TITLE: Think Big! AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: July 15, 2005 4:41 PM DESC: A couple of links for the end of the week. ----- BODY: A couple of quotes about thinking big -- one serious, and one just perfect for the end of a Friday: Think Global, Act Local Grady Booch writes about the much-talked-about 125 hard questions that science faces, posed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science on the occasion of its 125th anniversary:
Science advances daily through the cumulative efforts of millions of individuals who investigate the edges of existing knowledge, but these sort of questions help direct the global trajectory of all that local work.
At the end of his entry, Grady asks a great question: What are the grand challenges facing us in computer science and software development, the equivalent of Hilbert's problems in mathematics? When Is Enough Enough? Elizabeth Keogh writes about reality for many readers:
If you think you're going to finish reading all those books you bought, you need more books.
I'm a book borrower more than a book buyer, but if I substitute "borrowed" for "bought", this quote fits me. Every time I read a book, I seem to check out three more from the library. I recently finished Glenway Wescott's "The Pilgrim Hawk", and I'm about to finish James Surowiecki's "The Wisdom of Crowds". Next up: Leoneard Koren's "13 Books". (I'm a slow reader and can't keep up with all the recommendations I receive from friends and colleagues and blogs and ...!) -----