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Re: PG: Hackers and Painters
"Neil W. Van Dyke" wrote:
> I'm in favor of reinvention -- sometimes we just have to go through
> the exercise of invention to understand something well, even if it's
> already been done by someone else.
I recall hearing about a junior high physics class that, instead of
learning formulas out of a textbook, the class was designed so that
the students did experiments and "discovered" physical properties
and formulas on their own. Granted, they might not have discovered
them 100% perfect, and they may not have learned as many as those
they studied the book, but for what they did learn, I would imagine
that they REALLY learned it.
Reinvention isn't always best in business, because we have to get
our jobs done, often quickly. But I think it's wonderful for