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Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #20

Notable Tech Quotes - RF CafeThe number of statements uttered verbally and/or in print is uncountable. Some are more noteworthy than others either because of sheer brilliance, good humor, or utter inanity. We all hope our own remembered words, if any, fall into one of the first two categories rather than the third. I do a lot of reading and find many notable quotes to use that fit the theme of RF Cafe; they fall into all three categories. I always try to verify quotes from original sources or at least from printed books like The Experts Speak, of which I own a hard copy. Enjoy.

Notable Tech Quote Archive

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  • "...the rising incidence of autism ...may stem from to marry other engineers ..." - Simon Baron-Cohen, IEEE Spectrum
  • "Making noise [racking your shotgun] will not likely stop an attacker. Lead will." - Guns & Patriots, re home intruders
  • "If it's been a week or two and I tell you 'I don't have an update yet,' that often means there's a better candidate we’re talking to, but we can't tell you that in case they decide not to take the job." – Recruiting consultant Rich DeMatteo, Philadelphia, PA
  • "The problem with the world is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?" - Anon
  • "As with Las Vegas, what happens in a black hole stays in a black hole." - Steve Nadis (June 2011 Discover)
  • "Privacy is no longer a social norm." - Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, (Big Brother agrees wholeheartedly)
  • "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." - Nobel Laureate Szent-Gyorgyi
  • "It's really strange when you're an inventor and your whole destiny hangs on a judge's decision" - Raymond Damadian, medical MRI inventor re loss to J&J patent infringement case
  • "To the quantum physicist, classical physics is a black-and-white image of a Technicolor world" - Vlatko Vedral, Jun 20011 SciAm
  • "How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?" - Linda Ellerbee re wearing of neckties
  • "All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move." - Benjamin Franklin
  • "Compared to coal, it is still safer in terms of people killed per kilowatt hour." - Bill Gates on nuclear energy
  • "There is no Planet B. We all live downwind." Dan Jaffe, Made in China: Our Toxic, Imported Air Pollution, Apr 2011 Discover
  • "A theory that predicts everything predicts nothing." - Paul Steinhardt, Princeton physicist
  • "Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not specify that a witness at trial must be a human." - Robert Ambrogi, Esq., re IBM's Watson as an expert witness
  • "I know a lot more about you when you walk in the door than you realize. I’ll search for you on the web and often use my own personal network to do a pre-interview reference check." – Senior HR Executive in NYC
  • "From Chip to Whip" - Linx Technologies' antenna sales pitch
  • "Goodbye... Mr. Smith." - Valery Tokarev, ISS cosmonaut as he launched SuitSat-1 into orbit
  • "Building a Heathkit was the electronics equivalent of painting a Rembrandt by the numbers." - Robert W. Lucky, IEEE Spectrum
  • "These results, alone, are like geeks at the prom: they need dates!" - JPS & CLM, geological researchers, re lake bottom sediment samples, SciAm
  • "Radio has no future." - Lord Kelvin, 1897
  • "Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving it to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we'd call it theft. " - Walter E. Williams, PhD. in economics
  • "Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value." - Boston Post editorial, 1865
  • "[Senator Robert Taft contracted cancer and died due to] a radium tube planted in the upholstery of his Senate seat." - Robert Welch, John Birch Society founder
  • "Would the unit of time equal to 30,589 Earth days (orbital period of the 7th planet) be called the Uranushertz?" - Kirt Blattenberger,

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