Wastebasket Quotes (2 quotes)
One of the biggest and most important tools of theoretical physics is the wastebasket.
The advantage is that mathematics is a field in which ones blunders tend to show very clearly and can be corrected or erased with a stroke of the pencil. It is a field which has often been compared with chess, but differs from the latter in that it is only ones best moments that count and not ones worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematicians reputation.