Datum Quotes (3 quotes)
Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
The supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.
When a man of science speaks of his data, he knows very well in practice what he means. Certain experiments have been conducted, and have yielded certain observed results, which have been recorded. But when we try to define a datum theoretically, the task is not altogether easy. A datum, obviously, must be a fact known by perception. But it is very difficult to arrive at a fact in which there is no element of inference, and yet it would seem improper to call something a datum if it involved inferences as well as observation. This constitutes a problem.