Carl Henry Eckart (May 4, 1902, in St. Louis, Missouri – October 23, 1973, in La Jolla, California) was an American physicist, physical oceanographer, geophysicist, and administrator. He co-developed the Wigner-Eckart theorem and is also known for the Eckart conditions in quantum mechanics.
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Our Modern Idol: Mathematical Science (1984)
- Our Modern Idol: Mathematical Science. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California. 1984.
- But this same process of the old teaching the young can also cause errors and false conclusions to accumulate with the passage of time. One should therefore study ancient writings, not so much in the hope of finding lost wisdom as in the hope of locating the origin of errors that have been, and still are, accepted truths.
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- In order to arrive to a more realistic view of society, it must be recognized that there are individual differences that cannot be eradicated by the most rigid curriculum, and that various individuals will choose different educational curricula if allowed to do so.
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- Each community has a curious and distorted image of itself which is always flattering.
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- If we are to control our own future, it will be necessary, not only to obtain the cooperation of people, but to prepare comprehensive plans for that future.
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- A good plan will therefore include alternative actions, the choice between them being left open until the passage of time indicates which is feasible and which is not.
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- Most of us are unaware of our deep-seated faith in numbers.
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- I shall here present the view that numbers, even whole numbers, are words, parts of speech, and that mathematics is their grammar. Numbers were therefore invented by people in the same sense that language, both written and spoken, was invented. Grammar is also an invention. Words and numbers have no existence separate from the people who use them. Knowledge of mathematics is transmitted from one generation to another, and it changes in the same slow way that language changes. Continuity is provided by the process of oral or written transmission.
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- Hunting is doing business with animals.
- p. 362.