Gabriel Lippmann quote

"[On the Gaussian curve, remarked to Poincaré:] Experimentalists think that it is a mathematical theorem while the mathematicians believe it to be an experimental fact."

Gabriel Lippmann

Born: August 16, 1845

Die: July 13, 1921

Occupation: Physicist

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