That’s why I tinker

Here’s an old quote that’s worth repeating from time to time:

People like me need to do things in order to understand. That’s why I build systems. That’s why I tinker. That’s why I read so much.
(Jim Gray, IEEE Distributed Systems Online 2004)

Short story: research is not about spending time in the library. Research is about tinkering.

Daniel Lemire, "That’s why I tinker," in Daniel Lemire's blog, September 19, 2005.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

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