(14 Jun 1736 - 23 Aug 1806)
Science Quotes by Charles-Augustin Coulomb (2 quotes)
Charles Augustin de Coulomb (source)
On graduating from school, a studious young man who would withstand the tedium and monotony of his duties has no choice but to lose himself in some branch of science or literature completely irrelevant to his assignment.
— Charles-Augustin Coulomb
The sciences are monuments devoted to the public good; each citizen owes to them a tribute proportional to his talents. While the great men, carried to the summit of the edifice, draw and put up the higher floors, the ordinary artists scattered in the lower floors, or hidden in the obscurity of the foundations, must only seek to improve what cleverer hands have created.
— Charles-Augustin Coulomb
Quotes by others about Charles-Augustin Coulomb (1)
Ohm found that the results could be summed up in such a simple law that he who runs may read it, and a schoolboy now can predict what a Faraday then could only guess at roughly. By Ohm's discovery a large part of the domain of electricity became annexed by Coulomb's discovery of the law of inverse squares, and completely annexed by Green's investigations. Poisson attacked the difficult problem of induced magnetisation, and his results, though differently expressed, are still the theory, as a most important first approximation. Ampere brought a multitude of phenomena into theory by his investigations of the mechanical forces between conductors supporting currents and magnets. Then there were the remarkable researches of Faraday, the prince of experimentalists, on electrostatics and electrodynamics and the induction of currents. These were rather long in being brought from the crude experimental state to a compact system, expressing the real essence. Unfortunately, in my opinion, Faraday was not a mathematician. It can scarely be doubted that had he been one, he would have anticipated much later work. He would, for instance, knowing Ampere's theory, by his own results have readily been led to Neumann’s theory, and the connected work of Helmholtz and Thomson. But it is perhaps too much to expect a man to be both the prince of experimentalists and a competent mathematician.
- 14 Jun - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Coulomb's birth.
- Charles Augustin de Coulomb - Biography 1890)
- Charles-Augustin Coulomb - context of quote “The sciences are monuments” - Medium image (500 x 350 px)
- Charles-Augustin Coulomb - context of quote “The sciences are monuments” - Large image (800 x 600 px)
- Charles-Augustin Coulomb - context of quote “Withstand the tedium and monotony of his duties” - Medium image (500 x 350 px)
- Charles-Augustin Coulomb - context of quote “Withstand the tedium and monotony of his duties” - Large image (800 x 600 px)
- Coulomb and the Evolution of Physics and Engineering in Eighteenth Century France, by C. Stewart Gilmor. - book suggestion.