Scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that never has been.

— Theodore von Karman

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I came to realize that exaggerated concern about what others are doing can be foolish. It can paralyze effort, and stifle a good idea. One finds that in the history of science, almost every problem has been worked out by someone else. This should not discourage anyone from pursuing his own path.

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Everyone knows it takes a woman nine months to have a baby.

But you Americans think if you get nine women pregnant, you can have a baby in a month.

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I am quite pessimistic about ever achieving interstellar travel.

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This speaker reminds me of my childhood in Budapest.

There were gypsy magicians who came to town to entertain us children. But as I recollect, there was one important difference: the gypsy only seemed to violate the laws of nature, he never really violated them!

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Some fear flutter because they do not understand it. And some fear it because they do.

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A scientist describes what is. An engineer creates what never was.

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Science is the study of what Is, Engineering builds what Will Be.

The scientist merely explores that which exists, while the engineer creates what has never existed before.

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