James Jeans

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James Jeans

James Jeans

From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.More James Jeans [08/08/2011 04:08:20]
Life exists in the universe only because the carbon atom possesses certain exceptional properties.More James Jeans [08/08/2011 04:08:30]
Put three grains of sand inside a vast cathedral, and the cathedral will be more closely packed with sand than space is with stars.More James Jeans [08/08/2011 04:08:37]
The plain fact is that there are no conclusions.More James Jeans [08/08/2011 04:08:42]
The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.More James Jeans [08/08/2011 04:08:48]
In this model, the sun is a very tiny speck of dust indeed-a speck less than a three-thousandth of an inch in diameter ... Think of the sun as something less than a speck of dust in a vast city, of the earth as less than a millionth part of such a speck of dust, and we have perhaps as vivid a picture as the mind can really grasp of the relation of our home in space to the rest of the universe.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Humanity is at the very beginning of its existence-a new-born babe, with all the unexplored potentialities of babyhood; and until the last few moments its interest has been centred, absolutely and exclusively, on its cradle and feeding bottle.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter...we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Put three grains of sand inside a vast cathedral, and the cathedral will be more closely packed with sand than space is with stars.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...nature seems very conversant with the rules of pure mathematics, as our own mathematicians have formulated them in their studies, out of their own inner consciousness and without drawing to any appreciable extent on their experience of the outer world.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The essential fact is that all the pictures which science now draws of nature, and which alone seem capable of according with observational facts, are mathematical pictures.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We have already considered with disfavour the possibility of the universe having been planned by a biologist or an engineer; from the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...to many it is not knowledge but the quest for knowledge that gives greater interest to thought-to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science should leave off making pronouncements: the river of knowledge has too often turned back on itself.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sciences usually advances by a succession of small steps, through a fog in which even the most keen-sighted explorer can seldom see more than a few paces ahead. Occasionally the fog lifts, an eminence is gained, and a wider stretch of territory can be surveyed-sometimes with startling results. A whole science may then seem to undergo a kaleidoscopic rearrangement, fragments of knowledge sometimes being found to fit together in a hitherto unsuspected manner. Sometimes the shock of readjustment may spread to other sciencMore James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Kant, discussing the various modes of perception by which the human mind apprehends nature, concluded that it is specially prone to see nature through mathematical spectacles. Just as a man wearing blue spectacles would see only a blue world, so Kant thought that, with our mental bias, we tend to see only a mathematical world.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We may as well cut out group theory. That is a subject that will never be of any use in physics.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.[make the best of what is necessary...if you can't have what you love, love what you have...as there are lovable or at least positive aspects in everything, because anything could be worse]More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life exists in the universe only because the carbon atom possesses certain exceptional properties.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The human race, whose intelligence dates back only a single tick of the astronomical clock, could hardly hope to understand so soon what it all means.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All discussion of the ultimate nature of things must necessarily be barren unless we have some extraneous standards against which to compare them.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One must stand stiller than still. On reverse time travel.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The motion of the stars over our heads is as much an illusion as that of the cows, trees and churches that flash past the windows of our train.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The plain fact is that there are no conclusions. If we must state a conclusion, it would be that many of the former conclusions of the nineteenth-century science on philosophical questions are once again in the melting-pot.More James Jeans [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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