He Who Knows More Will Answer Less

lipi, selasa 12 mei 2009 14:28

hari itu aku sedang mengerjakan simulasi rangkaian untuk bahan tugas akhir. tahap running yang cukup lama membuatku bosan. sebuah buku yang tergeletak di meja menarik perhatianku. tampaknya itu buku milik pembimbingku. buku berbahasa belanda yang judulnya Digitale Techniek: van Probleemspecificatie tot Realisatie karya P. Thijssen, H. A. Vink, dan C. H. Eversdijk terbitan Delftse Uitgevers Maatschappij, Delft, Belanda tahun 1988.

tentu saja aku tidak mengerti bahasanya. sekadar mengisi waktu, kubalik lembaran-lembaran buku untuk mencari gambar-gambar yang menarik. ternyata yang kutemukan jauh lebih menarik. sebuah puisi yang tertulis di halaman awal. cukup menarik untuk kusalin disini:

concerning some aspects
of mathematical education

once children learn to speak, it is fun
to ask them, “what is 1+1?”
for when they answer, “two”, we know
their knowledge has begun to grow

later, they study late at night,
to grasp the rules of logic right,
and learn, from boole and other men,
that 1 + 1 is 1 again.

still later, when they learn to do
adding, and higher things, mod 2,
and drink of wisdom as they ought,
they find the answer now is, “naught”

the moral is, as you might guess:
he who knows more will answer less

Franz E. Hohn
(gastdocent, T. H. Delft 1964-65)

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