Phenomenology Quotes (3 quotes)
Phenomenology is not a philosophy; it is a philosophical method, a tool. It is like an adjustable spanner that can be used for dismantling a refrigerator or a car, or used for hammering in nails, or even for knocking somebody out.
Classification is now a pejorative statement. You know, these classifiers look like dumb fools. Im a classifier. But Id like to use a word that includes more than what people consider is encompassed by classification. It is more than that, and its something which can be called phenomenology.
The greatest of all spectral classifiers, Antonia Maury had two strikes on her: the biggest one was, she was a woman. A woman had no chance at anything in astronomy except at Harvard in the 1880s and 1890s. And even there, things were rough. It now turns out that her director, E.C. Pickering, did not like the way she classified; she then refused to change to suit him; and after her great publication in Harvard Annals 28 (1897), she left Harvard—and in a sense, astronomy. ... I would say the most remarkable phenomenological investigation in modern astronomy is Miss Maurys work in Harvard Annals 28. She didnt have anything astrophysical to go on. Investigations between 1890 and 1900 were the origin of astrophysics. But these were solar, mostly. And there Miss Maury was on the periphery. Ive seen pictures of groups, where shed be standing away a little bit to one side of the other people, a little bit in the background. It was a very sad thing. When Hertzsprung wrote Pickering to congratulate him on Miss Maurys work that had led to Hertzsprungs discovery of super giants, Pickering is supposed to have replied that Miss Maurys work was wrong could not possibly be correct.