Reinout Willem van Bemmelen quote

"There is, however, no universal recipe for scientific advance. It is a matter of groping forward into terra incognita of the outer world by means of methods which should be adapted to the circumstances."

Reinout Willem van Bemmelen

Born: April 14, 1904

Die: November 19, 1983

Occupation: Geologist

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