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Simon Newcomb Quotes

Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which men will never have to cope
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Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.
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We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.
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The demonstration that no possible combination of known substances, known forms of machinery and known forms of force, can be united in a practical machine by which men shall fly along distances through the air, seems to the writer as complete as it is possible for the demonstration to be.
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A few years later the Naval Academy was founded at Annapolis, and a similar course was pursued to provide it with a corps of instructors.
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A suggestion had been made to me looking toward a professorship in some Western college, but after due consideration, I declined to consider the matter.
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Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which men will never have to cope.
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As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy, as well as an apparent, perhaps a real, anomaly, some account of it may be of interest.
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As years passed away I have formed the habit of looking back upon that former self as upon another person, the remembrance of whose emotions has been a solace in adversity and added zest to the enjoyment of prosperity.
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Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment.
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I finally reached the conclusion that mathematics was the study I was best fitted to follow, though I did not clearly see in what way I should turn the subject to account.
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I had not yet gotten into the world of light. But I felt as one who, standing outside, could knock against the wall and hear an answering knock from within.
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I was taught the alphabet by my aunts before I was four years old, and I was reading the Bible in class and beginning geography when I was six.
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If my impressions are correct, our educational planing mill cuts down all the knots of genius, and reduces the best of the men who go through it to much the same standard.
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In 1854 I availed myself of my summer vacation to pay my first visit to the national capital, little dreaming that it would ever be my home.
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In 1858 I received the degree of D. S. from the Lawrence Scientific School, and thereafter remained on the rolls of the university as a resident graduate.
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In 1860 a total eclipse of the sun was visible in British America.
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In October, 1865, occurred what was, in my eyes, the greatest event in the history of the observatory. The new transit circle arrived from Berlin in its boxes.
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In the latter part of 1869 I had carried forward the work with the transit circle as far as it could be profitably pursued under existing conditions.
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In the summer of 1851, when I had passed the age of sixteen, we lived in a little school district a mile or two from the town of Yarmouth, N. S.
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James Edward Oliver might have been one of the great mathematicians of his time had he not been absolutely wanting in the power of continuous work.
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My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher.
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My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men.
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My first undertaking in the way of scientific experiment was in the field of economics and psychology.
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On the retirement of Admiral Sands in 1874, Admiral Davis returned to the observatory, and continued in charge until his death in February, 1877.
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One hardly knows where, in the history of science, to look for an important movement that had its effective start in so pure and simple an accident as that which led to the building of the great Washington telescope, and went on to the discovery of the satellites of Mars.
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Quite likely the twentieth century is destined to see the natural forces which will enable us to fly from continent to continent with a speed far exceeding that of a bird.
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So far as the economic condition of society and the general mode of living and thinking were concerned, I might claim to have lived in the time of the American Revolution.
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The great fire practically put an end to the activity of the Chicago Observatory and forced its director to pursue his work in other fields.
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