Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Boeing engineers are traditionally linear, sequential, rational thinkers. Microsoft engineers are typically smart, logical, creative problem solvers.
Both live in the world of the rational. The logical. The world of numbers.
Today we start the book of Numbers in the Bible. Here you go...
17 "So Moses and Aaron called together these chosen leaders, 18 and they assembled the whole community of Israel on that very day.[c] All the people were registered according to their ancestry by their clans and families. The men of Israel who were twenty years old or older were listed one by one, 19 just as the Lord had commanded Moses. So Moses recorded their names in the wilderness of Sinai.
20 -21 This is the number of men twenty years old or older who were able to go to war, as their names were listed in the records of their clans and families[d]:
Tribe — Number
Reuben (Jacob’s[e] oldest son) — 46,500
22 -23 Simeon — 59,300
24 -25 Gad — 45,650
26 -27 Judah — 74,600
28 -29 Issachar — 54,400
30 -31 Zebulun — 57,400
32 -33 Ephraim son of Joseph — 40,500
34 -35 Manasseh son of Joseph — 32,200
36 -37 Benjamin — 35,400
38 -39 Dan — 62,700
40 -41 Asher — 41,500
42 -43 Naphtali — 53,400
44 These were the men registered by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel, all listed according to their ancestral descent. 45 They were registered by families—all the men of Israel who were twenty years old or older and able to go to war. 46 The total number was 603,550."
I can't think of anything more boring than numbers. Numbers of men that can go to war.
But I AM writing this on a computer...
And the NUMBER of dollars that Boeing and Microsoft accumulate is rather impressive...
Ahhhhh - Numbers!