967, c196x, c19xx, CPL, programming language, function,
   first class value, type, types, polymorphism, polymorphic, parametric,
   ad hoc, adhoc, semantics, L-value, R-value, values,  Lvalues, Rvalues,
   parameter passing, binding, citizen, orthogonal design, computer, CS, CSci,
   quote, quotable
%X "This paper forms the substance of a course of lectures given at the
   Int. Summer School in Comp. Prog. at Copenhagen in Aug., 1967.  ..."
   (finally published in a special issue of HOSC 13(1/2) 2000;  abs and .pdf:)
   -- [doi:10.1023/A:1010000313106][05/'04],
   (Also, "functions as first-class citizens [was] coined by Strackey 1967"
    -- [wikip]['24].)

%A Tony Abbott
%T Quote
%D 2013
%K Abbott, suppository, quote, quotable, funny, haha, ha ha, c2013, zz0813,
   Liberal party, Australia, election, campaign, politics, ABC, SBS, tax, GST,
   marriage, same sex, coal, NSA, ASIO, non core promise, promises, lies
%X "No one, however smart, however well-educated, however
    experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom."
    -- Tony Abbott, Liberal leader,
       campaigning for the Australian Federal election, 12 August 2013.
 * "It is an absolute principle of democracy that governments should not and
    must not say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards."
    -- Tony Abbott, 22 August 2011.
 * And, "no cuts to education" "no cuts to health", "no change to pensions",
        "no change to the GST", "no cuts to the ABC or SBS",
   -- Tony Abbott, 6 September 2013,
    (The Lib.-Nat. coalition won that election, 7 Sept 2013, so TA became PM.
     Also see [bbc]['13].)
 * "We stand for lower, simpler, fairer taxes, not great big new taxes
    that damage Australia's economy, not great big new taxes ..."
   -- Tony Abbott, 28 October 2013,
      [abc] Fact Check 1/5/2014.
 * '"From time immemorial, in every culture that's been known, marriage or
   that kind of solemnised relationship has been between a man and a woman,"
   Mr Abbott said on October 25, 2013. ... [But] A significant body of
   academic work shows that marriage and "other solemnised relationships" have
   not always been between "a man and a woman".  Mr Abbott is incorrect.'
   -- [abc] Fact Check 1/11/2013.
 * '"Mr Abbott said he was "worried and concerned" by the ABC taking a lead in
   reporting leaks from Snowden, a former US NSA contractor.'
   -- [abc][29/1/2014],
 * "Coal is good for humanity" -- T.A. 13/10/2014,
 * (14/9/2015: The Libs replaced TA with Malcolm Turnbull as leader, and PM.)

%A Franklin Pierce Adams
%T Quote
%D 1881-1960
%K Adams, quote, quotable, good old days, bad memory, faulty, zz0119,
   nostalgia, funny, haha
%X "Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory."
   -- is attributed to Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960) by a
   number of quotation web-sites.

%A anon
%T Lies, damned lies, and statistics
%K anon, damned lies, statistics, stats, quote, quotable, funny, Mark Twain,
   Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dilke
%X -- LDLS@[wikip]['20].
   Attributed to several, different people.
   *Popularised* by Mark Twain and others.

%A John Arbuthnot
%T Quote
%D 1692
%K Arbuthnot, quote, quotable, reason, reasoning, mathematics, maths, logic,
   c1692, c169x, c16xx
%X "When a Mathematical Reasoning can be had it's as great a folly
   to make use of any other, as to grope for a thing in the dark,
   when you have a Candle standing by you."
   [from a  P h i l i p  W a d l e r  email].

%A Archilochus
%T Quote
%K Archilochus, quote, quotable, fox, hedgehog, trick, tricks
%X The poet A. wrote "The fox has many tricks, and the hedgehog one great one".

