In Roman mythology, Veritas, the goddess of truth, hid at the bottom of a sacred well, elusive to all except those who were most determined to find her. Throughout history, many people have joined the ranks of adventurers on that quest – philosophers who ponder the nature of truth, scientists who want to discover the truth and mathematicians who want to describe the truth, among many others. Today, the search, although long and arduous, continues. As we moved through the 17th and 18th centuries, developments in the way scientists worked transformed the way we understood our world. ‘Veritas’, the Latin word for truth, is emblazoned proudly across the mottos of many institutions of research and learning which concern themselves with research and intellectual pursuits. It seemed that we had discovered the means to find the truth.
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