Alessandro Volta Quotes



Best 13 Quotes by Alessandro Volta

“Each metal has a certain power, which is different from metal to metal, of setting the electric fluid in motion.”

“Heroes of physics, argonauts of our time who leaped the mountains, who crossed the seas…

You have confirmed in uncomfortable places what Newton knew without leaving his study.”

“I am still of the same opinion because the impossibility of the formation of mountains by the sea is demonstrated to me.”

“I continue coupling a plate of silver with one of zinc, and always in the same order... and place between each of these couples a moistened disk. I continue to form a column. If the column contains about twenty of these couples of metal, it will be capable of giving to the fingers several small shocks.”

“I continue to form a column. If the column contains about twenty of these couples of metal, it will be capable of giving to the fingers several small shocks.”

“If you have seen with your own eyes a mountain move forward in a plain; that is, a huge rock of this mountain breaking off and covering entire fields; a whole castle sunken into the earth.”

“In fact, no opinion should be with fervor. No one holds with fervor that 7 x 8 = 56 because it can be shown to be the case.

Fervor is only necessary in commending an opinion which is doubtful or demonstrably false.”

“In the beginning of the year 1800 the illustrious professor conceived the idea of forming a long column by piling up, in succession, a disc of copper, a disc of zinc, and a disc of wet cloth, with scrupulous attention to not changing this order.”

“My battery is an alarm-bell to experimenters in every part of Europe.”

“The language of experiment is more authoritative than any reasoning.

Facts can destroy our ratiocination — not vice versa.”

“The most marvellous instrument which men have yet invented, the telescope and the steam engine not excepted.”

“What is it possible to do well, in physics particularly, if things are not reduced to degrees and measures?”

“You must be ready to give up even the most attractive ideas when experiment shows them to be wrong.”

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