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André-Marie Ampère

By combining at random simple truths with each other, more complicated ones are deduced…This is the method of discovery, the special method of inventions, contrary to popular opinion.

André-Marie Ampère, quoted in André-Marie Ampère: Enlightenment and Electrodynamics

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November 1, 2016 at 7:30 am

Ampère’s cats

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André-Marie Ampère

The mistakes of greater and cleverer men are a lesson and a consolation to us. Ampère had two cats for company, one larger than the other. But at times they disturbed the great physicist in his work because he had to open the door so that they could go in and out repeatedly. So he simply equipped the bottom of his door with two smaller openings—a big one for the large cat and a little one for the smaller cat. Let us be grateful to Ampère.

Richard Willstätter

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May 17, 2015 at 7:30 am

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