Monday 15 June 2009

Galileo the quantifier

"The man who undertakes to solve a scientific question without the help of mathematics undertakes the impossible. We must measure what is measurable and make measurable what cannot be measured".

Galileo during his period in Padua before moving to Florence in 1610.

Cited in; The science of measurement: A historical survey. Herbert Arthur Klein. Dover 1988. p509.