William Wickenden

William Wickenden

The essence of modernity is that progress no longer waits on genius; instead we have learned to put our faith in the organized efforts of ordinary men. Science is as old as the race, but the effective organization of science is new. Ancient science, like placer mining, was a pursuit of solitary prospectors. Nuggets of truth were found, but the total wealth of knowledge increased slowly. Modern man began to transform this world when he began to mine the hidden veins of knowledge systematically.More William Wickenden quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Effective science began when it passed from the occasional amateur into the hands of men who made the winning of knowledge their special function or profession.More William Wickenden quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science began to be powerful when it began to be cumulative, when observers began to preserve detailed records, to organize cooperating groups in order to pool and criticize their experiences.More William Wickenden quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Organization is simply the means by which the acts of ordinary men can be made to add up to extraordinary results. To this idea of progress that does not wait on some lucky break, some chance discovery, or some rare stroke of genius, but instead is achieved through systematic, cumulative effort, the engineer has contributed brilliantly.More William Wickenden quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is this ideal of progress through cumulative effort rather than through genius—progress by organised effort, progress which does not wait for some brilliant stroke, some lucky discovery, or the advent of some superman, has been the chief gift of science to social philosophy.More William Wickenden quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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