Programming Habits in Python

Tres Seaver tseaver at
Mon Dec 11 00:40:44 CET 2000

In article <slrn937caf.h4.amk at>,
A.M. Kuchling <akuchlin at> wrote:

>In the back of my mind I had a quotation, which I cannot track down on
>the Web.  The Principia uses geometrical methods throughout, even
>where analytical methods would have been much simpler, and someone
>(Halley, perhaps) said that reading the Principia was like walking
>through an arsenal of giant weapons of a past age, and that one is
>amazed that anyone could wield them at all.

I don't think it could be Halley;  he was actively involved (as the
then secretary of the Royal Society) in getting the Principia published.
It sounds a bit like an analogy my memory wants to attribute to
Bertrand Russell:  "the amazing thing about a waltzing bear is not
how well he waltzes, but that he waltzes at all."
Tres Seaver                                tseaver at
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