William Whewell Quotes

Who is William Whewell?

English polymath, scientist and philosopher William Whewell was Master of Trinity College in Cambridge. He came up with many new scientific terms like linguistics, astigmatism and even the words scientist and physicist! It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it. Thanks, Bill!

Born May 24, 1794
Died March 06, 1866

Books by William Whewell


Best 10 Quotes by William Whewell

“Conscience is the reason employed about questions of right and wrong.”

William Whewell

“Every detection of what is false directs us towards what is true: every trial exhausts some tempting form of error.”

William Whewell

“Those who have obtained the farthest insight into nature have been, in all ages, firm believers in God.”

William Whewell

Elements of Morality Quotes

“We cannot observe external things without some degree of thought; nor can we reflect upon our thoughts, without being influenced in the course of our reflection by the Things which we have observed.”

William Whewell
Elements of Morality

History of the Inductive Sciences Quotes

“Astronomy is the only progressive science which the ancient world produced.”

William Whewell
History of the Inductive Sciences

“The person who did most to give to analysis the generality and symmetry which are now its pride, was also the person who made mechanics analytical; I mean Euler.”

William Whewell
History of the Inductive Sciences

Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy in England Quotes

“Every failure is a step to success.”

William Whewell
Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy in England

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Novum Organon Renovatum Quotes

“The catastrophist constructs theories, the uniformitarian demolishes them.”

William Whewell
Novum Organon Renovatum

The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences Quotes

“There is a mask of theory over the whole face of nature.”

William Whewell
The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences

“We need very much a name to describe a cultivator of science in general. I should incline to call him a scientist.”

William Whewell
The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences

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