James Gleick Quotes
Born: August 1, 1954
It is not true that people who accomplish things don't waste time and that people who waste time don't accomplish things. The very concept is ill-informed. You can't waste time and you can't save time, you can only choose what you do at any given moment.
Intuition was not just visual but also auditory and kinesthetic. Those who watched Feynman in moments of intense concentration came away with a strong, even disturbing sense of the physicality of the process, as though his brain did not stop with the grey matter but extended through every muscle in his body.
The basic idea of Western science is that you don't have to take into account the falling of a leaf on some planet in another galaxy when you're trying to account for the motion of a billiard ball on a pool table on earth. Very small influences can be neglected. There's a convergence in the way things work, and arbitrarily small influences don't blow up to have arbitrarily large effects.
Children and scientists share an outlook on life. If I do this, what will happen? is both the motto of the child at play and the defining refrain of the physical scientist. ... The unfamiliar and the strange - these are the domain of all children and scientists.
Running for president is the new selfie.
The alternative to doubt is authority, against which science had fought for centuries.
He believed in the primacy of doubt, not as a blemish upon our ability to know, but as the essence of knowing.
I can't remember the last book that taught me so much, and so well, about what it means to be human.
One of the ways the telegraph changed us as humans was it gave us a new sense of what time it is. It gave us an understanding of simultaneity. It gave us the ability to synchronize clocks from one place to another. It made it possible for the world to have standard time and time zones and then Daylight Savings Time and then after that jetlag. All of that is due to the telegraph because, before that, the time was whatever it was wherever you were.
In the mind's eye, a fractal is a way of seeing infinity.
It is significant that one says book lover and music lover and art lover but not record lover or CD lover or, conversely, text lover.
We say that time passes, time goes by, and time flows. Those are metaphors. We also think of time as a medium in which we exist.
Time Goes By
We choose mania over boredom every time.
Google is where we go for answers. People used to go elsewhere or, more likely, stagger along not knowing.
At its most fundamental, information is a binary choice. In other words, a single bit of information is one yes-or-no choice.
In Other Words
As soon as the printing press started flooding Europe with books, people were complaining that there were too many books and that it was going to change philosophy and the course of human thought in ways that wouldnt necessarily be good.
The Internet has taken shape with startlingly little planning? The most universal and indispensable network on the planet somehow burgeoned without so muchasa boardofdirectors, never minda mergers-and- acquisitions department. There is a paradoxical lesson here for strategists. In economic terms, the great corporations are acting like socialist planners, while old- fashioned free-market capitalism blossoms at their feet.
To some physicists chaos is a science of process rather than state, of becoming rather than being.
Life sucks order from a sea of disorder.
The microwave oven is one of the modern objects that convey the most elemental feeling of power over the passing seconds ... If you suffer from hurry sickness in its most advanced stages, you may find yourself punching 88 seconds instead of 90 because it is faster to tap the same digit twice.