His father was a plumber in Glasgow. He is one of the best geotechnical engineers I have been privileged to work with.
Here is what he emphasized to me many times as I sought to go to the field to collect data:
Old men collect data to prove what they know; young men collect data to find out what they do not know.
Today, somebody sent me this insight:
If an old scientist says something will work they are usually right, if they say it will not work they are usually wrong.
I cogitate on these two statements. Like all simple statements they are insightful, maybe correct, and probably wrong.
As a late Friday posting, I offer these two ideas for cogitation over the weekend.