%A Lawrence (Yogi) Berra (1925-2015)
%T Quote
%K Berra, quote, quotable, Yogiisms, bear, malapropism, witticism,
   wit, funny, ha ha, haha, baseball
%X The future ain't what it used to be.
 * It ain't over till it's over
 * It's like deja vu all over again.
 * When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
 * No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
 * You can observe a lot by just watching.
 * If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.
 * Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
 * Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.
 * A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.               [via AK]
   More YB@[wikip]['20].

%A George Brandis
%D 2014
%T Quote
%K Brandis, quote, quotable, c2014, zz0514, attorney general, Australia,
   politics, Liberal party, Racial Discrimination Act, hatred, 18C, offensive,
   bigot, biggot, Andrew Bolt
%X "People do have a right to be bigots, you know.
    In a free country, people do have rights to say things
    that other people find offensive or insulting or bigoted."
    -- p.1797@[hansard][24/3/2014],

%A Nils Bohr
%T Quote
%K Bohr, quote, quotable, funny, predict, prediction, future, model,
   over fitting, overfit, overfitting, stats, modeling, modelling, theory
%X "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future."
   -- This quote serves as a warning of the importance of testing a
      forecasting model out-of-sample. It's often easy to find a model that fits
      the past data well -- perhaps too well! -- but quite another matter to
      find a model that correctly identifies those features of the past data
      which will be replicated in the future
   -- [www][1/'02].
   {BUT see [wikiq]['14].}

%A C. Caleb
%K Caleb, c1820, c182x, c18xx, zz1023, plagiarism, quote, quotable, copy,
   copying, research, three
%X "If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as
   plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will cried up as erudition."
   -- quoteinvestigator
   and several(!) variations inc.:
   "If you copy from one book, that's plagiarism: if you copy from
   many books, that’s research." (1930).

%A W. B. Cameron
%T Quote
%K Cameron, quote, quotable, c1963, c196x, c19xx, funny, count, counts,
   counting, counted, everything, KPI, KPIs, Einstein
%X "not everything that can be counted counts, and
   not everything that counts can be counted."
     (Quote Investigator attributes it to W. B. Cameron, 'Informal
     Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking' (1963),
     -- [www]['18],
     although many think it is due to Einstein.
     Note, QI's page contains a "picture of Einstein at blackboard
     with *fictitious* writing constructed at")
   [Also search for: Campbell law]  and  [also search for: Goodhart law].

%A Howard Carter
%D ??? - 1939 ?
%T Quote
%K Carter, quote, quotable, rubbish, ball balls, Tutankhamen, Tutankhamun
%X In reply to rubbish: "The answer to that is spherical and in the plural."

%A Robert R. Coveyou
%D ? 1960s ?
%K Coveyou, quote, quotable, funny, Coveyou, pseudo random number generators,
   generation, numbers, too important, left to chance, RNG, PRNG, c19xx
%X "The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance."
   Many 'net sources attribute this to
   mathematician Robert R. Coveyou of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
   ? in the 1950s and 1960s ?

%A Ronald Coase
%K Coase, quote, quotable, economics, economist, statistics, stats, data, model,
   funny, haha
%X "If you torture the data enough, nature will always confess."

%A E. Dijkstra
%D ?
%T Quote
%K Dijkstra, Edsger, EWD, c19xx, zz0220, quote, quotable, SE, SWE, SWEng,
   computer programming, proof, verification, logic, formal,
   Software Engineering, crisis
%X "The required techniques of effective reasoning are pretty formal, but
   as long as programming is done by people that don't master them, the
   software crisis will remain with us and will be considered an incurable
   disease. And you know what incurable diseases do: they invite the quacks
   and charlatans in, who in this case take the form of Software Engineering
   -- [www]['20]  (via AK).

%A A. Einstein
%D 1933 ?
%T Quote
%K Einstein, quote, quotable, simple, simplicity, II, AI, theory, theories,
   KISS, Occam's razor, occams, c193x, c19xx
%X ... wrote in 1933 "The supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible
   basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender
   the adequate representation of a single datum of experience"
   often paraphrased as
   "Theories should be as simple as possible, but no simpler."
   "Das Oberste Ziel aller Theorie ist, die nicht reduzierbaren grundlegenden
   Elemente zu bilden, wie einfach und nur moglich, ohne zu mussen, die
   ausreichende Darstellung eines Einzelnen Bezugspunktes der Erfahrung zu
   ubergeben." -- Albert Einstein (1933)
   ?Where was E. writing?

