Talking Quotes (11 quotes)
Can imagination picture what the future of this invention is to be! We may talk by light to any visible distance without any conducting wire.
If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profoundity, he is talking nonsense.
Mathematical economics is old enough to be respectable, but not all economists respect it. It has powerful supporters and impressive testimonials, yet many capable economists deny that mathematics, except as a shorthand or expository device, can be applied to economic reasoning. There have even been rumors that mathematics is used in economics (and in other social sciences) either for the deliberate purpose of mystification or to confer dignity upon commonplaces as French was once used in diplomatic communications. . To be sure, mathematics can be extended to any branch of knowledge, including economics, provided the concepts are so clearly defined as to permit accurate symbolic representation. That is only another way of saying that in some branches of discourse it is desirable to know what you are talking about.
People make the mistake of talking about natural laws. There are no natural laws. There are only temporary habits of nature.
The McCarthy period came along and many of the other scientists who had been working on these same lines gave up. Probably saying Why should I sacrifice myself? I am a scientist, I am supposed to be working on scientific things, so I dont need to put myself at risk by talking about these possibilities. And I have said that perhaps Im just stubborn I have said I dont like anybody to tell me what to do or to think, except Mrs. Pauling.
The point of mathematics is that in it we have always got rid of the particular instance, and even of any particular sorts of entities. So that for example, no mathematical truths apply merely to fish, or merely to stones, or merely to colours. So long as you are dealing with pure mathematics, you are in the realm of complete and absolute abstraction. Mathematics is thought moving in the sphere of complete abstraction from any particular instance of what it is talking about.
The scientist is not much given to talking of the riddle of the universe. Riddle is not a scientific term. The conception of a riddle is something which can he solved. And hence the scientist does not use that popular phrase. We dont know the why of anything. On that matter we are no further advanced than was the cavedweller. The scientist is contented if he can contribute something toward the knowledge of what is and how it is.
Time is that which is measured by a clock. This is a sound way of looking at things. A quantity like time, or any other physical measurement, does not exist in a completely abstract way. We find no sense in talking about something unless we specify how we measure it. It is the definition by the method of measuring a quantity that is the one sure way of avoiding talking nonsense about this kind of thing.
We cant define anything precisely. If we attempt to, we get into that paralysis of thought that comes to philosophers one saying to the other: You dont know what you are talking about! The second one says: What do you mean by know? What do you mean by talking? What do you mean by you?
We don't know what we are talking about. Many of us believed that string theory was a very dramatic break with our previous notions of quantum theory. But now we learn that string theory, well, is not that much of a break. The state of physics today is like it was when we were mystified by radioactivity. They were missing something absolutely fundamental. We are missing perhaps something as profound as they were back then.