From: derek gatherer (email@example.com)
Date: Tue 10 Feb 2004 - 10:14:02 GMT
Dirac, Paul 1902–84
British theoretical physicist, of Swiss descent
1. I think it is a general rule that the originator of
a new idea is not the most suitable person to develop
it, because his fears of something going wrong are
really too strong.
[The Development of Quantum Theory (1971)]
How to cite this entry:
"Dirac, Paul" The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2002. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.
--- Keith Henson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > At
02:41 PM 09/02/04 +0000, derek wrote:
> >I came across the following title in the library -
> >think this may be the earliest use of the
> >metaphor' to describe the spread of ideas.
> >"A plea for the Protestant faith; or, an antidote
> >against the infectious contagion of antichristian
> >darkness; vended by Mr. Alexander Pirie ...in which
> >the morality of national covenants is asserted ...
> >by a member of the Associate Session at
> >published in Glasgow in 1771
> Another statement encapsulating the meme about memes
> is "Ideas have a life
> of their own." I have referred to this is "an
> age-old saying," but now
> that I look around, it might not be. There are
> about a hundred places
> where Google finds it on the web, and 65 on Google
> However, I could find no attributions or even dated
> sources, and it does
> not show up in any of quotations sites I looked at.
> The first use on
> Usenet is in 1992--leaving open the unsettling
> possibility that I coined
> the phrase in the _Whole Earth Review_ version of my
> 1987 _Analog_
> article. (Or that the editor slipped it in as part
> of a new third paragraph?)
> It *sounds* like it should be an age-old saying.
> A few years ago I was involved in tracking down the
> origin of the "Ancient
> Chinese curse," "May you live in interesting times."
> Dr. DeLong (a Professor at SUNY-Albany) did a huge
> detective job looking
> for the origin of the saying after Chinese scholars
> said "It isn't
> ours." Because I was aware of his search, I
> incidentally spotted what is
> probably the origin of the saying (Eric Frank
> Russell, 1950) and sent it
> off to him.
> If anyone can locate a source for "Ideas have a life
> of their own" earlier
> than 1987, I would sure appreciate hearing about it.
> Keith Henson
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