In mach on 16/07/2011 at 1:28 pm

The historical investigation of the development of a science is most needful, lest the principles treasured up in it become a system of half-understood prescripts, or worse, a system of prejudices. Historical investigation not only promotes the understanding of what which now is, but also brings new possibilities before us, by showing that which exists to be in great measure conventional and accidental. From the higher point of view at which different paths of thought converge we may look about us with freer vision and discover routes before unknown. (Mach, Ernst. 1960. The Science of Mechanics: A critical and historical account of its development. La Salle (Illinois): Open Court.)


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