Friday, April 29, 2016

The upside of crazy ideas...

"It was not at all unusual in theoretical physics to spend a lot of time on a speculative notion that turns out to be wrong. I do it all the time. Having a lot of crazy ideas is the secret to my success. Some of them turned out to be right!"
Sheldon Glashow, Interactions, 1988, pg. 114

Monday, April 4, 2016

Terror, full agony of

"I was alarmed by so formidable a social occasion, but less alarmed than I had been a few months earlier when I was left tête-à-tête with Mr. Gladstone. ... As I was the only male in the household, he and I were left alone together at the dinner table after the ladies retired. He made only one remark: "This is a very good port they have given me, but why have they given me it in a claret glass?" I did not know the answer and wished the earth would swallow me up. Since then I have never again felt the full agony of terror."

Bertrand Russell, "Autobiography, Vol. 1"