William Whewell Quote

The hypothesis is like the captain, and the observations like the soldiers of an army: while he appears to command them, and in this way to work his own will, he does in fact derive all his power of conquest from their obedience, and becomes helpless and useless if they mutiny.


The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences: Founded Upon Their History, (Volume 2), Chapter V (p. 59)

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The hypothesis is like the captain, and the observations like the soldiers of an army: while he appears to command them, and in this way to work his...

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The hypothesis is like the captain, and the observations like the soldiers of an army: while he appears to command them, and in this way to work his...

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The hypothesis is like the captain, and the observations like the soldiers of an army: while he appears to command them, and in this way to work his...

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The hypothesis is like the captain, and the observations like the soldiers of an army: while he appears to command them, and in this way to work his...