Date: 2015-09-11
Categories: misc

Richard Hamming 1968 Turing Award lecture quote

Indeed, one of my major complaints about the computer field is that whereas Newton could say, "If I have seen a little farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants," I am forced to say, "Today we stand on each other's feet." Perhaps the central problem we face in all of computer science is how we are to get to the situation where we build on top of the work of others rather than redoing so much of it in a trivially different way. Science is supposed to be cumulative, not almost endless duplication of the same kind of things.

The amount of effort spent on software development is mind-blowing, but so too is the amount of wasted effort.


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