[Ads-l] Eureka/ That's odd (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Tue Aug 25 16:36:04 UTC 2015


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The most exciting phrase to hear in science is "The grant has been approved."

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> There's a quote widely attributed to Isaac Asimov:
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> The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new = discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ."
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> There's currently about 48,000 hits on Google with this attribution, but = no source cited.=20
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> A discussion of the phrase on the Quote Investigator website.
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> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/03/02/eureka-funny/#more-10726
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> I have found a somewhat similar quote from 1965. I can't tell from the = snippet view who the author is, though.
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> http://tinyurl.com/njle8k8
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> ... the popular picture of the scientist is of a man who is visited by a = flash of insight and cries, in effect, "Eureka!" Or, more modestly, as a
> = man who notices something others have ignored and mutters "That's odd."  = [cartoon] To be realistic, however, the successful scientist
> often = seizes on ...=20
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> From the fragment it appears that the author is disputing the notion.=20
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