His circumspect demeanour procured him the surname of Silent, but under the cold exterior he concealed a busy, far-sighted intellect, and a generous, upright, daring heart.
While, by the present methods of teaching, a knowledge of science in its present state of advancement is imparted very successfully, eminent and far-sighted men have repeatedly been obliged to point out a defect which too often attaches to the present scientific education of our youth. It is the absence of the historical sense and the want of knowledge of the great researches upon which the edifice of science rests.Wilhelm Ostwald, announcement of his Klassiker der Exakten Wissenschaften [Classics of the Exact Sciences] (1891) as quoted by Florian Cajori, A History of Physics in its Elementary Branches (1899)
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