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 C - Clifford


Clifford: William Kingdon, 1845-1879.

English mathematician and physicist. Precursor of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and originator of what are now known as Clifford algebras.

Originator of what is known as Clifford's dictum: "It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence". This is explained in his excellent "The Ethics of Belief", that concerns the conditions human beliefs of any kind must satisfy in order to be fairly called rational.



Zie ook: Belief, Ethics, Evidence, Probability, Rationality


 Original: Jul 26, 2004                                                 Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top