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Ιmile Argand
(6 Jan 1879 - 14 Sep 1940)

Swiss geologist.


Science Quotes by Ιmile Argand (3 quotes)

How many times did the sun shine, how many times did the wind howl over the desolate tundras, over the bleak immensity of the Siberian taigas, over the brown deserts where the Earth’s salt shines, over the high peaks capped with silver, over the shivering jungles, over the undulating forests of the tropics! Day after day, through infinite time, the scenery has changed in imperceptible features. Let us smile at the illusion of eternity that appears in these things, and while so many temporary aspects fade away, let us listen to the ancient hymn, the spectacular song of the seas, that has saluted so many chains rising to the light.
— Ιmile Argand
Tectonics of Asia (1924), 165, trans. Albert V. and Marguerite Carozzi.
Science quotes on:  |  Climate (40)  |  Earth (582)  |  Research (530)

The universe flows, carrying with it milky ways and worlds, Gondwanas and Eurasias, inconsistent visions and clumsy systems. But the good conceptual models, these serena templa of intelligence on which several masters have worked, never disappear entirely. They are the great legacy of the past. They linger under more and more harmonious forms and actually never cease to grow. They bring solace by the great art that is inseparable from them. Their permanence relies on the immortal poetry of truth, of the truth that is given to us in minute amounts, foretelling an order whose majesty dominates time.
— Ιmile Argand
Tectonics of Asia (1924),164, trans. Albert V. and Marguerite Carozzi.
Science quotes on:  |  Earth (582)  |  Plate Tectonics (20)

The volumes, the surfaces, the lines—in one word, the structures that build a tectonic construction—do not represent the whole picture: there is also the movement that animated and still animates these bodies because the history continues and we live under no particular privileged conditions at any given time in this great process.
— Ιmile Argand
Tectonics of Asia (1924), 2, trans. Albert V. and Marguerite Carozzi.
Science quotes on:  |  Earth (582)  |  Plate Tectonics (20)


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