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I thought that it was a firm principle of language design --out of concern for programming as a human activity-- that in all respects equivalent programs should have few possibilities for different representations (possibility for differences ideally not going beyond the arbitrary choice of identifiers and the arbitrary ordering of syntactically unordered components). Otherwise completely different styles of programming arise unnecessarily, thereby hampering maintainability, readability and what have you. This requires from the language designers the courage to make up their minds!
Edsger W. Dijkstra

Gibt ein Körper die Energie L in Form von Strahlung ab, so verkleinert sich seine Masse um L/V², wobei V die Lichtgeschwindigheit bedeutet.
Albert Einstein, Annalen der Physik 18 (1905): 641