Mathematics in the modern world
Hamming, Richard W.
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It is a good general rule when giving a talk to non-experts to talk about what you know best. Since I am a mathematician that means that I should talk about mathematics. It is a further good rule to talk about one's own experiences and not about other's. I shall not, therefore, apologize for talking about what I did, but simply assume that you realize that no other approach is so effective in communicating what it is to be a mathematician, and the role of mathematics in the modern world.
from Richard W. Hamming collection (NPS-018), Naval Postgraduate School. Papers and Speeches.
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