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In forming your plan for your future you need to distinguish three different questions: What is possible? What is likely to happen? What is desirable to have happen? In a sense the first is science—what is possible. The second is engineering—what are human factors which choose the one future that does happen from the ensemble of all possible futures. The third is ethics, morals, or whatever other word you wish to apply to value judgments. It is important to examine all three questions, and insofar as the second differs from the third, you will probably have an idea of how to alter things to make the more desirable future occur, rather than let the inevitable happen and suffer the consequences.

Richard Hamming, The Art of Doing Science and Engineering

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Richard Hamming

Most great scientists know many important problems. They have something between ten and twenty important problems for which they are looking for an attack. And when they see a new idea come up, one hears them say “Well, that bears on this problem.” They drop all the other things and get after it…Now of course lots of times it doesn’t work out, but you don’t have to hit many of them to do some great science. It’s kind of easy. One of the chief tricks is to live a long time.

Richard Hamming, “You and Your Research”

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Richard Hamming

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…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.

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