Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Murray Gell-mann, in a TED video....

"In 1957 some of us put forward a partially complete theory of the weak force, in disagreement with the results of seven experiments. It was beautiful and we dared to publish it, believing that all those experiments must be wrong.

In fact, they were all wrong."

I love that in maths and physics truth and beauty are so frequently aligned, and that misalignment often indicates immature understanding. A new insight can reveal new beauty.

I think the same is true of programming. Your code should be at least as elegant as your problem domain (I can't do anything about accounting *s*).

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