Friday, June 26, 2009

Meandering to and fro . . .

Today is the birthday of William Thomson (June 26, 1824 – December 17, 1907), physicist, engineer, and inventor, better known as Lord Kelvin.

Lord Kelvin (William Thomson) was a child prodigy in mathematics. In 1861, at the age of eleven, he entered the University of Glasgow and in 1865 he entered Cambridge University, publishing his first scholarly papers on mathematics at the age of sixteen. During his lifetime he published more than 600 scientific papers and filed a total of 70 patents.

"All science is either physics or stamp collecting." - Lord Kelvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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