Link o' the day: Richard Feynman and "...the dopiest idea I ever heard"
After a hurried private discussion ("I don't know, you hired him..."), we informed Richard [Feynman] that his assignment would be to advise on the application of parallel processing to scientific problems.
"That sounds like a bunch of baloney," he said. "Give me something real to do."
So we sent him out to buy some office supplies.
W. Daniel Hillis, reminiscing about Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine.