Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The formulas of science are like the papers in your pocketbook, of no value to any but their owner.
Essays and Lectures The Conduct of Life Beauty (p. 1100)
Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn to praise of God.
In Phebe Mitchell Kendall Maria Mitchell: Life, Letters, and Journals Chapter IX (p. 185)
Ever since the observation of nature has existed, it has held a vague notion of its ultimate goal as the composition of the colorful multiplicity of phenomena in a uniform system, where possible, in a single formula.
In Ernest Peter Fischer Beauty and the Beast Chapter 2 (p. 47)
THOMASINA: If you could stop every atom in its position and direction, and if your mind could comprehend all the actions thus suspended, then if you were really, really, good at algebra you could write the formula for all the future; and although nobody can be so clever to do it, the formula must exist just as if one could.
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