- For every piece of durable nonsense, there is an irrelevant frame of reference in which it makes perfect sense.
- Rigorous reasoning from inapplicable assumptions yields the world's most durable nonsense.
- The roots of most nonsense are found in the fact that people are more specialized than problems.
This concept of "durable nonsense" is wonderful and I think very useful. I suspect that more computer science research than we would like can be categorized in such terms.
I think the source for these principles is R. A. Rosanoff, "A Survey of Modern Nonsense as Applied to Matrix Computations," April 1969, although Floyd also cites John Spragins, "Computer System Performance Modeling and Durable Nonsense", January 1979--perhaps that's where she saw Rosanoff quoted.