Research

Bachrach, Arthur J.

...people don't usually do research the way people who write books about research say that people do research.

Psychological Research Introduction (pp. 19-20)

Bush, Vannevar

In these circumstances it is not at all strange that the workers sometimes proceed in erratic ways. There are those who are quite content, given a few tools, to dig away, unearthing odd blocks, piling them up in the view of fellow workers and apparently not caring whether they fit anywhere or not...Some groups do not dig at all, but spend all their time arguing as to the exact arrangement of a cornice or an abutment. Some spend all their days trying to pull down a block or two that a rival has put in place. Some, indeed, neither dig nor argue, but go along with the crowd, scratch here and there, and enjoy the scenery. Some sit by and give advice, and some just sit.

Endless Horizons Chapter 17 (p. 180)

Veblen, Thorstein

...the outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

The Place of Science in Modern Civilization and Other Essays The Evolution of the Scientific Point of View (p. 33)

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