# Auguste Comte on Mathematical Methods in Chemistry

*From*: "Jens Spanget-Larsen"
<spanget*at*virgil.ruc.dk>
*Organization*: Roskilde Universitetscenter
*Subject*: Auguste Comte on Mathematical Methods in Chemistry
*Date*: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 13:39:39 +0100

Dear CCL!
In my files I keep the following quotation from A. Comte:
"Every attempt to employ mathematical methods in the study
of chemical questions must be considered profoundly irrational
and contrary to the spirit in chemistry.
If mathematical analysis should ever hold a prominent
place in chemistry - an aberration which is happily almost
impossible - it would occasion a rapid and widespread
degeneration of that science." A. Comte (1830)
I got it several years ago from an Internet page, without any
details. Does anybody know this text? A. Comte must be the
philosopher Auguste Comte, and the year 1830 may indicate his
work "Cours de philosophie positive" which was published in
this and the following years. But what can he have meant? Any
comments?
Yours, Jens >--<
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