Experiment, Science, Literature

  • Göran Printz-Påhlson
Part of the Artificial Intelligence and Society book series (HCS)


I represent to myself the vast body of science as a large area strewn with dark places and with illuminated places. Our labors should have as their aim, either to extend the limits of the lit-up places, or to multiply the number of centers of illumination. One is for the creative genius; the other for the wisdom which improves, develops, amplifies.


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