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Don't spare us the details

“Theory is when you understand everything, but nothing works. Practice is when everything works, but no one understands why. In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and nobody knows why.” – On a lab door at MIT

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It is a constant amazement to me in these rapidly changing times that not only is the once unthinkable, now very thinkable, but once thunk, we don’t seem surprised.