Monday, February 27th, 2017

 

Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction

In science, if you know what you are doing, you should not be doing it. In engineering, if you do not know what you are doing, you should not be doing it. Of course, you seldom, if ever, see either pure state.” —Richard Hamming, The Art of Doing Science and Engineering How can we design systems when we don’t know what we’re doing? The most exciting engineering challenges lie on the boundary of theory and the unknown. Not so unknown that they’re hopeless, but not enough theory to predict theRead More

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As We May Think

As We May Think VANNEVAR BUSH   JULY 1945 ISSUE   As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Dr. Vannevar Bush has coordinated the activities of some six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. In this significant article he holds up an incentive for scientists when the fighting has ceased. He urges that men of science should then turn to the massive task of making more accessible our bewildering store of knowledge. For years inventions have extended man’s physical powers rather thanRead More

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