%A R. Feynman
%T Probability and Uncertainty - The Quantum Mechanical View of Nature
%D 1964
%K Feynman, quote, quotable, Feynman, quantum, theory, mechanics, nobody,
   understands, understanding, physics, weirdness, c1964, c196x, c19xx, zz0814
%X Lecture, includes: "... I think I can safely say that
                       nobody understands quantum theory. ..." at 7:40+.
   -- [7.40]['14], via A.K.,

%A Flanders and Swan
%K Flanders, Swan, quote, quotable, entropy, first, second, law, thermodynamics,
   physics, heat, funny, haha
%X The First Law of Thermodynamics:  Heat is work and work is heat. …
   The Second Law of Thermodymamics: Heat cannot of itself pass from
   one body to a hotter body. ...
   Heat is work and work's a curse.
   And all the heat in the Universe.
   Is gonna cooool down 'cos it can't increase.
   Then there'll be no more work and there'll be perfect peace.
   Yeah - that's entropy, man!

%A Peter Goldsworthy
%T The biology of poetry
%D 2002
%K Goldsworthy, quote, quotable, poem, poetry, arts, art, beauty, pattern,
   motif, metaphor, emotion, patterns, c2002, c200x, c20xx
%X "... But when we start talking about the emotional power of poetry, we start
   talking about metaphor above all.  Metaphor is the key basic building block
   of poetry.  An this is no surprise - because metaphor is a kind of pattern
   seeking - and our brains are formatted at seeking patterns.  Logic
   doesn't come naturally to the human brain.  Our brains have to be trained -
   Pavloved - into logic.  Culturally constructed, if you like.  But our
   brains very naturally seek patterns.  That's what they do best. ..."
      [From 'The biology of poetry', the Judith Wright memorial lecture,
      Balmain Town Hall, Australian Poetry Festival, 2002, as re-printed
      in the 'Adelaide Review', Feb, 2003.]
   (See .doc@[www][11/2017].)

%T G. H. Hardy and the Riemann Hypothesis (story)
%K Hardy, quote, quotable, c19xx, zz1123, story, Bohr, Riemann Hypothesis
%X "Hardy stayed in Denmark with Bohr until the very end of the summer vacation,
   & when he was obliged to return to England to start his lectures there was
   only a very small boat available... The North Sea can be pretty rough, & the
   probability that such a small boat would sink was not exactly zero. Still,
   Hardy took the boat, but sent a postcard to Bohr: 'I proved the Riemann
   Hypothesis. G.H. Hardy.' If the boat sinks & Hardy drowns, everybody must
   believe that he has proved the Riemann Hypothesis. Yet God would not let
   Hardy have such a great honor & so He will not let the boat sink."
   -- [mcleod]['23].

%A Philip Hodgins
%D 2002
%T Quote
%K Hodgins, aphorism, quote, quotable, obituary, die, gallows humour, humor,
   ha ha, haha
%X 'an obituary to die for'
   -- attributed to the poet P.H. by Peter Goldsworthy (2002) in
   'The biology of poetry', the Judith Wright memorial lecturer;
   it was PH's response (with a bottle of wine) to PG's obituary of
   PH sent to PH shortly before his death.

%A Donald E. Knuth
%D 1977
%T Quote
%K Knuth, quote, quotable, c1977, c197x, c19xx, verification, proof, deque,
   correctness, bug, bugs, testing, program, programming, SWE, SWeng, code
%X "Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only
   proved it correct, not tried it."   -- Donald E. Knuth.
      Final sentence of a letter written to Peter van Emde Boas titled
   "Notes on the van Emde Boas construction of priority deques:
   An instructive use of", 1977.                [Via Geoff W., '06].

