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Richard Hamming Quotes

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Computer scientists stand on each other’s feet  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Typing is no substitute for thinking  (Richard Hamming Quotes) One of the characteristics of successful scientists is having courage. Once you get your courage up and believe that you can do important problems, then you can. If you think you can’t, almost surely you are not going to.  (Richard Hamming Quotes) The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you’re doing.  (Richard Hamming Quotes) The emotion at the point of technical breakthrough is better than wine, women and song put together.  (Richard Hamming Quotes) The real problem is what can man and machine do together and not in competition  (Richard Hamming Quotes) One of the characteristics of successful scientists is having courage  (Richard Hamming Quotes) What are the important problems of your field?  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Luck favors the prepared mind  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Beware of finding what you’re looking for.A favorite aphorism he often used  (Richard Hamming Quotes) The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers  (Richard Hamming Quotes) One of the characteristics of successful scientists is having courage. Once you get your courage up and believe that you can do important problems, then you can. If you think you can’t, almost surely you are not going to  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Good teachers deserve apples; great teachers deserve chocolate. A favorite quotation, written in calligraphy on his office door  (Richard Hamming Quotes) He who works with the door open gets all kinds of interruptions, but he also occasionally gets clues as to what the world is and what might be important  (Richard Hamming Quotes) If you don’t work on important problems, it’s not likely that you’ll do important work  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Perhaps the central problem we face in all of computer science is how we are to get to the situation where we build on top of the work of others rather than redoing so much of it in a trivially different way  (Richard Hamming Quotes) If you have the door to your office closed, you get more work done today and tomorrow, and you are more productive than most. But ten years later somehow, you don’t quite know what problems are worth working on  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Mathematics is not merely an idle art form, it is an essential part of our society  (Richard Hamming Quotes) There are wavelengths that people cannot see, there are sounds that people cannot hear, and maybe computers have thoughts that people cannot think  (Richard Hamming Quotes) It is better to do the right problem the wrong way than the wrong problem the right way  (Richard Hamming Quotes) I have tried, with little success, to get some of my friends to understand my amazement that the abstraction of integers for counting is both possible and useful. Is it not remarkable that 6 sheep plus 7 sheep makes 13 sheep; that 6 stones plus 7 stones make 13 stones? Is it not a miracle that the universe is so constructed that such a simple abstraction as a number is possible? To me this is one of the strongest examples of the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics. Indeed, I find it both strange and unexplainable  (Richard Hamming Quotes) You can tell other people all the alibis you want. I don’t mind. But to yourself try to be honest  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Most people like to believe something is or is not true. Great scientists tolerate ambiguity very well. They believe the theory enough to go ahead; they doubt it enough to notice the errors and faults so they can step forward and create the new replacement theory. If you believe too much you’ll never notice the flaws; if you doubt too much you won’t get started. It requires a lovely balance  (Richard Hamming Quotes) The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you’re doing  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Science is concerned with what is possible while engineering is concerned with choosing, from among the many possible ways, one that meets a number of often poorly stated economic and practical objectives  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Mathematics is an interesting intellectual sport but it should not be allowed to stand in the way of obtaining sensible information about physical processes  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Given two people with exactly the same ability, the one person who manages day in and day out to get in one more hour of thinking will be tremendously more productive over a lifetime  (Richard Hamming Quotes) Science is composed of laws which were originally based on a small, carefully selected set of observations, often not very accurately measured originally; but the laws have later been found to apply over much wider ranges of observations and much more accurately than the original data justified  (Richard Hamming Quotes) If the prior distribution, at which I am frankly guessing, has little or no effect on the result, then why bother; and if it has a large effect, then since I do not know what I am doing how would I dare act on the conclusions drawn?  (Richard Hamming Quotes)