• Linear programming is viewed as a revolutionary development giving man the ability to state general objectives and to find, by means of the simplex method, optimal policy decisions for a broad class of practical decision problems of great complexity. In the real world, planning tends to be ad hoc because of the many special-interest groups with their multiple objectives.

    "Reminiscences about the origins of linear programming" by George Dantzig, Mathematical programming: the state of the art, p. 78-86, 1983.