„The first idea which all this impresses upon us is, that the formation of bodies in space is still and at present in progress. We live at a time when many have been formed and many are still forming.“

—  Robert Chambers (publisher, born 1802), buch Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

Quelle: Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844), p. 20

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„The first idea which all this impresses upon us is, that the formation of bodies in space is still and at present in progress.“

—  Robert Chambers (publisher, born 1802), buch Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

We live at a time when many have been formed and many are still forming.
Quelle: Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844), p. 20

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„These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.“

—  Abigail Adams 2nd First Lady of the United States (1797–1801) 1744 - 1818

Letter to John Quincy Adams (19 January 1780)
Kontext: These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues.
Kontext: These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by the scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.

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„We have assumed that the laws of nature must be capable of expression in a form which is invariant for all possible transformations of the space-time co-ordinates“

—  Gerald James Whitrow British mathematician 1912 - 2000

The Structure of the Universe: An Introduction to Cosmology (1949)
Kontext: The philosophical consequences of the General Theory of Relativity are perhaps more striking than the experimental tests. As Bishop Barnes has reminded us, "The astonishing thing about Einstein's equations is that they appear to have come out of nothing." We have assumed that the laws of nature must be capable of expression in a form which is invariant for all possible transformations of the space-time co-ordinates and also that the geometry of space-time is Riemannian. From this exiguous basis, formulae of gravitation more accurate than those of Newton have been derived. As Barnes points out...

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„At the present time there still exist many doctrines which choose to leave in the shadow certain troubling aspects of a too complex situation. But their attempt to lie to us is in vain. Cowardice doesn’t pay.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir, buch The Ethics of Ambiguity

Part I : Ambiguity and Freedom http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/ethics/de-beauvoir/ambiguity/ch01.htm
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Kontext: At the present time there still exist many doctrines which choose to leave in the shadow certain troubling aspects of a too complex situation. But their attempt to lie to us is in vain. Cowardice doesn’t pay. Those reasonable metaphysics, those consoling ethics with which they would like to entice us only accentuate the disorder from which we suffer.

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„As long as there have been men.... upon this globe.... we have held firmly to the notion of.... all of which must continue to be everlasting in time and infinite in space.“

—  M. C. Escher Dutch graphic artist 1898 - 1972

Quote of Escher, 1959; as cited in '3. The approach to infinity' http://pi.math.cornell.edu/~mec/Winter2009/Mihai/section3.html, in: M.C. Escher and Hyperbolic Geometry http://pi.math.cornell.edu/~mec/Winter2009/Mihai/index.html - Math Explorer Club
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