[Ads-l] Request help tracing Poul Anderson quotation

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 15 18:13:29 UTC 2015


The presence of the Poul Anderson quotation in "Astounding Science
Fiction" has been verified by the knowledgeable and helpful Wombat
Dennis Lien.

Further information about the "New Scientist" article has not been
received at this time. Google Books does have a large number of "New
Scientist" issues in full view, but it does not appear to have the
target issue.

I plan to write an entry on this topic soon

Thanks, Garson

On Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 5:17 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Poster:       ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Request help tracing Poul Anderson quotation
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> A humorous quotation about complexity has been attributed to the
> prominent science fiction author Poul Anderson, and I was sent a
> request to investigate its provenance. Maybe an SF enthusiast or
> someone with access to "New Scientist" issues in 1969 can help.
>
> Some important reference works, e.g., YBQ, listed the following
> version:
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you
> looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
> [End excerpt]

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