Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas; its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved.— Bertrand Russell
Heartwarming Approximation quotations
Truth is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations.
Simply from greening our energy system and eliminating fossil fuel pollution, we get so much healthier that the savings in health care alone are enough to pay the costs of the green energy transition and would repay those costs in approximately a decade and a half in savings.
An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.
Approximately 80 % of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point.
Experience is, for me, the highest authority.
The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming me.
All models are wrong, but some are useful.
It's better to solve the right problem approximately than to solve the wrong problem exactly.
You may consider yourself an individual, but as a cell biologist, I can tell you that you are in truth a cooperative community of approximately fifty trillion single-celled citizens.
It is one thing to take as a given that approximately 70 percent of an entering high school freshman class will not attend college, but to assign a particular child to a curriculum designed for that 70 percent closes off for that child the opportunity to attend college.
A poor relation—is the most irrelevant thing in nature.
If those states which did not have right-to-carry concealed gun provisions had adopted them in 1992, approximately 1,570 murders; 4,177 rapes; and over 60,000 aggravate assaults would have been avoided yearly.
Eugene is located in western Oregon, approximately 278 billion miles from anything.
A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average.
His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than the exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.
Most important part of doing physics is the knowledge of approximation.
What happens after death is so unspeakably glorious that our imagination and our feelings do not suffice to form even an approximate conception of it. The dissolution of our time-bound form in eternity brings no loss of meaning.
Properly understood, style is not a seductive decoration added to a functional structure; it is of the essence of a work of art. The necessary elements of style are lucidity, elegance, and individuality; these three qualities combine to form a preservative which ensures the nearest approximation to permanence in the fugitive art of letters.
All models are approximations. Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful. However, the approximate nature of the model must always be borne in mind.
No one knows what the right algorithm is, but it gives us hope that if we can discover some crude approximation of whatever this algorithm is and implement it on a computer, that can help us make a lot of progress.
The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.
Zoo is an artificial territory, an approximation. Civilization is our natural territory.
Avoid pulpits, platforms, stages and pedestals.
Keep to the hard ground. It is the only way you can judge your approximate status as a man.
You existed. You existed now as a fractal. Definition: A fractal is generally a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be broken into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole. Maybe I was a fractal. Maybe the photographer was a fractal. Maybe we were all fractals.
Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible marks of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and think loves you in return. It is estimated that approximately 3 million incidents of domestic violence are reported each year in the United States.
Photography is a contest between a photographer and the presumptions of approximate and habitual seeing. The contest can be held anywhere.
Whereas all humans have approximately the same life expectancy the life expectancy of stars varies as much as from that of a butterfly to that of an elephant.
A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails.
A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
A capitalist is someone who derives a substantial share of his income from his equity in producing companies. On this scale the figures are discouraging. Approximately ninety percent of the capital of this country is owned by five or less percent of the American people.
At 42,000' in approximately level flight, a third cylinder was turned on.
Acceleration was rapid and speed increased to .98 Mach. The needle of the machmeter fluctuated at this reading momentarily, then passed off the scale. Assuming that the off-scale reading remained linear, it is estimated that 1.05 Mach was attained at this time.
Take the so-called standard of living.
What do most people mean by "living"? They don’t mean living. They mean the latest and closest plural approximation to singular prenatal passivity which science, in its finite but unbounded wisdom, has succeeded in selling their wives.
The ideal project does not exist, each time there is the opportunity to realize an approximation.
So long as the opposing forces are at the outset approximately equal in numbers and moral and there are no flanks to turn, a long struggle for supremacy is inevitable.