%A Pierre Laplace
%D 1819
%T Quote
%K Laplace, quote, quotable, probability theory, c1819, c181x, c18xx
%X Probability theory is nothing but common sense reduced to calculation.
   [from R u s s e l l and N o r v i g '95, p.458].

%A Arthur Lesk
%T On Deans
%D pre-2014
%K Lesk, University, Faculty, Dean, Deans, deanitis, tertiary education,
   research, academia, university management, KPI, KPIs, quality (not),
   publications, papers, impact, publish, perish, count, zz0614,
   funny, ha ha, haha, quote, quotable, ALesk, AMLesk
%X Deans are  unable to read,
   Deans are unable to weigh,
   Counting is roughly their speed,
   So publish a little each day.

%A James Maxwell
%D 1850
%T Quote
%K Maxwell, quote, quotable, probability, inductive inference,
   II, c1850, c185x, c18xx
%X The true logic for this world is the calculus of Probabilities, which
   takes account of the magnitude of the probability which is, or
   ought to be, in any reasonable man's mind.
   [from R u s s e l l and N o r v i g '95, p.458].

%A J. von Neumann
%D 1951
%K Neumann von, quote, pseudo random number generators, RNG, PRNG, c1951, c195x,
   c19xx, vonNeumann, generation, quotable, funny
%X Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is,
   of course, in a state of sin.     [via enews].

%A J. von Neumann
%K Neumann von, quote, quotable, funny, stats, statistics, overfitting,
   over fitting, parameters, c195x, c19xx
%X "with four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can
   make him wiggle his trunk."
   Attributed to J vN by Fermi
   -- [www]['21].

%A J. R. Oppenheimer
%T Quote
%K Oppenheimer Robert, quote, quotable, death, destroyer of worlds,
   Krishna, Arjuna, Bhagwat Gita, atom bomb, atomic, Abomb, WW2, WWII,
   Manhattan Project, Los Alomos, LosAlomos, test, c1945, c194x, c19xx
%X "Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds."
   e.g., utube[www]['20].
   [Also search for: Manhattan Project bomb].

%A Blaise Pascal
%D 1656
%T Quote
%K Pascal, quote, quotable, funny, letter, writing, short, shorter, long,
   longer, succinct, brief, brevity, MML, time, busy, Mark Twain
%X Often attributed to Mark Twain, and others, but apparenly due to Pascal:
      "Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue parceque je n'ai pas eu le loisir de
      la faire plus courte."
   "I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to
   make it short."
   Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (1656-1657), no. 16.
   -- I.M.Richmond, Dept of French, U. W.Ontario  [1991].

%A Plato
%D c. 428-348 BC
%T Quote
%K Plato, quote, quotable, class, classification, feathered, featherless,
   man, Diogenes
%X "Seeing that the human race falls into the same classification as the
   feathered creatures, we must divide the biped class into featherless
   and feathered" - Plato
 and then ...
   "Plato having defined man to be a two-legged animal without feathers,
   Diogenes the Cynic plucked a cock and brought it into the Academy, and said,
   'This is Plato's man.' On which account this addition was made to the
   definition: 'With broad flat nails.'"
                              - From Diogenes Laertius,
                              Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Diogenes, sec.6
   via enews.

%A Drummond Rennie
%D 2010 ?
%T Quote
%K Rennie, quote, quotable, publish, perish, authors, authorship, gift, gifted,
   guest, priority, credit, contribution, publications, papers, Venkatraman
%X "If scientists want to convey this information by the way their names are
   ordered, the method is similar to sending smoke signals, in code, on a dark,
   windy night."
   Attributed to DR by V.Venkatraman in 'Conventions of Scientific Authorship',
   Science, APR, 2010
   -- [doi:10.1126/science.caredit.a1000039]['18].
   [Also search for: publish perish].

