Incurable Quotes (5 quotes)
All cell biologists are condemned to suffer an incurable secret sorrow: the size of the objects of their passion. But those of us enamored of the cell must resign ourselves to the perverse, lonely fascination of a human being for things invisible to the naked human eye.
The logic of the subject [algebra], which, both educationally and scientifically speaking, is the most important part of it, is wholly neglected. The whole training consists in example grinding. What should have been merely the help to attain the end has become the end itself. The result is that algebra, as we teach it, is neither an art nor a science, but an ill-digested farrago of rules, whose object is the solution of examination problems. The result, so far as problems worked in examinations go, is, after all, very miserable, as the reiterated complaints of examiners show; the effect on the examinee is a well-known enervation of mind, an almost incurable superficiality, which might be called Problematic Paralysisa disease which unfits a man to follow an argument extending beyond the length of a printed octavo page.
The only incurable diseases are those the doctors dont know how to cure.
The required techniques of effective reasoning are pretty formal, but as long as programming is done by people that dont master them, the software crisis will remain with us and will be considered an incurable disease. And you know what incurable diseases do: they invite the quacks and charlatans in, who in this case take the form of Software Engineering gurus.
True, no one can absolutely control the direction of his life; but each person can certainly influence it. The armchair explorers who complain that they never got their one lucky shot were never really infected by the incurable drive to explore. Those who have the buggo.