theory

A Quote by Stephen William Hawking on existence, justice, questions, rules, science, theory, and universe

Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?

Stephen Hawking (1942 -)

Source: A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, Bantam, NY, 1988, p 174.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington on theory

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We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origins. At last, we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own.

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882 - 1944)

Source: Space, Time and Gravitation. 1920.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on temptation and theory

The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on habits, knowledge, nature, theory, time, and weakness

One forms provisional theories and waits for time or fuller knowledge to explode them. A bad habit, Mr. Ferguson, but human nature is weak. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on beginning, facts, mistakes, and theory

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in Scandal in Bohemia.

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A Quote by Samuel Parkes Cadman on experience and theory

A little experience often upsets a lot of theory.

Samuel Parkes Cadman (1864 - 1936)

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on belief, church, earth, failure, familiarity, fatherhood, men, observation, opposites, saints, theory, water, and world

Though he avoided outright endorsement of the view, fifth-century Church Father Saint Augustine was clearly familiar with the theory of the spherical earth: "They [those who believe that "there are men on the other side of the earth"] fail to observe that even if the world is held to be global or rounded in shape, or if some process of reasoning should prove this to be the case, it would still not necessarily follow that the land on the opposite side is not covered by masses of water."

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: The City of God, 426 A.D.

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A Quote by S. Weinberg on beauty, curiosity, facts, guidance, ideas, judgment, physics, simplicity, theory, and time

I now want to tell three stories about advances in twentieth-century physics. A curious fact emerges in these tales: time and again physicists have been guided by their sense of beauty not only in developing new theories but even in judging the validity of physical theories once they are developed. . .. . . . . . Simplicity is part of what I mean by beauty, but it is a simplicity of ideas, not simplicity of a mechanical sort that can be measured by counting equations or symbols.

S. Weinberg

Source: Dreams of a final theory (1992

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A Quote by Rush H. Limbaugh III on anger, elections, extremism, feeling, future, government, insecurity, kindness, majorities, media, men, myth, people, theory, thinking, uncertainty, unhappiness, voting, and women

The Myth of the Angry White Male What has sprung up is a strange kind of thinking. . . . Americans are unhappy with their lot. They are feeling insecure - layoffs and corporate downsizing have made their future uncertain. Stirred up by talk radio, the theory goes, large numbers of formerly sensible people have embraced 'hate' and 'extremism.' Most of these, according to the media, are white guys. A Washington Post/ABC pre-election poll asked voters if they were angry 'about the way the federal government works.' Four out of five white males said no. 62 percent of white men voted for Republican House candidates (38 percent for Democrats in 1994, a ten-point increase from the 1990 midterm elections). But was this special to their gender? In 1994 white women voted for Republican House candidates by a 55 to 45 percent majority. Significantly, there isn't single article decrying 'angry white females.'

Rush Limbaugh (1951 -)

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A Quote by Robert J Ringer on choice, justice, life, simplicity, solution, theory, travel, and path

Life-complication Theory: Given a choice between an easy solution and a complicated one, the loser will usually opt to travel the complicated path. Don't ignore a solution just because it's simple!

Robert J Ringer

Source: The Tortoise's Little Green Book

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