... But if we laugh with
derision we will never understand. Human intellectual capacity
has not altered for thousands of years so far as we can tell. If
invested intense energy in issues that now seem foolish to us then the
failure lies in our
understanding of their world not in their distorted perceptions. Even
the standard example
of ancient nonsense -- the debate about angels on pinheads -- makes
sense once you realize
that theologians were not discussing whether five or eighteen would fit
but whether a pin
could house a finite or an infinite number.
-- S. J. Gould "Wide Hats and Narrow Minds"
Don't go around saying
the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was
-- Mark Twain
The primary purpose of
the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of
referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance the variable
PI can be given that
value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the
constant. This also
simplifies modifying the program should the value of pi change.
-- FORTRAN manual for Xerox Computers
|Q:||How many IBM types does it take to change a light bulb?|
|A:||100. Ten to do it and 90 to write document number GC7500439-0001 Multitasking Incandescent Source System Facility of which 10% of the pages state only "This page intentionally left blank" and 20% of the definitions are of the form "A ...... consists of sequences of non-blank characters separated by blanks".|
On a paper submitted by
a physicist colleague: "This isn't right. This isn't even
-- Wolfgang Pauli
Preudhomme's Law of Window Cleaning: It's on the other side.