A Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley on accuracy, appearance, authority, mathematics, and world

This seems to be one of the many cases in which the admitted accuracy of mathematical processes is allowed to throw a wholly inadmissible appearance of authority over the results obtained by them. Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds your stuff to any degree of fineness; but, nevertheless, what you get out depends on what you put in; and as the grandest mill in the world will not extract wheat flour from peascods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.

Thomas Huxley (1825 - 1895)

Source: Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, 25,1869.

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