"Which is a significant archaeological discovery, judging by Tom's reaction. Hey, he's an expert at lockpicking, piloting, commando tactics, rock climbing and building ships that can go infinity miles per hour. So why not add archeology?"
"There are probably greater painters than NoŽl, greater novelists than NoŽl, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comedians, greater tragedians, greater stage producers, greater film directors, greater cabaret artists, greater TV stars. If there are, they are fourteen different people. Only one man combined all fourteen different labels—The Master."
—Lord Mountbatten on NoŽl Coward
"Subject: Takashi Kitano, otherwise known as Beat Takashi, Japanese film director, comedian, singer, actor, author, screenwriter, poet, painter- Okay, what wasn't this guy?"
— JonTron, Takashi's Challenge
When he was not in class [teaching applied engineering], Thorne often served as an expert witness in legal cases involving materials engineering. He specialized in explosions, crashed airplanes, collapsed buildings, and other disasters. These forays into the real world sharpened his view that scientists needed the widest possible education. He used to say, "How can you design for people if you don't know history and psychology? You can't. Because your mathematical formulas may be perfect, but the people will screw it up. And if that happens it means you screwed it up." He peppered his lectures with quotations from Plato, Chaka Zulu, Emerson, and Chang-tzu.