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The Language of Philosophy

March 24, 2011


Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes (I mean the universe) but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and the characters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures without which it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it, and without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.

– Galileo, The Assayer (1623)

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