Python advocacy in scientific computation

Terry Hancock hancock at
Sat Mar 4 22:09:11 CET 2006

On Sat, 4 Mar 2006 14:23:10 -0500
David Treadwell <i.failed.turing.test at> wrote:
> On Mar 4, 2006, at 5:55 AM, Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:
> > On Fri, 3 Mar 2006 22:05:19 -0500, David Treadwell
> > <i.failed.turing.test at> declaimed the following
> > in comp.lang.python:
> >> 3. I demand a general-purpose toolkit, not a
> >gold-plated screwdriver. >
> >
> > 	Would a gold-plated sonic screwdriver work? <G>
> > 	{Let's see how many
> > catch that reference}
> >
> Google makes this game too easy, but it's to Who you
> refer. How about   _this_ reference: "What we all need is
> a left-handed monkey wrench."   <grin>

You know, it just occured to me that you sent me on a quest
to get a "left-handed monkey wrench", and like a fool, I
went.  Of course, I found not one, but many...

In fact, this expression has so many echoes on the
web, it would be difficult to ascertain where it actually
came from (the derivation is obvious, of course, but who
first coined the expression?).

Terry Hancock (hancock at
Anansi Spaceworks

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