A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.
— Disturbing the Universe
— Freeman Dyson
handrake 2 days ago | link | parent
I think MS was pretty much the same way until very recent. Maybe companies really start making money when they stop being innovative.
— Amazon Has the Most Generous Shareholders in the World
— Hacker News
The difference between design and research seems to be a question of new versus good. Design doesn’t have to be new, but it has to be good. Research doesn’t have to be good, but it has to be new.
I think these two paths converge at the top: the best design surpasses its predecessors by using new ideas, and the best research solves problems that are not only new, but actually worth solving. So ultimately we’re aiming for the same destination, just approaching it from different directions.
— Paul Graham
2012.12.17 Monday ACHK