Lines that resonate to me as a tester

I’ve started reading this recently published book by Ozan Varol called Think Like a Rocket Scientist. I’m only at the first chapter which is about uncertainty, and I came across these few lines which I found interesting. As a tester or reviewer, you come across bugs. While it can mean a little more work for the team, sometimes you can’t help admit that some of the bugs–or whatever little things that trigger them–are cool or fascinating. Maybe it’s just me. But say hi in the comments if you appreciate cool bugs once in a while.

Anyways, here are those quotes. Those three blocks below are from the book:


“Discovery comes not when something goes right,” physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn explains, “but when something is awry, a novelty that runs counter to what was expected.”


Asimov famously disputed that “Eureka!” is the most exciting phrase in science. Rather, he observed, scientific development often begins by someone noticing an anomaly and saying, “That’s funny…”


Einstein’s younger son, Eduard, once asked him why he was famous. In his reply, Einstein cited his ability to spot anomalies that others miss: “When a blind beetle crawls over the surface of a curved branch, it doesn’t notice that the track it has covered is indeed curved,” he explained, implicitly referring to his theory of relativity. “I was lucky enough to notice what the beetle didn’t notice.”

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