Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington on Common Sense


We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two,
because one and one are two.
We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.

As quoted in "A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations" (1991) by Alan L. Mackay. Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882–1944) was a British astrophysicist of the early 20th century. He was also a philosopher of science and a popularizer of science. The Eddington limit, the natural limit to the luminosity of stars, or the radiation generated by accretion onto a compact object, is named in his honour.

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