Oliver Heaviside

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There is no absolute scale of size in the Universe, for it is boundless towards the great and also boundless towards the small.
Quoted in D'A W Thompson On Growth and Form (Cambridge 1917)
Why should I refuse a good dinner simply because I don't understand the digestive processes involved.
[reply when criticised for his daring use of operators before they could be justified formally.]
Logic can be patient, for it is eternal.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)
This series is divergent, therefore we may be able to do something with it.
Euclid for children is barbarous.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)
It is perhaps too much to expect a man to be both the prince of experimentalists and a competent mathematician.
Electromagnetic theory Vol 1 Ch 1