Monday, September 21, 2009

"You and Your Research" - 1986 Speech by Dr. Richard W. Hamming

A BIG thanks to my friend Miguel at Simoleon Sense for finding this and passing it along. I think it was one of the best and most useful speeches I’ve read. It also reminded me of this quote from Charles Darwin:
"I have been speculating...what makes a man a discoverer of undiscovered things, and a most perplexing problem it is. Many men who are very clever, -- much cleverer than the discoverers -- never originate anything. As far as I can conjecture, the art consists in habitually searching for the causes and meaning of everything which occurs. This implies sharp observation and requires as much knowledge as possible of the subject investigated." -Charles Darwin
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