"Explanations exist: they have existed for all times,|
for there is always an easy solution to every problem -
neat, plausible, and wrong."
- H. L. Mencken, "The Divine Afflatus", New York Evening Mail, 1917.
"Far better an approximate answer to the right question,
which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question,
which can always be made precise."
- J. W. Tukey, "The future of data analysis", Annals of Mathematical Statistics 33(1), 1962, 1–67.
Aaron D. Ward, Ph.D.
Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Cancer Imaging
"...the startling truth became finally apparent, and it was this:|
Numbers written on restaurant checks within the confines of restaurants
do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other
pieces of paper in any other parts of the universe. This single statement
took the scientific world by storm. It completely revolutionized it...
Slowly, however, the implications of the idea began to be understood.
To begin with it had been too stark, too crazy, too much like what the man
in the street would have said 'Oh yes, I could have told you that.'
Then some phrases like 'Interactive Subjectivity Frameworks' were invented,
and everybody was able to relax and get on with it."
- D. Adams, "Life, the Universe, and Everything", 1982.