Let this book be dedicated to the chemists of the newer generation, who will not wish to reject all inferences from conjecture or surmise, but who will not care to speculate concerning that which may be surely known. The fascination of a growing science lies in the work of the pioneers at the very borderland of the unknown, but to reach this frontier one must pass over well traveled roads; of these one of the safest and surest is the broad road of thermodynamics.
Gilbert Lewis and Merle Randall, Thermodynamics (1923)
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Super-duper-operator (n): An operator is a linear map that acts on a vector space. A superoperator is an operator of an operator, an operator that acts on a vector space of operators. A super-duper-operator is an operator of an operator of an operator, an operator that acts on a vector space of superoperators.