Serendipity. How trained minds recognize that something is different and, in so doing, solve a problem. Yes, I know that is not the definition you will find in a dictionary, which claims it means: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Except the concept of serendipity universally occurs in science and technology, and my definition describes how it happens.
One of the things I learned at MIT was how universities can increase their ability to provide scholarships and maintain their educational excellence. It wasn’t from the conventional academic process. No, these funds didn’t come from government grants for research. Because even back then, there wasn’t much (or any) excess in the funding that was provided by NIH, DOD, NSF, and the variety of alphabet agencies that support our educational research programs.
I really hate sounding like Chicken Little. But, given the intellectual and economic prowess of our Congress (that’s both the House and the Senate), I really have no choice. (Anyone else recognize the stupidity of bringing snowballs onto the floor to lambaste those who understand the import of global climate change?)
Moore’s Law. 50 years old. It’s showing its age.
Sure, Murphy’s Law is the law better known to the younger (and older) set today. (That law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.)
Stubborn. Determined. Disciplined. Persistent. All of these words say the same thing- even if some of them evoke negative connotations. And, the personality characteristics that underlie these words are critical to bring about change. (We also need to know when and if we need to stop being persistent- sometimes it is time to stop.)