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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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„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.

„I wish to know systems.“

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

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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).

„His true monument lies not on the shelves of libraries, but in the thoughts of men, and in the history of more than one science.“

—  Josiah Willard Gibbs
From Gibbs's obituary for Rudolf Clausius (1889). See The Collected Works of J. Willard Gibbs, vol. 2 (New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1928), p. 267.

„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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