There is nothing more difficult to take in hand,more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success,than to take the lead in the introduction ofa new order of things.
— NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI, The Prince (1513)
“But you can’t look up all those licensenumbers in time,” Drake objected.“We don’t have to, Paul. We merely arrange a listand look for duplications.”
— PERRY MASON, in The Case of the Angry Mourner (1951)
“Treesort” Computer—With this new ‘computer-approach’to nature study you can quickly identify over 260different trees of U.S., Alaska, and Canada,even palms, desert trees, and other exotics.To sort, you simply insert the needle.
— EDMUND SCIENTIFIC COMPANY, Catalog (1964)
In this chapter we shall study a topic ...