Georg Lichtenberg

1742 - 1799

A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on beauty, laws, nature, and pleasure

All mathematical laws which we find in Nature are always suspect to me, in spite of their beauty. They give me no pleasure. They are merely auxiliaries. At close range it is all not true.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

Source: J P Stern Lichtenberg, 1959.

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A Quote by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on people and understanding

I have often noticed that when people come to understand a mathematical proposition in some other way than that of the ordinary demonstration, they promptly say, "Oh, I see. That's how it must be." This is a sign that they explain it to themselves from within their own system.

Georg Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

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