the function of science to discover
the existence of a general reign of
order in nature and to find the
causes governing this order. And
this refers in equal measure to the
relations of men ‒ social and
political ‒ and to the entire
universe as a whole.
of nature, however general, has been
established all at once; its
recognition has always been preceded
by many presentiments.
exists everywhere a medium in
things, determined by equilibrium.
In a dream I saw a
all the elements fell into place as
required. Awakening, I immediately
wrote it down on a piece of paper.
elements, if arranged according to
their atomic weights, exhibit an
apparent periodicity of properties.
could live at the present day
Plato, but a double number of
Newtons is required to
discover the secrets of nature,
and to bring life into harmony with
the laws of nature.
most all penetrating spirit before
which will open the possibility of
tilting not tables, but planets, is
the spirit of free human inquiry.
Believe only in that.
look for peace and calm in work: you
will find it nowhere else.
establishment of a law, moreover,
does not take place when the first
thought of it takes form, or even
when its significance is recognised,
but only when it has been confirmed
by the results of the
Pleasures flit by ‒ they are only
for yourself; work leaves a mark of
joy, work is for others.
you to have this feeling too ‒ it is
my moral responsibility to help you
achieve this inner freedom.