William Rowan Hamilton Quote

… an undercurrent of thought was going on in my mind which gave at last a result, whereof it is not too much to say that I felt at once the importance. An electric circuit seemed to close; and a spark flashed forth the herald (as I foresaw immediately) of many long years to come of definitely directed thought and work by myself, if spared, and, at all events, on the part of others if I should even be allowed to live long enough distinctly to communicate the discovery. Nor could I resist the impulse - unphilosophical as it may have been - to cut with a knife on a stone of Brougham Bridge, as we passed it, the fundamental formula which contains the Solution of the Problem, but, of course, the inscription has long since mouldered away.


in a letter to his son (dated August 5, 1865), describing his discovery of quaternions on October 16, 1843.

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… an undercurrent of thought was going on in my mind which gave at last a result, whereof it is not too much to say that I felt at once the...

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… an undercurrent of thought was going on in my mind which gave at last a result, whereof it is not too much to say that I felt at once the...

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… an undercurrent of thought was going on in my mind which gave at last a result, whereof it is not too much to say that I felt at once the...

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… an undercurrent of thought was going on in my mind which gave at last a result, whereof it is not too much to say that I felt at once the...