glyph 101: faraday independent judgment open mind science thinking


 

Michael Faraday's Description of the Philosopher

no school, no master

"A philosopher should be a man willing to listen to every suggestion but determined to judge for himself. He should not be biased by appearances, have no favorite hypothesis, be of no school and in doctrine have no master. ... Truth should be his primary object. If these qualities be added to industry, he may indeed hope to walk within the veil of the temple of nature."

Quoted by Jill Jones in Empires of Light (New York: Random House, 2003), pp. 43-44. A footnote references John M. Thomas, Michael Faraday and the Royal Institution (New York: Adam Hilger, 1991) p. 121.

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