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There is nothing in science which teaches the origin of anything at all. — Lord Kelvin

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Simplification of modes of proof is not merely an indication of advance in our knowledge of a subject, but is also the surest guarantee of readiness for farther progress. — Lord Kelvin

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We only know God in His works, but we are forced by science to admit and to believe with absolute confidence in a Directive Power-in an influence other than physical, or dynamical, or electrical forces, — Lord Kelvin

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Ether is the only substance we are confident of in dynamics. One thing we are sure of and that is the reality and substantiality of the luminferous ether. — Lord Kelvin

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Quaternions came from Hamilton after his really good work had been done, and though beautifully ingenious, have been an unmixed evil to those who have touched them in any way. — Lord Kelvin

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Symmetrical equations are good in their place, but ' vector ' is a useless survival, or offshoot from quaternions, and has never been of the slightest use to any creature. — Lord Kelvin

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If you can not measure it, you can not improve it. — Lord Kelvin

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The more thoroughly I conduct scientific research, the more I believe that science excludes atheism. — Lord Kelvin

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I have not had a moment's peace or happiness in respect to electromagnetic theory since November 28, 1846. All this time I have been liable to fits of ether dipsomania, kept away at intervals only by rigorous abstention from thought on the subject. — Lord Kelvin

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Large increases in cost with questionable increases in performance can be tolerated only in race horses and women. — Lord Kelvin

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I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the further does it take us from anything comparable to atheism. — Lord Kelvin

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[Referring to Fourier's mathematical theory of the conduction of heat] ... Fourier's great mathematical poem ... — Lord Kelvin

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When you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery. — Lord Kelvin

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Fourier is a mathematical poem. — Lord Kelvin

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It is conceivable that animal life might have the attribute of using the heat of surrounding matter, at its natural temperature, as a source of energy for mechanical effect ... The influence of animal or vegetable life on matter is infinitely beyond the range of any scientific enquiry hitherto entered on. Its power of directing the motions of moving particles, in the demonstrated daily miracle of our human free-will, and in the growth of generation after generation of plants from a single seed, are infinitely different from any possible result of the fortuitous concurrence of atoms. — Lord Kelvin

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The atheistic idea is so nonsensical that I cannot put it into words. — Lord Kelvin

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Nothing can be more fatal to progress than a too confident reliance on mathematical symbols; for the student is only too apt to take the easier course, and consider the formula not the fact as the physical reality. — Lord Kelvin

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There cannot be a greater mistake than that of looking superciliously upon practical applications of science. The life and soul of science is its practical application ... — Lord Kelvin

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To measure is to know. — Lord Kelvin

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Scientific wealth tends to accumulate according to the law of compound interest. Every addition to knowledge of the properties of matter supplies the physical scientist with new instrumental means for discovering and interpreting phenomena of nature, which in their turn afford foundations of fresh generalisations, bringing gains of permanent value into the great storehouse of natural philosophy. — Lord Kelvin

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Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. — Lord Kelvin

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[Of the ether] it is no greater mystery at all events than the shoemakers' wax. — Lord Kelvin

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Although mechanical energy is indestructible, there is a universal tendency to its dissipation, which produces throughout the system a gradual augmentation and diffusion of heat, cessation of motion and exhaustion of the potential energy of the material Universe — Lord Kelvin

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I need scarcely say that the beginning and maintenance of life on earth is absolutely and infinitely beyond the range of all sound speculation in dynamical science. The only contribution of dynamics to theoretical biology is absolute negation of automatic commencement or automatic maintenance of life. — Lord Kelvin

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When you cannot measure, your knowledge is meager and unsatisfactory. — Lord Kelvin

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If you study science deep enough and long enough, it will force you to believe in God. — Lord Kelvin

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At what time does the dissipation of energy begin? — Lord Kelvin

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The only census of the senses, so far as I am aware, that ever before made them more than five, was the Irishman's reckoning of seven senses. I presume the Irishman's seventh sense was common sense; and I believe that the possession of that virtue by my countrymen-I speak as an Irishman. — Lord Kelvin

