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November 14, 2008, 10:42

For me the crux of this is that our brains are too small to really grok much of anything so extreme elegance is our only path to success.

@Evan: Good point; Dijkstra was very aware of the "limited size of our skull" too, that's why he proposed mathematical rigour (and elegance!) as the only path to deal effectively with complex software creation. More on this on his Turing Award speech:

http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/ewd03xx/EWD340.PDF
http://tinyurl.com/yqr64u (HTML version)

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