„I do not define time, space, place, and motion, as being well known to all.“

—  Isaac Newton, Context: I do not define time, space, place, and motion, as being well known to all. Only I must observe, that the common people conceive those quantities under no other notions but from the relation they bear to sensible objects. And thence arise certain prejudices, for the removing of which it will be convenient to distinguish them into absolute and relative, true and apparent, mathematical and common. Definitions - Scholium
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„Galileo had raised the concepts of space and time to the status of fundamental categories by directing attention to the mathematical description of motion.“

—  Gerald James Whitrow British mathematician 1912 - 2000
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„I have tried at times to place humans in perspective against the vastness of universal time and space.“

—  Clifford D. Simak American writer, journalist 1904 - 1988
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—  Werner Heisenberg German theoretical physicist 1901 - 1976
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„Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.“

—  H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Second Series
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„It is the invariable lesson to humanity that distance in time, and in space as well, lends focus.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992
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