Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics

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PART IX
ON THE SIMILARITY OF EMPIRICAL AND VERBAL STRUCTURES

The theory of relativity has resulted from a combination of the three elements which were called for in a reconstruction of physics: first, delicate experiment; secondly, logical analysis; and thirdly, epistemological considerations. (457) BERTRAND RUSSELL

The essence of Einstein's generalization is its final disentanglement of that part of any physical event which is contributed by the observer from that which is inherent in the nature of things and independent of all observers. (21) E. T. BELL

Even Leibniz formulated the postulate of continuity, of infinitely near action, as a general principle, and could not, for this reason, become reconciled to Newton's Law of Gravitation, which entails action at a distance and which corresponds fully to that of Coulomb. (547) HERMANN WEYL

This limitation to what is directly observable is ultimately based on Mach's philosophy and, directly inspired by Mach, led three decades ago to the propagation of the so-called theory of "Energetics," which sought to recognise only quantities of energy as physically given and observable quantities. (481) A. SOMMERFELD

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