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Clifford Ambrose Truesdell III was an American mathematician, natural philosopher, and historian of science.

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How did Biot arrive at the partial differential equation? [the heat conduction equation] . . . Perhaps Laplace gave Biot the equation and left him to sink or swim for a few years in trying to derive it. That would have been merely an instance of the way great mathematicians since the very beginnings of mathematical research have effortlessly maintained their superiority over ordinary mortals.
There is nothing that can be said by mathematical symbols and relations which cannot also be said by words. The converse, however, is false. Much that can be and is said by words cannot successfully be put into equations, because it is nonsense.
This paper gives wrong solutions to trivial problems. The basic error,however, is not new. — © Clifford Truesdell
This paper gives wrong solutions to trivial problems. The basic error,however, is not new.
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