Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds you stuff of any degree of fineness; but, nevertheless, what you get out depends upon what you put in; and as the grandest mill in the world will not extract wheat-flour from peascods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.
— Thomas Henry Huxley
‘Geological Reform’ (1869). In Collected Essays (1894), Vol. 8, 333.
Happy new year, everyone!
It feels a little odd saying this in January, when I’m uploading it. Who knows what will have happened in this previous year. Maybe Huxley will have turned out to be a massive paedo like Jimmy Savile was, in which case this will be in terrible taste.
Regardless, have a good one!