Frases de Josiah Willard Gibbs

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Josiah Willard Gibbs

Fecha de nacimiento: 11. Febrero 1839
Fecha de muerte: 28. Abril 1903

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Josiah Willard Gibbs fue un físico estadounidense que contribuyó de forma destacada a la fundación teórica de la termodinámica.

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Frases Josiah Willard Gibbs

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„Mathematics is a language.“

— Josiah Willard Gibbs
At a Yale faculty meeting, during a discussion of language requirements in the undergraduate curriculum. Quoted in Muriel Rukeyser, Willard Gibbs (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1942), p. 280.

„If I have had any success in mathematical physics, it is, I think, because I have been able to dodge mathematical difficulties.“

— Josiah Willard Gibbs
Quoted by C. S. Hastings in "Biographical Memoir of Josiah Willard Gibbs 1839-1903," National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs, vol. VI (Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences, 1909), p. 390.

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„A mathematician may say anything he pleases, but a physicist must be at least partially sane.“

— Josiah Willard Gibbs
Quoted in R. B. Lindsay, "On the Relation of Mathematics and Physics," Scientific Monthly 59, 456 (Dec. 1944)

„I wish to know systems.“

— Josiah Willard Gibbs
Quoted in Muriel Rukeyser, Willard Gibbs (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1942), p. 4.

„The whole is simpler than its parts.“

— Josiah Willard Gibbs
Quoted by Irving Fisher in "The Applications of Mathematics to the Social Sciences," Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 36, 225-243 (1930).

„Anyone having these desires will make these researches.“

— Josiah Willard Gibbs
About his own scientific work. Quoted in Muriel Rukeyser, Willard Gibbs (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1942), p. 431.

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„One of the principal objects of theoretical research is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in the greatest simplicity.“

— Josiah Willard Gibbs
From Gibbs's letter accepting the Rumford Medal (1881). Quoted in A. L. Mackay, Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (London, 1994).

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