Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1742-1799

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1 July 1742 – 24 February 1799) was a German scientist, satirist and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany. Today, he is remembered for his posthumously published notebooks, which he himself called Sudelbücher, a description modeled on the English bookkeeping term "scrapbooks", and for his discovery of the strange treelike patterns now called Lichtenberg figures. The Lichtenberg ratio used in ISO 216 is named after him.

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If it were true what in the end would be gained? Nothing but another truth. Is this such a mighty advantage? We have enough old truths still to digest, and even these we would be quite unable to endure if we did not sometimes flavor them with lies.
G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. Notebook E," "aph. 10, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).
As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word.
G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 52, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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