%A Elizabeth Taylor (27/2/1932 - 23/3/2011)
%T Quote
%K Taylor, vice, vices, virtue, virtues, annoying, funny, haha, quote, quotable
%X "The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can
   be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues."
       (? Quoted in The Seven Deadly Sins, Steven Schwartz p.23, 2000 ?)

%A Donald J. Trump
%T D. Trump quotes
%K Trump, DJT, Trumpism, Trumpisms, Trumpery, Trumpistan, Trumped, zzTrump,
   potus, c2017, c201x, c20xx, quote, quotable, funny, ha ha, haha, US, USA,
   America, American, politics, president, Mexico, wall, Russia, politics,
   fake news, fakeNews, covid19
%X * "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese
     in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.",
     Twitter [6/11/2012].
   * "Trump boasts that he's 'like, really smart' and a
     'very stable genius' amid questions over his mental fitness",
     e.g., see The Washington Post [6/1/2018].
   * "'In the end, Mexico is going to pay for the wall,' the US president
     told supporters at a campaign-style rally in Nashville. ...",
     e.g., see The G [30/5/2018]['18].
   * "They really like me in the UK", e.g., CNN[13/7/2018],
     in fact 10s of 1000s protested against him, e.g., abc[14/7/2018].
   * "I don't see any reason why it would be" [Russia that interfered in the
     presidential election], on 16/7/2018, e.g., bbc[17/7/2018].
   * "And we're building a wall in Colorado", e.g., bbc[24/10/2019].
   * "I never understood wind. You know, I know windmills very much."
     -- TheG[23/12/2019].
   * "I like this stuff.  I really get it.  People are surprised that I
      understand it.  Every one of these doctors said, 'How do you know
      so much about this?'  Maybe I have a natural ability.  Maybe I should
      have done that instead of running for President. ..."
      'Remarks by President Trump After Tour of the
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, 6 March 2020,
      -- wh[.gov][7/3/2020].
   * "And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it [SARS-CoV-2] out in a
     minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by
     injection inside or almost a cleaning? So it'd be interesting to
     check that."
     -- bbc[24/4/2020].
   * "It is what it is." (covid-19 death toll) -- cnn[4/8/2020].
   * "I said, 'You didn't pay, you're delinquent?' No, I would not protect you
     [your country]. In fact, I would encourage them [Russia] to do whatever the
     hell they want. You got to pay. You got to pay your bills."
     -- The_G[12/2/2024] and see the
   (Also see, 'A Ladybird book about Donald Trump', Oct. 2019,
    uk us isbn:$16; 0241422728; uk us isbn13:978-0241422724.)
   [Also search for: Trumpery].

%A Xi Jinping
%K Xi Jinping, c202x, c20xx, China, PRC, CCP, president, Xi Jinping, quote,
   quotable, media, politics
%X * Xi Jinping told senior Communist Party officials it was important to
     present an image of a "credible, loveable and respectable China", according
     to a report by state-run news agency Xinhua.
     -- bbc[3/6/2021].
   * The country needed to create a team of professionals and adopt "precise
     communication methods" for different regions, [Xi] said.
     -- reuters[2/6/2021].
   * China's response was "scientific and effective". He told officials to
     "unswervingly adhere to the general policy of dynamic zero-Covid".
     -- The G [6/5/2022].

%A Mark Zuckerberg
%T Zuckerberg quotes
%K Zuckerberg emails, Facebook, www, social media, sharing, quote, quotable,
   c2012, c201x, c20xx, zz0920, UK, privacy
%X "That may be good for the world, but it's not good for us,"
   Zuckerberg wrote in a 2012 email.
   -- [The-G][5/12/2018], J.C.Wong.
   [Also search for: Facebook].

