James Jeans quote

"Kant, discussing the various modes of perception by which the human mind apprehends nature, concluded that it is specially prone to see nature through mathematical spectacles. Just as a man wearing blue spectacles would see only a blue world, so Kant thought that, with our mental bias, we tend to see only a mathematical world."

James Jeans

Born: September 11, 1877

Die: September 16, 1946

Occupation: Physicist

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