Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Garden of Earthly Delights XII


From this, too, it is apparent why and to what extent there is no genius in science;
not indeed that it would be impossible for a scientific problem to be solved by 
means of genius, but because this same problem whose solution can be found by 
genius, is also soluble mechanically. Such, for example, is the Newtonian system
of gravitation, which could have been a discovery of genius, and its first discoverer,
Kepler, really was so, but could equally also have been a wholly scientific discovery,
which it actually became in the hands of Newton. Only what art brings forth is simply
and solely possible through genius, since in every task that art has discharged, an 
infinite contradiction is reconciled.
F.W.J. Schelling