If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
Source: Public Knowledge - Hal Abelson; also quoted in Vortex dynamics in thin films of amorphous Mo77Ge23, 1998, p. 6Abelson attributes this thought to his Princeton roommate Jeff Goll
Applicants must also have extensive knowledge of Unix, although they should have sufficiently good programming taste to not consider this an achievementHal AbelsonSource: anusf.anu.edu.au - MIT job advertisement
In the Middle Ages people built cathedrals, where the whole town would get together and make a thing that's greater than any individual person could do and the society would kind of revel in that. We don't do that as much anymore, but in a sense this is kind of like building a cathedral.Hal AbelsonSource: Auditing Classes at M.I.T. - New York Times Interview, pg. 1
"Universities are meant to pass the torch of civilization."Hal AbelsonSource: MIT's maverick view of intellectual property worth considering
"Giving it away helps defuse complex intellectual property issues of ownership and control that can distract the universities from their missions to disseminate knowledge." - commmenting on MIT's Open Courseware programHal AbelsonSource: MIT's maverick view of intellectual property worth considering
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