Quotation by Thomas Henry Huxley

Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds your stuff of any degree of fineness; but nevertheless, what you get out depends upon what you put in; and as the grandest mill in the world will not extract wheat- flour from peascods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #226, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).
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