%T Computer Models
%A James Hacker
%D 2013
%K c2013, c201x, c20xx, zz0614, quote, quotable, quotation, funny, ha ha, haha,
   computer model, statistical, stats, British, uk, TV, PM, Yes Prime Minister,
   James Hacker, Poisoned Chalice, Europe, euro, global financial crisis, GFC
%X "Computer models, Humphrey, are no different from fashion models -
   seductive, unreliable, easily corrupted and they lead sensible people
   to make fools of themselves." -- PM James Hacker (now David Haig) to
   Humphrey Appleby (now Henry Goodman) in the TV series 'Yes Prime Minister'
   (revived), ep.2, 'The Poisoned Chalice', S01E02, 22 January 2013;
   see [ubend][6/2014].
   [Also search for: stats quote].

%T Economists
%T Quote
%K quote, quotable, economist, c19xx, predict, prediction, predicting, economy,
   economics, dismal, stats
%X "An economist is someone who can predict the past, 50% of the time."
   I read it, alas I cannot remember where -- LA.

%T Fortran
%D 19??
%K quote, quotable, programming language, languages, Fortran, c19xx
%X "I don't know what the language of the year 2000 will
   look like, but it will be called Fortran."
   I have seen this attributed to Seymour Cray, Tony Hoare & many others -- LA.

%A M. Nelson
%T Arithmetic Coding + Statistical Modeling = Data Compression
%J Dr. Dobbs J.
%D 1991
%K c1991, c199x, c19xx, zz0916, arithmetic coding, statistical modeling,
   data compression, modelling, quote, quotable
%X "... article first appeared in the February, 1991 issue of Dr. Dobb's J. ..."
   -- [www]['16].
   [Also search for: arithmetic coding compression].

%A L. Menand
%T Notable Quotables
%J The New Yorker
%D 2007
%K views, c2007, c200x, c20xx, zz1119, quotes, quotable, quote, quotations
%X -- [19-26/2/2007]['19].

%A J. W. Tukey
%T The technical tools of statistics
%J Amer. Statistician
%V 19
%N 2
%P 23-28
%D 1965
%K jrnl, c1965, c196x, c19xx, zz0713, stats, statistics, quotable
%X -- Jstor [doi:10.2307/2682374]['13],
 ('As John Tukey said in '64, "Most uses of the classical tools of statistics
  have been, are, and will be, made by those who know not what they do"'
  -- RvH@[www][7/'13].)

%A G. E. P. Box
%T Robustness in the strategy of scientific model building
%J Robustness in Statistics
%E R. L. Launer
%E G. N. Wilkinson
%I AcademicPress
%P 201-236
%D 1979
%K jrnl, c1976, c197x, c19xx, zz0915, GEPBox, stats, all, models, wrong,
   some useful, model, quote, quotable, scientific method
%X "The philosophy of robust procedures is discussed. It is argued that the
   present emphasis by statistical researchers on ad hoc methods of robust
   estimation is mistaken. Classical methods of estimation should be retained
   using models which more appropriately represent reality. Attention should not
   be confined merely to discrepancies arising from outliers & heavy tailed
   distributions but should be extended to include serial dependence, need for
   transformation & other problems. Some researches of this kind using Bayes
   theorem are discussed. ..."
   (* "All models are wrong but some are useful" (p.2) *)
   -- ADA070213@[mil]['15],
  (Also see wrong@[wikip]['15].)
   [Also search for: Box stats].

%A J. H. Bennett
%T Statistical Inference and Analysis Selected Correspondence of R. A. Fisher
%D 1990
%K book, text, OUP, stats, RAFisher, c1990, c199x, c19xx, statistics, Bayesian,
   maximum likelihood, quote, quotable, foundations, frequentist, Senn
%X "[o]ur palace of adamant rests upon foundations of gossamer which have
   to be renewed two or three times a week by the indefatigable labours of
   mathematical logicians, and yet the superstructure seems to be secure and
   quite habitable." -- R.A.Fisher quoted by S.Senn (from Bennett 1990, p.129)
      in 'Names and Games, A Reply to Deborah G. Mayo,'
      RMM, vol.3, pp.19-21, 2012, (via R.B.),
   [Also search for: RAFisher].

