Quote of the Day
Math is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.
— Source uncertain, often attributed to G. Pólya or P. Drábek (?).
I am stunned at the length of the product specifications I have to deal with today. Not many years ago, a laser driver specification might have 20 pages of text. Today, it is not unknown for a laser driver specification to go on for hundreds of pages. I really wish documents were shorter. I actually believe that the word processor has enabled people to write more with way too much ease.
It turns out this has been a problem for a long time. I recently saw a memo from Winston Churchill (Figure 1) on Quora about the need for brevity in communication. His message is timeless.
Your posting reminded me of one of my favorite quotes (ironically, rarely translated the same way): "I’m sorry I wrote you such a long letter; I didn’t have time to write a short one." - Blaise Pascal