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Machiavelli: we always think it was better before

“It is the common practice of Mankind, to commend the ancient, and condemn the present …” — Machiavelli (~1513, preface of Discourses on Livy II) I find this especially amusing because it was stated in the 1500’s.

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Milner on the science of the artificial

“Probably what [physicists] mean is: [computer science] can’t be a science because we are always making things. What are we doing science of? We are doing the science of our own constructions. But I think the boundary between understanding one’s … Continue reading

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Boltzmann says theory is practical

“Nothing is more practical than a good theory.” — Ludwig Boltzmann

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