%A C. Silverman
%A S. Brin
%A R. Motwani
%A J. Ullman
%T Scalable techniques for mining causal structures
%J Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
%I KluwerAcademic
%V 4
%N 2-3
%P 163-192
%D 2000
%K jrnl, c2000, c200x, c20xx, structure, model, net, network, Bnet, quotable,
   causal models, Bayesian networks
%X "Mining for association rules in market basket data ...  such rules indicate
   only a stat. relationship between A and B. They do not specify the nature of
   the relationship: whether the presence of A causes the presence of B, or the
   converse ...  we consider the problem of determining casual relationships,
   instead of mere associations .... We identify some problems with the direct
   application of B.learning ideas to mining large DBs ...  both the
   scalability of algs. & the appropriateness of the stat.techniques, &
   introduce some initial ideas for dealing with these problems. ...  The
   results indicate that the approach proposed here is both computationally
   feasible & successful in identifying interesting causal structures. An
   interesting outcome is that it is perhaps easier to infer the lack of
   causality than to infer causality, information that is useful in preventing
   erroneous decision making."
   -- [doi:10.1023/A:1009891813863a]['14].
     [A quote: "In our view, inferring complete causal models (i.e.,
      causal Bayesian networks) is essentially impossible in large-scale
      data mining applications with thousands of variables." -- p.166.]
   [Also search for: Bayesian network].

%A D. Hemenway
%T Fight the silencing of gun research
%J Nature
%V 546
%P 345-347
%D 2017
%K news, views, c2017, c201x, c20xx, zz0617, gun, guns, stats, statistics,
   firearm, firearms, US, USA, law, death, gunshot, shooting, NRA, violence,
   homicide, murder, suicide, quote, quotable
%X "In the half-century since the assassination of Martin Luther King, more
   civilians in the United States have been killed with guns than American
   soldiers have died in all US wars since the nation was founded in 1776.
   Currently, on an average day, about 300 Americans are shot and 100 die from
   gunshot wounds - in murders, attempted suicides or accidents ...
   Among the world's two-dozen highest-income countries, the US has avg. rates
   of non-gun crime & violence. But with many more guns & the weakest gun laws,
   it has by far the most gun deaths per capita. An American 5- to 14-year-old
   is more than 18 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more
   likely to use a gun to take their own life & 12 times more likely to be
   killed in a gun accident than children of the same age in other high-income
   countries. ..."
   -- [doi:10.1038/546345a]['17].
   [Also search for: gun usa].

%A J. Felsenstein
%T Inferring evolutionary trees from DNA sequences
%P 133-150
%B Statistical Analysis of DNA Sequence Data
%E B. Weir
%I Dekker
%D 1983
%K MolBio, c1983, c198x, c19xx, DNA, phylogenetic, family tree, trees,
   inference, parsimony, maximum likelihood, quote, quotable
%X Monash bio lib 574.873282028 W425S.
  "parsimony and maximum likelihood do become the same when rates of change
   become vary small"  and
  "extreme empirical bias of molecular biologists, who have little patience
   for discussions of the methodology of data analysis."

%A M. A. Musen
%T Ontology oriented design and programming
%I Stanford Medical Informatics, Stanford U.
%R 2000-833
%D 2000
%K TR, TR833, c2000, c200x, c20xx, zzOSP, zOSP04, ontological, concepts, AI,
   KADS, formal, formalism, abstraction, quote, quotation, quotable, rule,
   rules, based
%X "...workers in AI also have had a history of getting themselves into
   trouble by not recognizing the central importance of software to
   the AI enterprise itself."
   "The developers of the first knowledge-based system ... faltered as they
   attempted to scale up their work."
   "Although an official claim was often made that rules such as those in
   MYCIN are `independent and modular' it became clear that developers
   needed to view prod'n rules as elements of a very high-level prog' lang'."
   "If a diagnostic task is to be solved using heuristic classification [say]
   different domain knowledge is required than if that task is to be solved
   using Bayesian reasoning."
   "[Production] rules ... may encode considerable control-flow information"
   [][8/'04] via L@riss@ So1d@tov@.

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