Frases de Richard Hamming

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Richard Hamming

Fecha de nacimiento: 11. Febrero 1915
Fecha de muerte: 7. Enero 1998

Richard Wesley Hamming fue un matemático estadounidense que trabajó en temas relacionados con la informática y las telecomunicaciones. Sus principales contribuciones a la ciencia han sido el código Hamming, la ventana Hamming y la distancia Hamming. Wikipedia

Frases Richard Hamming

„Los postulados de las matemáticas no estaban en las tablas de piedra que Moisés trajo del Monte Sinaí.“

—  Richard Hamming

Fuente: The American Mathematical Monthly, 87 (2), febrero de 1980, pág. 81-90

„Cuando eres famoso es difícil trabajar en los problemas pequeños.“

—  Richard Hamming

Fuente: «Al dar su discurso de recepción del premio Nobel de Física en 1956, Brattain, casi con lágrimas en los ojos, dijo: "Conozco ese efecto del Premio Nobel y yo no voy a dejar que me afecte, yo voy a seguir siendo el viejo Walter Brattain". Bueno, me dije a mi mismo, "Eso está bien". Pero en un par de semanas vi que le estaba afectando. Ahora sólo podía trabajar en grandes problemas. Cuando eres famoso es difícil trabajar en los problemas pequeños».

„La verdadera grandeza es cuando tu nombre es como ampère (amperio), watt (vatio) o fourier -cuando se escribe en letras minúsculas.“

—  Richard Hamming

Existen tres unidades de medida en honor de estos tres científicos.
Fuente: Richard Hamming You and Your Research, Bell Communications Research Colloquium Seminar, 7 de marzo de 1986.

„El propósito de la computación es la comprensión, no los números.“

—  Richard Hamming

Fuente: Richard Hamming (1962): Métodos Numéricos para Científicos e Ingenieros. Prefacio

„Education is what, when, and why to do things. Training is how to do it. Either one without the other is not of much use.“

—  Richard Hamming

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn (1991)
Contexto: I am concerned with educating and not training you.... Education is what, when, and why to do things. Training is how to do it. Either one without the other is not of much use. You might think education should precede training, but the kind of educating I am trying to do must be based on your past experiences and technical knowledge.<!-- Preface

„This text is organized in the "spiral" for learning. A topic… is returned to again and again“

—  Richard Hamming

Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics (1985)
Contexto: This text is organized in the "spiral" for learning. A topic... is returned to again and again, each time higher up in the spiral. The first time around you may not be completely sure of what is going on, but on the repeated returns to the topic it should gradually become clear. This is necessary when the ideas are not simple but require a depth of understanding...

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„If you believe too much you'll never notice the flaws; if you doubt too much you won't get started. It requires a lovely balance.“

—  Richard Hamming

You and Your Research (1986)
Contexto: Most people like to believe something is or is not true. Great scientists tolerate ambiguity very well. They believe the theory enough to go ahead; they doubt it enough to notice the errors and faults so they can step forward and create the new replacement theory. If you believe too much you'll never notice the flaws; if you doubt too much you won't get started. It requires a lovely balance.

„There is no unique, correct answer in most cases. It is a matter of taste“

—  Richard Hamming

Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics (1985)
Contexto: There is no unique, correct answer in most cases. It is a matter of taste, depending on the circumstances... and the particular age you live in.... Gradually, you will develop your own taste, and along the way you may occasionally recognize that your taste may be the best one! It is the same as an art course.

„Until we understand languages of communication involving humans as they are then it is unlikely many of our software problems will vanish.“

—  Richard Hamming

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn (1991)
Contexto: The fundamentals of language are not understood to this day.... Until we understand languages of communication involving humans as they are then it is unlikely many of our software problems will vanish.

„The newer aspects of many fields start with the admission of uncertainty.“

—  Richard Hamming

Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics (1985)
Contexto: Probability plays a central role in many fields, from quantum mechanics to information theory, and even older fields use probability now that the presence of "noise" is officially admitted. The newer aspects of many fields start with the admission of uncertainty.

„The idea that theorems follow from the postulates does not correspond to simple observation.“

—  Richard Hamming

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics (1980)
Contexto: The idea that theorems follow from the postulates does not correspond to simple observation. If the Pythagorean theorem were found to not follow from the postulates, we would again search for a way to alter the postulates until it was true. Euclid's postulates came from the Pythagorean theorem, not the other way around.

„Only when field maintenance is part of the original design can it be safely controlled“

—  Richard Hamming

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn (1991)
Contexto: The more complex the designed system the more field maintenance must be central to the final design. Only when field maintenance is part of the original design can it be safely controlled... This applies to both mechanical things and to human organizations.

„No vision, not much of a future.“

—  Richard Hamming

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn (1991)
Contexto: In a lifetime of many, many independent choices, small and large, a career with a vision will get you a distance proportional to n, while no vision will get you only the distance √n.... the accuracy of the vision matters less than you suppose, getting anywhere is better than drifting, there are potentially many paths to greatness for you... No vision, not much of a future.

„Science is supposed to be cumulative, not almost endless duplication of the same kind of things.“

—  Richard Hamming

One Man's View of Computer Science (1969)
Contexto: 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.

„There is simply too much known to continue the older approach of giving detailed results.“

—  Richard Hamming

Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics (1985)
Contexto: We intend to teach the doing of mathematics. The applications of these methods produce the results of mathematics (which usually is only what is taught)... There is also a deliberate policy to force you to think abstractly... it is only through abstraction that any reasonable amount of useful mathematics can be covered. There is simply too much known to continue the older approach of giving detailed results.

„They are learned by the constant use of the language and cannot be taught in any other fashion.“

—  Richard Hamming

Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics (1985)
Contexto: Mathematics, being very different from the natural languages, has its corresponding patterns of thought. Learning these patterns is much more important than any particular result... They are learned by the constant use of the language and cannot be taught in any other fashion.

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