2004 : WHAT'S YOUR LAW?

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Physicist, Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms; Author, FAB
Gershenfeld's Law on Research

Experiments take pi times longer than planned (no matter how many factors of pi you account for).

Gershenfeld's Law on Writing

Good [theses, papers, books] are never finished, just abandoned.

Gershenfeld's Goal

Function from form.

"Form follows function" implies that they're separable; the most profound scientific and technological insights that I know follow from abstracting logical functions from physical forms.