Pearson Karl (1901) On lines and planes of closest fit to systems of points in space. Philosophical Magazine 2:559-572.
Quotes on Writing Skills
“Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be” Mark Twain (thanks to Alvis Brazma for replacing all my ‘very’s in our review together;-)
“I try to leave out the parts that people skip” Elmore Leonard
On the inevitability of change
“This dust will not settle in our time. And when it does some great roaring machines will come and whirl it all skybigh again” from Mrs Rooney in All That Fall, a play by Samuel Beckett (During my undergrad I would sneak off the library to read Beckett!!)
“In 1894, the Times of London estimated that by 1950 every street in the city would be buried nine feet deep in horse manure. One New York prognosticator of the 1890s concluded that by 1930 the horse droppings would rise to Manhattan’s third-story windows. A public health and sanitation crisis of almost unimaginable dimensions loomed.” from Horse Dung to Horse Power