Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Motto for REF

Einstein Last night, following a backchannel conversation, I posted my new academic motto on Twitter and Google+:
If it's not worth measuring it's not worth doing.

This provoked some discussion, during which Rakesh pointed out to me that Einstein allegedly said:
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

Einstein. What did he know? Hardly a good role model for the REF.

1 comment:

  1. Related, a quote from this month's Racecar Engineering, in commentary by Paul Weighell: "Whitworth's core concept was accuracy in measurement, which is what we would term today 'enabling' technology. ... It is, I believe, still a general rule that technology advances by first improving standards of measurement and accuracy."