William Whewell

1794 - 1866

A Quote by William Whewell on nature and theory

There is a mask of theory over the whole face of nature.

William Whewell (1794 - 1866)

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A Quote by William Whewell on purpose and weapons

Nobody since Newton has been able to use geometrical methods to the same extent for the like purposes; and as we read the Principia we feel as when we are in an ancient armoury where the weapons are of gigantic size; and as we look at them we marvel what manner of man he was who could use as a weapon what we can scarcely lift as a burden.

William Whewell (1794 - 1866)

Source: E. N. Da C. Andrade "Isaac Newton" in J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by William Whewell on accidents and force

And so no force, however great, Can stretch a cord, however fine, Into a horizontal line That shall be absolutely straight. Quoted as an example of accidental metre and rhyme.

William Whewell (1794 - 1866)

Source: Whewell’s Elementary Treatise on Mechanics

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