We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.
– John F. Kennedy
I don’t concentrate on any one period of history; I like to locate my stories in wildly different eras and places. I seem to be drawn to large, sprawling, uncomfortable swaths of American history, finding embedded within them a tight narrative that involves strife, heroism, and survival under difficult circumstances.
– Hampton Sides
I was always told that I was good in mathematics, and I guess my grades and standardized test scores supported that. My worst subjects were those that generally involved a lot of reading – English and history. So, having good test scores in math and mediocre ones in reading, I was naturally advised to major in engineering in college.
– Henry Petroski
Many of our young people spend four years getting very expensive college degrees. But our universities fail them and the nation if they continue to graduate students with expertise in biochemistry, mathematics or history without teaching them to think about what problems are important and why.
– Heather Wilson