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Re: Who said that?

[Michael Vanier <mvanier@cs.caltech.edu>]
> If you've implemented it you still may not understand it.  But if you
> *haven't* implemented it there's almost no chance that you understand it.
> So implementation is necessary, but not always sufficient.
> It reminds me of a joke/story I heard about two research groups, one
> American and one French.  The American group had solved a practical
> problem.  The French group looked at their solution and said "very nice,
> but will it work in theory?"

This reminds me of one of *my* favorite quotes, although I don't have
a source for it either: "In theory, there's no difference between
theory and practice, but in practice, there is."


Matt Hellige                  matt@immute.net