Vice President, Rational Complex & Embedded Systems
It is the spirit of engineering to continue pushing farther and faster, to improve things and to see how far we can take them. When I was in high school, I was taught that we can't see atoms. They are simply too small. Only a few years later, when I joined IBM, we had just gotten the Nobel Prize for the scanning tunnelling microscope which made it possible to see atoms for the very first time. Now, 25 years later, we are manipulating atoms and making the world's smallest movies.
To quote Arthur C. Clarke's 2nd Law:
"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
Another great quote in this spirit was by Nelson Rutherford, the Nobel prize winning physicist, who said:
"All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial. "