Quotes for the New Year

R.A. Fisher is the guest of honor to bring in the New Year:

The tendency of modern scientific teaching is to neglect the great books, to lay far too much stress upon relatively unimportant modern work, and to present masses of detail of doubtful truth and questionable weight in such a way as to obscure principles. ::: R.A. Fisher

and

The History of Science has suffered greatly from the use by teachers of second-hand material, and the consequent obliteration of the circumstances and the intellectual atmosphere in which the great discoveries of the past were made. A first-hand study is always instructive, and often … full of surprises. ::: R.A. Fisher

Instead of looking forward to the new year, I am going to make sure to spend some time understanding ideas from old years. I do not think I did enough of that in graduate school

These are from Vince Buffalo’s page of quotes.

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