Paul's Retirement

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Greetings from the United Kingdom

By David Smith

Dear Paul
As far as I know we have never met face to face. But I fancy that if we did, there would be a great deal we would have in common. Since I started blogging, there have been several people making comments about my observations about OR/MS as seen from the UK. And you, Paul, have always been on the ball, with observations and wit. They have come from someone who has enjoyed doing OR/MS and has enjoyed teaching the subject, and sharing enthusiasm for the subject. I hope that retirement doesn’t stop your enthusiasm for thinking about the world around you with a mind that has been trained in our discipline.
One of my favourite quotations runs as follows: “Little children are always asking the question ‘Why?’. Education tries to stop such questions. Education has its failures. The results are called scientists.” I suspect that OR/MS people are disastrous failures, because they ask “Why?” and “How?” and “What happens if?”
Enjoy your retirement!
David Smith (ORin Devon)

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One comment on “Greetings from the United Kingdom

  1. prubin73
    May 16, 2012

    David: Thanks for both the sentiment and the wonderful quote. One of my ambitions for retirement is to spend more time being a student and poking at things mathematical, not so much because an answer is needed forthwith, but more just to understand what the answer is and why.

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