John Herschel on scientific discovery

“Not to mention that by far the greater part of natural phenomena remain yet unexplained, every new discovery in science brings into view whole classes of facts which would never otherwise have fallen under our notice at all, and establishes relations which afford the philosophic mind a constantly extending field of speculation, in ranging over which it is next to impossible that he should not encounter new and unexpected principles.”¬† John Herschel¬† Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy

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