theory vs practise

in theory there is no difference between theory and practice

a theorist can derive the Lie algebra for the non-commuting differential operators that describe the two axle parallel parking problem, and derive the constraint equations that determine the smallest space that can be parallel parked in

an experimentalist can parallel park

in practice there is a difference between theory and practice

Comments

  1. #1 Scott H.
    December 20, 2007

    Something happen to your car, theorist??
    ;)

  2. #2 steph with a capital T
    December 20, 2007

    Oh my god, that is hilarious. Glorious, even. The little thrill I get when my mind jumps from one level of understanding to another gets me every time.

    Lovely, lovely, absolutely wonderful. post of the year. haha.

  3. #3 Philip N.
    December 20, 2007

    that was the most amazing post ever

  4. #4 Dave Briggs
    December 20, 2007

    in practice there is a difference between theory and practice

    On my blog I have a post titled, Abstract or concrete, which is more important? I think we need them both and they are both just as important. I love Albert Einstein for his theoretical work and also Thomas Edison for his practical work. Being able to sit here in the light, and discuss the theoretical is attributable to both of them! LOL!
    Very nice post. Thanks very much!
    Dave Briggs :~)

  5. #5 Eli Rabett
    December 26, 2007

    The way to express that thought is that in theory the experiment worked.

    We have a great deal of practice to back it up