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Sir Harold Jeffreys
(22 Apr 1891 - 18 Mar 1989)

English astronomer, geophysicist and mathematician.


Science Quotes by Sir Harold Jeffreys (5 quotes)

Nature does not consist entirely, or even largely, of problems designed by a Grand Examiner to come out neatly in finite terms, and whatever subject we tackle the first need is to overcome timidity about approximating.
— Sir Harold Jeffreys
As co-author with Bertha Swirles Jeffreys, in Methods of Mathematical Physics (1946, 1999), 8.
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Some of the most important results (e.g. Cauchy’s theorem) are so surprising at first sight that nothing short of a proof can make them credible.
— Sir Harold Jeffreys
As co-author with Bertha Swirls Jeffreys, in Methods of Mathematical Physics (1946, 1999), v.
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The real difficulty about vulcanism is not to see how it can start, but how it can stop.
— Sir Harold Jeffreys
Earthquakes and Mountains, 2nd edition (1950), 187.
Science quotes on:  |  Difficulty (196)  |  See (1081)  |  Start (221)  |  Volcano (39)

We have to come back to something like ordinary language after all when we want to talk “about” mathematics!
— Sir Harold Jeffreys
As co-author with Bertha Swirles Jeffreys, in Methods of Mathematical Physics (1946, 1999), 2.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Back (390)  |  Language (293)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Ordinary (160)  |  Something (719)  |  Talk (100)  |  Want (497)

What the use of P [the significance level] implies, therefore, is that a hypothesis that may be true may be rejected because it has not predicted observable results that have not occurred.
— Sir Harold Jeffreys
Theory of Probability (1939), 316.
Science quotes on:  |  Experiment (695)  |  Hypothesis (296)  |  Observable (21)  |  Observation (555)  |  Predict (79)  |  Probability (130)  |  Reject (63)  |  Rejected (26)  |  Result (677)  |  Significance (113)  |  Statistics (155)  |  Use (766)


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  • 22 Apr - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Jeffreys's birth.
  • The earth: Its Origin, History and Physical Constitution, by Harold Jeffreys. - book suggestion.

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