Quotation by Antoine Lavoisier

It is impossible to dissociate language from science or science from language, because every natural science always involves three things: the sequence of phenomena on which the science is based; the abstract concepts which call these phenomena to mind; and the words in which the concepts are expressed. To call forth a concept, a word is needed; to portray a phenomenon, a concept is needed. All three mirror one and the same reality.
Antoine Lavoisier (1743–1794), French scientist, a founder of modern chemistry. Traite Elementaire de Chimie (1789).

An early statement of the language-dependency of science.
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