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Gordon Lindsay Glegg
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Scottish mechanical engineer.

Science Quotes by Gordon Lindsay Glegg (6 quotes)


A scientist can discover a new star but he cannot make one. He would have to ask an engineer to do it for him.
— Gordon Lindsay Glegg
The Design of Design (1969), 1
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A scientist may exhaust himself; he frequently exhausts his colleagues, always exhausts his money, but never exhausts his subject.
— Gordon Lindsay Glegg
In The Development of Design (1981), 1.
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Most people regard scientists as explorers … Imagine a handful of people shipwrecked on a strange island and setting out to explore it. One of them cuts a solitary path through the jungle, going on and on until he is exhausted or lost or both. He eventually returns to his companions, and they listen to him with goggling eyes as he describes what he saw; what he fell into, and what bit him. After a rest he demands more supplies and sets off again to explore the unknown. Many of his companions will be doing the same, each choosing his own direction and pursuing his pioneering path.
— Gordon Lindsay Glegg
In The Development of Design (1981), 1.
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The engineer is concerned to travel from the abstract to the concrete. He begins with an idea and ends with an object. He journeys from theory to practice. The scientist’s job is the precise opposite. He explores nature with his telescopes or microscopes, or much more sophisticated techniques, and feeds into a computer what he finds or sees in an attempt to define mathematically its significance and relationships. He travels from the real to the symbolic, from the concrete to the abstract. The scientist and the engineer are the mirror image of each other.
— Gordon Lindsay Glegg
In The Development of Design (1981), 19-20.
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The scientist discovers a new type of material or energy and the engineer discovers a new use for it.
— Gordon Lindsay Glegg
The Development of Design (1981), 19.
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[Scientists are explorers.] Spoke-like, their trails into the unknown leave the little hub of common knowledge far behind and their fellow explorers further and further out of touch.
— Gordon Lindsay Glegg
The Development of Design (1981), 1.
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