The books are just inspiration.
I’ve selected the quotes from the people featured in these books that resonated the most with me right now.
Based on these quotes, I’ve complied a few questions you may wish to talk about – with yourself or with others or maybe even with me (let me know).
Reflection. (Serious thought or consideration.)
Retrospection. (The action of looking back on or reviewing past events or situations, especially those in one’s own life.)
Introspection. (The examination or observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes.)
Prospection. (The action of looking forward mentally; anticipation; consideration of the future; foresight, planning; an instance of this.)
Stephen Hawking says…
He’s the guy who wasn’t supposed to live longer than three years after being diagnosed with ALS but went on to not only live, but contribute to his field in great ways. Among other things he figured out Black Holes, provided a theory of how our universe came into existance and became somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon as well. Hats off to the man!
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.
If you believe in science, like I do, you believe that there are certain laws that are always obeyed.
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.
The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years.
We should seek the greatest value of our action.
Alan Turing says…
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Turing test. Yes, that’s named after him as he is considered by most as the father of AI. Another famous achievement was cracking the Enigma code to help out in WWII. No small feat given what was at stake and that every minute he didn’t know how others were dying. It’s on!
Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.
If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent.
The isolated man does not develop any intellectual power. It is necessary for him to be immersed in an environment of other men, whose techniques he absorbs during the first twenty years of his life. He may then perhaps do a little research of his own and make a very few discoveries which are passed on to other men. From this point of view the search for new techniques must be regarded as carried out by the human community as a whole, rather than by individuals.
We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
Codes are a puzzle. A game, just like any other game.
Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.
Richard Feynman says…
Feynman’s work was honoured with a Novel Prize, this should give you an idea how important his contribution was. I’m no phycisist, so I’m having trouble understanding what much of it means. I’m more than fascinated though by his double-slit experiment to demonstrate the wave-particle duality.
Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another.
It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.
I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
First figure out why you want the students to learn the subject and what you want them to know, and the method will result more or less by common sense.
The thing that doesn’t fit is the thing that’s the most interesting: the part that doesn’t go according to what you expected.