Fact Can Bewilder in Their Numbers

Now, in the development of our knowledge of the workings of Nature out of the tremendously complex assemblage of phenomena presented to the scientific inquirer, mathematics plays in some respects a very limited, in others a very important part. As regards the limitations, it is merely necessary to refer to the sciences connected with living matter, and to the ologies generally, to see that the facts and their connections are too indistinctly known to render mathematical analysis practicable, to say nothing of the complexity. Facts are of not much use, considered as facts. They bewilder by their number and their apparent incoherency. Let them be digested into theory, however, and brought into mutual harmony, and it is another matter. Theory is the essence of facts. Without theory scientific knowledge would be only worthy of the madhouse.


Science needs theories to keep from being overwhelmed.

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 Electromagnetic Theory
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Heaviside , Oliver (2003), Electromagnetic Theory, Chelsea Publishing Company, Retrieved on 2012-06-04
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