Read once a day !
(works better with vitamins)
We strive to generate useful applications of
computational tools and theory to genomics, molecular engineering,
medicine and fundamental understanding of biological systems ...........
We would like to reverse-engineer biological cells but since we don't have the source code so we often work with probabilistic models
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." (Albert Einstein)
We often build algorithms and systems and work jointly with biologists applying the computational analysis pipelines to data
but what if the initial models are really misguided....
" The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. " (Linux Pauling)
While doing all of this we try to remember that :
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important" (Betrand Russell)
" To err is human; to make real mess, you need a computer " (unknown source)
In a recent discussion with David Lipman I pointed out an old quote by Einstein (I think?) that "Imagination is more important than knowledge" which I found very applicable in my previous experience as a computer scientist but I commented that in genomics, knowledge of biology and genetics appear to be indispensible... and imagination can carry us only a to a point...
"David's response: Perhaps nature has a bigger imagination..." (David Lipman)
Advice to Students
"Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become
a man of value." (Albert Einstein)
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts " (Bertrand Russell)
"You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil." (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)
"Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it." (Colin Powell)
"Simon, What did you discover today? ." (Vernon Mountcastle)
" Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)