Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

At least the French appreciate Lavoisier.

Paris, France

"The impossibility of seperating the nomenclature of a science from the science itself, is owing to this, that every branch of physical science must consist of three things; the series of facts which are the objects of the science, the ideas which represent these facts, and the words by which these ideas are expressed. Like three impressions of the same seal, the word ought to produce the idea, and the idea to be a picture of the fact. And, as ideas are preserved and communicated by means of words, it necessarily follows that we cannot improve the language of any science without at the same time improving the science itself..."
"Elements of Chemistry", Lavoisier

On the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France