Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Hamming , Richard W. and Hamming , Richard Wesley (1997), The Art of Doing Science and Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Retrieved on 2012-06-01
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    01 JUN 2012

     Parable of Many People Working on a Large Project

    A parable: A man was examining the construction of a cathedral. He asked a stone mason what he was doing chipping the stones, and the mason replied, “I am making stones.” He asked a stone carver what he was doing. “I am carving a gargoyle.&rdquo. And so it went, each person said in detail what they were doing. Finally he came to an old woman who was sweeping the ground. She said. “I am helping build a cathedral.” ...Most of the time each person is immersed in the details of one...
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    Often we are so immersed in the details of our work that we fail to see the big picture of what we are contributing to. I could see this parable apply to anyone in our society, where we all are building civilization.