Gell-Mann quotes

Just came across two quotes attributed to physicist Murray Gell-Mann:

  • If I have seen farther than others, it is because I am surrounded by dwarves.
  • [On the Feynman Problem-Solving Algorithm]
    1. Write down the problem.
    2. Think very hard.
    3. Write down the answer.

(In case you're unfamiliar with the original of that first bit, the line is a parody of a line from Newton.)

2 Responses to “Gell-Mann quotes”

  1. jere7my

    My favorite variation, with which you’re probably familiar, is attributed to MIT prof Hal Abelson: “If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.”

  2. Jed

    🙂 🙂 I don’t think I had heard that one either—very nice. Made me laugh—thanks for posting it!


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