theory

A Quote by Nikola Tesla on science, mathematics, theory, and nature

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. — Nikola Tesla, Modern Mechanics and Inventions, July, 1934 US (Serbian-born) electrical inventor (1857 - 1943)

Nikola Tesla

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on theory, literary theory, criticism, soul, literature, beginners luke, sol luckman, art, science, writing, writer, prose, fiction, knowledge, postmodernism, and novel

Theory does everything in its power to remove the living soul of literature, tear its heart out, make of the study of Art a hard-edged Science. Never mind that Art is as far removed from measurement as Science is from love. As writers confronting theory, it’s incumbent on us not to let our prose dry up in that desert, but to allow it to become a desert rose, our prose, flourishing in the heat and sands of what passes for knowledge.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 8

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on love, history, politics, war, theory, and conquest

History will never change because of politics or conquests or theories or wars; that's mere repitition, it's been going on since the beginning of time.  History will only change when we are able to use the energy of love, just as we use energy of the wind, the seas, the atom.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession, Pages: 91

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on imagination and theory

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees, in every object, only the traits that favor that theory.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Zsa Zsa Gabor on love, men, theory, and women

One of my theories is that men love with their eyes; women love with their ears.

Zsa Zsa Gabor (1919 -)

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A Quote by Yukio Mishima on astronomy, observation, perception, theory, truth, and universe

By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.

Yukio Mishima

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on facts and theory

I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Malakand Field Force, 1898

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on argument, certainty, conviction, day, discovery, doubt, education, existence, facts, friendship, hell, independence, machines, mathematics, military, persistence, play, purity, purpose, reality, reason,

Some of my cousins who had the great advantage of University education used to tease me with arguments to prove that nothing has any existence except what we think of it. . . . These amusing mental acrobatics are all right to play with. They are perfectly harmless and perfectly useless. . . . I always rested on the following argument. . . We look up to the sky and see the sun. Our eyes are dazzled and our senses record the fact. So here is this great sun standing apparently on no better foundation than our physical senses. But happily there is a method, apart altogether from our physical senses, of testing the reality of the sun. It is by mathematics. By means of prolonged processes of mathematics, entirely separate from the senses, astronomers are able to calculate when an eclipse will occur. They predict by pure reason that a black spot will pass across the sun on a certain day. You go and look, and your sense of sight immediately tells you that their calculations are vindicated. So here you have the evidence of the senses reinforced by the entirely separate evidence of a vast independent process of mathematical reasoning. We have taken what is called in military map-making "a cross bearing." . . . When my metaphysical friends tell me that the data on which the astronomers made their calculations, were necessarily obtained originally through the evidence of the senses, I say, "no." They might, in theory at any rate, be obtained by automatic calculating-machines set in motion by the light falling upon them without admixture of the human senses at any stage. When it is persisted that we should have to be told about the calculations and use our ears for that purpose, I reply that the mathematical process has a reality and virtue in itself, and that once discovered it constitutes a new and independent factor. I am also at this point accustomed to reaffirm with emphasis my conviction that the sun is real, and also that it is hot - in fact hot as Hell, and that if the metaphysicians doubt it they should go there and see.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Winston S. Churchill, My Early Life, Fontana, London, 1972, pp 123-124.

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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 George Jordan on life, mind, practicality, theory, and thought

A mere theory of life that remains but a theory, is about as useful to a man as a gilt-edged menu is to a starving sailor on a raft in mid-ocean. . . . No rule for higher living will help a man in the slightest until he reaches out and appropriates it for himself, until he makes it practical in his daily life, until that seed of theory in his mind blossoms into a thousand flowers of thought and word and act.

William Jordan

Source: The Majesty of Calmness, p. 45-46

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