George Sarton

George Sarton

It would be foolish to give credit to Euclid for pangeometrical conceptions; the idea of geometry deifferent from the common-sense one never occurred to his mind. Yet, when he stated the fifth postulate, he stood at the parting of the ways. His subconscious prescience is astounding. There is nothing comperable to it in the whole history of science.More George Sarton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The whole past and the whole world are alive in my heart, and I shall do my part to communicate their presence to my readers.More George Sarton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Hellenic science is a victory of rationalism, which appears greater, not smaller, when one is made to realize that it had been won in spite of the irrational beliefs of the Greek people; all in all, it was a triumph of reason in the face of unreason. Some knowledge of Greek superstitions is needed not only for a proper appreciation of that triumph but also for the justification of occasional failures, such as the many Platonic aberrations.More George Sarton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The history of science should not be an instrument to defend any kind of social or philosophic theory; it should be used only for its own purpose, to illustrate impartially the working of reason against unreason, the gradual unfolding of truth, in all its forms, whether pleasant or unpleasant, useful of useless, welcome or unwelcome.More George Sarton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Erudition without pedantry is as a rare as wisdom itself.More George Sarton quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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