Point of Interest

24th August 2012 at 01:00

Measure of success

When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be.

Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), who played an important role in establishing physics in its modern form through his work at the University of Glasgow.

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