Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1 July 1742 – 24 February 1799) was a German scientist, satirist and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany. Today, he is remembered for his posthumously published notebooks, which he himself called Sudelbücher, a description modeled on the English bookkeeping term "scrapbooks", and ... more »

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  • If it were true what in the end would be gained? Nothing but another truth. Is this such a mighty advantage? We have enough old truths still to digest, and even these we would be quite unable to endur...
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. Notebook E," "aph. 10, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Ho...
  • ''A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Ho...
  • ''As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 52, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Ho...
  • ''Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 11, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Ho...
  • ''Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.''
    G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 53, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Ho...
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