Quote: we impose the frames of time and space on nature because we find them convenient

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Next must be examined the frames in which nature seems enclosed and which are called time and space. In 'Science and Hypothesis' I have already shown how relative their value is; it is not nature which imposes them upon us, it is we who impose them upon nature because we find them convenient. .. Is mathematical analysis, then, whose principal object is the study of these empty frames, only a vain play of the mind? ... Far from it; without this language most of the intimate analogies of things would have remained forever unknown to us; and we should forever have been ignorant of the internal harmony of the world, which is, we shall see, the only true objective reality.   Google-1   Google-2

Published before 1923

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Quote: mathematical analysis is primarily the study of temporal and spatial frames
Quote: mathematical analysis is a language for learning the internal harmony of the world, the only true objective reality

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