Archive for February 1st, 2011

Growth is relentless.  So a constant trend towards more and more specialization is inevitable.  Scientists have to concentrate on a small part of the world’s knowledge if they want to have any hope of continuing to advance it.
There might be some light on the horizon, however.  I predict that in the not too distant future, people in academic life are going to define themselves not by one specialty area, but by two sub-specialities that belong to two rather different main specialities.  This means that we’ll have a web of interests, in which each person will serve as a bridge between different parts of the overall structure.
    —    Donald E. Knuth
From his book:  “Things A Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

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