If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?
Our friends up north (Microsoft) spend over five billion dollars on research and development and all they seem to do is copy Google and Apple.
WWDC, August 2006.
The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.
Wonder and Skepticism
Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.
Science shines forth in all its value as a good capable of motivating our existence, as a great experience of freedom for truth, as a fundamental work of service. Through research each scientist grows as a human being and helps others to do likewise.
Pope John Paul II
Address to the members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (2000-11-13).
The scientists' research is also based on the idea of an open and self-correcting process. It has proved to be the most successful way of creating scientific knowledge.
The Hacker Ethic
The World As I See It
Out of My Later Years
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Long Walk to Freedom
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