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Baron William Thomson Kelvin
(26 Jun 1824  17 Dec 1907)

Baron William Thomson Kelvin Quotes on Mathematics (8 quotes)
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Do not imagine that mathematics is harsh and crabbed, and repulsive to common sense. It is merely the etherealisation of common sense.
— Baron William Thomson Kelvin
Mathematics is the only good metaphysics.
— Baron William Thomson Kelvin
Mathematics is the only true metaphysics.
— Baron William Thomson Kelvin
Nothing can be more fatal to progress than a too confident reliance upon mathematical symbols; for the student is only too apt to take the easier course, and consider the formula and not the fact as the physical reality.
— Baron William Thomson Kelvin
The life and soul of science is its practical application, and just as the great advances in mathematics have been made through the desire of discovering the solution of problems which were of a highly practical kind in mathematical science, so in physical science many of the greatest advances that have been made from the beginning of the world to the present time have been made in the earnest desire to turn the knowledge of the properties of matter to some purpose useful to mankind.
— Baron William Thomson Kelvin
There can be but one opinion as to the beauty and utility of this analysis of Laplace; but the manner in which it has been hitherto presented has seemed repulsive to the ablest mathematicians, and difficult to ordinary mathematical students.[Coauthor with Peter Guthrie Tait.]
— Baron William Thomson Kelvin
[Referring to Fourier’s mathematical theory of the conduction of heat] … Fourier's great mathematical poem…
— Baron William Thomson Kelvin
~~[Misquote]~~ Fourier is a mathematical poem.
— Baron William Thomson Kelvin
See also:
 26 Jun  short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Kelvin's birth.
 Lord Kelvin Biography  one of the earliest pages written for this site.
 A Kelvin Biography  with more background on Kelvin’s early scholarship in mathematics and his life’s work, from Famous Men of Science.
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Make a mechanical model”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Make a mechanical model”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Many of the greatest advances”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Many of the greatest advances”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “The rewards of accurate measurement”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “The rewards of accurate measurement”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “I have no satisfaction in formulas”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “I have no satisfaction in formulas”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Mathematics is … etherealisation of common sense”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Mathematics is … etherealisation of common sense”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Measure … and express in numbers”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Measure … and express in numbers”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Imaginary difficulty of making a change”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Imaginary difficulty of making a change”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Questions of personal priority”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Questions of personal priority”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Science is not antagonistic to religion”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Science is not antagonistic to religion”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Simplification of modes of proof”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Simplification of modes of proof”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Mathematics is the only true metaphysics”  Medium image (500 x 250 px)
 William Thomson Kelvin  context of quote “Mathematics is the only true metaphysics”  Large image (800 x 400 px)
 Excellent Kelvin Biography history at the BBC education site for the Local Heroes TV series.
 Construction details for "Kelvin's Thunderstorm"  Lord Kelvin's waterdrop electrostatic generator..
 Kelvin at three different ages  a photo gallery across his life.
 Collection of pictures of Kelvin at different ages  at the MacTutor site.
 Informative Biography of Kelvin  with additional resources at the MacTutor site.
 History of Submarine Cables  a 150 Year History of Submarine Cables.
 Timeline of Atlantic Cables  1856 to 2015.
 Lord Kelvin's Conjecture Disproved  A modern improvement on Kelvin's 1887 geometrical conjecture.
 Degrees Kelvin: A Tale of Genius, Invention, and Tragedy, by David Lindley.  book suggestion.
 Booklist for William Thomson.