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Heinrich Hertz

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The rigour of science requires that we distinguish well the undraped figure of Nature itself from the gay-coloured vesture with which we clothe her at our pleasure.
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as quoted by Ludwig Boltzmann in a letter to Nature (February 28, 1895).

 
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