The Lost IslandLarge Print - 2014 | First edition.
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What had once been a pleasant and relaxed capital was now more like an armed camp. The Metropolitan Police, Capital Police, Park Police, State Department Police, US Mint Police, Secret Service Police, “Special “ Police (achtung!) – in fact, something like two dozen police forces, …
“Failure analysis is one side of the coin.” Garza said. “Engineering’s the other. Engineering is the science of not failing – of doing something right. It isn’t enough to figure out how to do something right. You also have to figure out how not to do something wrong. You have to analyze every possible path to failure. Only then can you be sure of success.”
" ... You can't truly appreciate Homer in English. ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ Πλάγχθη. ‘Sing to me of the man, O muse, that wily hero who traveled far and wide'-Sorry, the English just doesn't cut it."
Once, in an advanced cryptanalysis class at the academy, the professor assigned them a problem. It was a nasty sort of trick: unbeknownst to the students, the problem, known as the Michelson Conjecture, had never been solved.
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