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All of science can be divided into physics and stamp-collecting. — Lord Kelvin

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You know only insofar as you can measure. — Lord Kelvin

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Vortices of pure energy can exist and, if my theories are right, can compose the bodily form of an intelligent species. — Lord Kelvin

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I can never satisfy myself until I can make a mechanical model of a thing. If I can make a mechanical model, I can understand it. As long as I cannot make a mechanical model all the way through I cannot understand. — Lord Kelvin

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The life and soul of science is its practical application, and just as the great advances in mathematics have been made through the desire of discovering the solution of problems which were of a highly practical kind in mathematical science, so in physical science many of the greatest advances that have been made from the beginning of the world to the present time have been made in the earnest desire to turn the knowledge of the properties of matter to some purpose useful to mankind. — Lord Kelvin

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Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honour, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it. — Lord Kelvin

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In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting. — Lord Kelvin

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Mathematics is the only good metaphysics. — Lord Kelvin

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If we can't express what we know in the form of numbers, we really don't know much about it. — Lord Kelvin

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In physical science a first essential step in the direction of learning any subject is to find principles of numerical reckoning and practicable methods for measuring some quality connected with it. I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be. — Lord Kelvin

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Accurate and minute measurement seems to the non-scientific imagination, a less lofty and dignified work than looking for something new. But nearly all the grandest discoveries of science have been but the rewards of accurate measurement and patient long-continued labour in the minute sifting of numerical results. — Lord Kelvin

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Radio has no future." "X-rays are clearly a hoax". "The aeroplane is scientifically impossible. — Lord Kelvin

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Christianity without the cross is nothing. The cross was the fitting close of a life of rejection, scorn and defeat. But in no true sense have these things ceased or changed. Jesus is still He whom man despiseth, and the rejected of men. The world has never admired Jesus, for moral courage is yet needed in every one of its high places by him who would "confess" Christ. The "offense" of the cross, therefore, has led men in all ages to endeavor to be rid of it, and to deny that it is the power of God in the world. — Lord Kelvin

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Suppose that you could mark the molecules in a glass of water; then pour the contents of the glass into the ocean and stir the latter throughly so as to distribute the marked molecules uniformly throughout the seven seas; if then you took a glass of water anywhere out of the ocean, you would find in it about a hundred of your marked molecules. — Lord Kelvin

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To live among friends is the primary essential of happiness. — Lord Kelvin

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If you cannot measure it, then it is not science. — Lord Kelvin

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Mathematics is the only true metaphysics. — Lord Kelvin

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The influence of animal or vegetable life on matter is infinitely beyond the range of any scientific inquiry hitherto entered on. — Lord Kelvin

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The vortex theory [of the atom] is only a dream. Itself unproven, it can prove nothing, and any speculations founded upon it are mere dreams about dreams. — Lord Kelvin

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I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning, or of the expectation of good results from any of the trials we heard of. So you will understand that I would not care to be a member of the Aeronautical Society. — Lord Kelvin

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We all confidently believe that there are at present, and have been from time immemorial, many worlds of life besides our own ... [This] may seem wild, and visionary; all I maintain is that it is not unscientific. — Lord Kelvin

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The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew he would never be caught. — Lord Kelvin

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Let nobody be afraid of true freedom of thought. Let us be free in thought and criticism; but, with freedom, we are bound to come to the conclusion that science is not antagonistic to religion, but a help to it. — Lord Kelvin

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Can you measure it? Can you express it in figures? Can you make a model of it? If not, your theory is apt to be based more upon imagination than upon knowledge. — Lord Kelvin

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I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind. — Lord Kelvin

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I have no satisfaction in formulas unless I feel their numerical magnitude. — Lord Kelvin

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Fourier's theorem is not only one of the most beautiful results of modern analysis, but it may be said to furnish an indispensable instrument in the treatment of nearly every recondite question in modern physics. — Lord Kelvin