Joseph Fourier Quotes and Sayings  Page 1

“Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.”
 Joseph Fourier 
“The profound study of nature is the most fertile source of mathematical discovery.”
 Joseph FourierSource : Joseph Fourier (2007). “The Analytical Theory of Heat (Unabridged)”, p.7, Cosimo, Inc.

“There cannot be a language more universal and more simple, more free from errors and obscurities...more worthy to express the invariable relations of all natural things [than mathematics]. [It interprets] all phenomena by the same language, as if to attest the unity and simplicity of the plan of the universe, and to make still more evident that unchangeable order which presides over all natural causes”
 Joseph Fourier 
“Mathematical analysis is as extensive as nature itself; it defines all perceptible relations, measures times, spaces, forces, temperatures:;; this difficult science is formed slowly, but it preserves every principle which it has once acquired; it grows and strengthens itself incessantly in the midst of the many variations and errors of the human mind. It's chief attribute is clearness; it has no marks to express confused notations. It brings together phenomena the most diverse, and discovers the hidden analogies which unite them.”
 Joseph FourierSource : Joseph Fourier (2007). “The Analytical Theory of Heat”, p.7, Cosimo, Inc.


“The effects of heat are subject to constant laws which cannot be discovered without the aid of mathematical analysis. The object of the theory is to demonstrate these laws; it reduces all physical researches on the propagation of heat, to problems of the integral calculus, whose elements are given by experiment. No subject has more extensive relations with the progress of industry and the natural sciences; for the action of heat is always present, it influences the processes of the arts, and occurs in all the phenomena of the universe.”
 Joseph Fourier

“Every man has his secret desire, I suppose, and mine is someday to own a farm.”

Source : "Guerilla Open Access Manifesto". Book by Aaron Swartz, July 2008.
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