Inspire us with your fav quote

Started Dec 30, 2010 | Discussions thread
Barrie Davis
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Re: Inspire us with your fav quote

dave wrote:

I had this quotation from Lord Kelvin framed on my office wall for more than 25 years. He said this over a century ago but It still seems highly relevant today when you consider the huge amount of pseudo-scientific techno-babble that fills these fora.

"I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the state of Science, whatever the matter may be".
From a lecture to the Institute of Civil Engineers 3rd May 1883

Unfortunately, Lord Kelvin rather piddled on his chips when he forcefully stated that "Heavier than air flying machines are impossible" just eight years before the Wright brothers proved him wrong.

"Ahh... But the thing is, they were not just ORDINARY time travellers!"

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