13 October 2007

What's the difference between theory and practice?

In theory they're the same.
In practice they're not.

(Overheard at work. Thanks Stephen!)

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Michael Hargreaves said...

Attributed to Albert Einstein: "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, theory and practice are different."

dave said...

Thanks Michael. I give Einstein credit for the thought, but I think Stephen said it better!

Μενελαος said...

There's a professor that told us "there is no good theory if it is not practical"! I will add to this statement the fundamental of how you can choose a book and absorb it. Nevertheless, sometimes art exhibits fundamental characteristics that exceed science. It is a matter of choice between the pure acedemic and the project artwork. Under this spot, i think the answer is obvious. On the other hand, moving beyond science, to understand and explore the world and to find out nature's fairytale, i think it's awesome. Science related with senatorials has always been diplomatic!

Kenneth said...

Another take, written, I believe by Kurt Lewin: "There is nothing as practical as a good theory."

Μενελαος said...

Don't kill such practices!!!

dave said...


Practice improves with practice.


Anonymous said...

Theory is when everyone knows what they are doing and nothing works, Practice is when everything works and nobody knows why.

dave said...

That's a great one!

Anonymous said...

attributed to einstein too:
Theory is when you know all and nothing works.
Practice is when all works and nobody knows why.
In this case we have put together theory and practice: nothing works... and nobody knows why!