„Seek simplicity and distrust it.“

The Concept of Nature (1919), Chapter VII, p.143 http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18835/18835-h/18835-h.htm#CHAPTER_VII.
1910s
Kontext: The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, "Seek simplicity and distrust it."

Übernommen aus Wikiquote. Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
Alfred North Whitehead Foto
Alfred North Whitehead6
britischer Philosoph und Mathematiker 1861 - 1947

Ähnliche Zitate

Jared Diamond Foto

„History, as well as life itself, is complicated; neither life nor history is an enterprise for those who seek simplicity and consistency.“

—  Jared Diamond, buch Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Page 349
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005)

William Ellery Channing Foto

„I implore Him, whose glory I seek, to aid me in unfolding and enforcing it with simplicity and clearness, with a calm and pure zeal, and with unfeigned charity.“

—  William Ellery Channing United States Unitarian clergyman 1780 - 1842

"Likeness to God", an address in Providence, Rhode Island (1828) http://www.americanunitarian.org/likeness.htm
Kontext: I affirm, and would maintain, that true religion consists in proposing, as our great end, a growing likeness to the Supreme Being. Its noblest influence consists in making us more and more partakers of the Divinity. For this it is to be preached. Religious instruction should aim chiefly to turn men's aspirations and efforts to that perfection of the soul, which constitutes it a bright image of God. Such is the topic now to be discussed; and I implore Him, whose glory I seek, to aid me in unfolding and enforcing it with simplicity and clearness, with a calm and pure zeal, and with unfeigned charity.

Alfred North Whitehead Foto

„The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest.“

—  Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947

The Concept of Nature (1919), Chapter VII, p.143 http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18835/18835-h/18835-h.htm#CHAPTER_VII.
1910s
Kontext: The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, "Seek simplicity and distrust it."

Ward Cunningham Foto

„What is simplicity? Simplicity is the shortest path to a solution.“

—  Ward Cunningham American computer programmer who developed the first wiki 1949

A Conversation with Ward Cunningham (2003), The Simplest Thing that Could Possibly Work

Alfred North Whitehead Foto
Henri Poincaré Foto

„It is because simplicity and vastness are both beautiful that we seek by preference simple facts and vast facts; that we take delight, now in following the giant courses of the stars, now in scrutinizing the microscope that prodigious smallness which is also a vastness, and now in seeking in geological ages the traces of a past that attracts us because of its remoteness.“

—  Henri Poincaré, buch Science and Method

C’est parce que la simplicité, parce que la grandeur est belle, que nous rechercherons de préférence les faits simples et les faits grandioses, que nous nous complairons tantôt à suivre la course gigantesque des astres, tantôt à scruter avec le microscope cette prodigieuse petitesse qui est aussi une grandeur, tantôt à rechercher dans les temps géologiques les traces d’un passé qui nous attire parce qu’il est lointain.
Part I. Ch. 1 : The Selection of Facts, p. 23
Science and Method (1908)

Thomas à Kempis Foto
Richard Dawkins Foto

„In the beginning was simplicity.“

—  Richard Dawkins, buch The Selfish Gene

Quelle: The Selfish Gene

Henry David Thoreau Foto
Charles Lamb Foto
Douglas Coupland Foto
Stephen Hawking Foto

„Simplicity is a matter of taste“

—  Stephen Hawking, buch The Grand Design

Quelle: The Grand Design

Charlie Chaplin Foto
Edsger W. Dijkstra Foto

„Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.“

—  Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002

1970s, How do we tell truths that might hurt? (1975)

Ernest Flagg Foto

„Simplicity is the mark of genius.“

—  Ernest Flagg American architect 1857 - 1947

Small Houses: Their Economic Design and Construction (1922)
Kontext: Simplicity and Dignity are so nearly related that they may be considered together.... A quiet air of reserved power is characteristic of dignity, and that is best obtained by simple means and the absence of apparent effort. Simplicity is the mark of genius. The giant in art does his work easily, without straining and without affectation; his ways are direct and to the point.

Jan Hus Foto

„O holy simplicity!“
O sancta simplicitas!

—  Jan Hus Czech linguist, religion writer, theologist, university educator and science writer 1369 - 1415

Quoted in The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations (2005) by Jon R. Stone, p. 188
Spoken by Hus as he was being burned at the stake and saw an elderly peasant adding wood to the fire

Leonardo Da Vinci Foto

„Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

No published occurrence of such an attribution has yet been located prior to one in Wisdom Through the Ages : Book Two (2003) by Helen Granat, p. 225; this was used as an early slogan at Apple Computer in 1984, but the earliest occurence yet located is in The Recognitions (1955) by William Gaddis, p. 457:
Stop being so God Damn humble … You know God damn well that … that humility is defiance … simplicity today is sophisticated … simplicity is the ultimate sophistication today.
Disputed

Benoît Mandelbrot Foto
Thomas à Kempis Foto

„By two wings is man lifted above earthly things, even by
simplicity and purity. Simplicity ought to be in the intention,
purity in the affection.“

—  Thomas à Kempis, buch Nachfolge Christi

Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 545.
Quelle: The Imitation of Christ
Kontext: Simplicity and purity are the two wings by which a man is lifted above all earthly things. Simplicity is in the intention — purity in the affection. Simplicity tends to God,— purity apprehends and tastes Him.

Ähnliche Themen