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  • It's a fanciful conjecture, I admit, but I cannot account for Brom's actions except by postulating that there was a piece of information he never shared with me nor another living soul.†   (source)
  • I had asked Ghosh why this might be, and he postulated that the instruments used on Shiva at birth might have caused the bones of his head to heal in this "exuberant" manner.†   (source)
  • This absurd jealousy, grounded as it was in mere hypotheses, proved that he considered her fidelity an unconditional postulate of their relationship.†   (source)
  • Possibly, he postulated, it was "the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character unsusceptible of civilization."†   (source)
  • "It's rather far-fetched," Stone said, "to postulate debris from some extragalactic source other than—"†   (source)
  • Lateral truths point to the falseness of axioms and postulates underlying one's existing system of getting at truth.†   (source)
  • The gold foil that was found at the crime scene was probably used as a layer between the beryllium and polonium as we postulated before.†   (source)
  • This projection is based on controlled transmutation—any isotope into any other and postulating power for any reaction not exo-energetic.†   (source)
  • General Isham is postulating about supposed 'certainties' and other events which either did not occur or have yet to be proved in this court.†   (source)
  • A tiny Ligurian had postulated that movement across nocturnal terrain occurred in three categories: points, scales, and plates.†   (source)
  • If Mr. Vernon's company continues to build the SAPL at its current rate, given its new{libber, Tray and the capability to build mirrors more powerful than the VDA, by the time I would postulate direct conflict between the Earth and Rangora, any Rangora fleet that passes the gate will he shredded.†   (source)
  • I speculated with a kind of wonder on the strength of the individuality of journeys and stopped on the postulate that people don't take trips—trips take people.†   (source)
  • If we postulate, and we just have, that within un-, sub— or supernatural forces the probability is that the law of probability will not operate as a factor, then we must accept that the probability of the first part will not operate as a factor, in which case the law of probability will operate as a factor within un-, sub— or supernatural forces.†   (source)
  • lames Clerk Maxwell, explained Koteks, a famous Scotch scientist who had once postulated a tiny intelligence, known as Maxwell's Demon.†   (source)
  • In any event, I was skeptical about the happy relationship which Ootek postulated as existing between caribou and wolf.†   (source)
  • Scientists postulate that initially weightless particles move through a ubiquitous quantum field.
  • Freud was not the first to postulate the unconscious.
  • it sometimes happened that the more reasonable a student was in mathematics, the more unreasonable she was in the affairs of real life, concerning which few trustworthy postulates have yet been ascertained.   (source)
  • To 'postulate' something is to assume something that cannot be proved.†   (source)
  • You perhaps remember that he had to 'assume'or 'postulate' that man has a free will.†   (source)
  • Of course, Einstein had postulated that time was relative, and he supposed that could explain it.†   (source)
  • No doubt he is the tribal chief or prince that reports have postulated.†   (source)
  • Postulates defy proof and yet they are essential to reason.†   (source)
  • That's because reason depends on postulates.†   (source)
  • Yet the basic difference between Nevian customs and yours lies in only one postulate.†   (source)
  • Postulating then some militant faction proclaiming the great moment finally at hand.†   (source)
  • Postulate means —†   (source)
  • By a 'practical postulate,' Kant meant something that had to be assumed for the sake of 'praxis,' or practice; that is to say, for man's morality.†   (source)
  • I started to think a lot about infinity, and what it was like there, and how all the postulates and theorems and principles were true across all the universe.†   (source)
  • It had long been sought in vain, he said, to demonstrate the axiom known as Euclid's fifth postulate and this search was the start of the crisis.†   (source)
  • But Appleby had his hands on the prison health records and they showed what we had not known before: Genet was also a silent carrier of hepatitis B. She contracted it (or so the prison doctor postulated) from an improperly sterilized needle or a transfusion or a tattoo when she was in the field in Eritrea; she could also have acquired it sexually.†   (source)
  • Mr. Hartsfield waved away my questions about how to calculate and compare flat areas (the fins) and curved surfaces (the casement) to first immerse us in Euclidean geometry and all of its axioms and postulates and proofs.†   (source)
  • One of the men in a recent meeting postulated that it would be unfortunate, even dangerous, for the government, if the blacks fell into harm's way before the court system was done with them and they could be returned to Spain.†   (source)
  • So they reversed Euclid's postulate.†   (source)
  • God is a postulate.†   (source)
  • Thus by his failure to find any contradictions he proves that the fifth postulate is irreducible to simpler axioms.†   (source)
  • Euclid's postulate of parallels, which states that through a given point there's not more than one parallel line to a given straight line, we usually learn in tenth-grade geometry.†   (source)
  • You believe in entropy, which postulates that all phenomena tend to sink to lower levels of organization and energy, and in evolution, which postulates that the history of life has been just the opposite.†   (source)
  • They did this by reasoning that if there were any way to reduce Euclid's postulate to other, surer axioms, another effect would also be noticeable: a reversal of Euclid's postulate would create logical contradictions in the geometry.†   (source)
  • Finally, in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, and almost at the same time, a Hungarian and a Russian...Bolyai and Lobachevski...established irrefutably that a proof of Euclid's fifth postulate is impossible.†   (source)
  • A German named Riemann appeared with another unshakable system of geometry which throws overboard not only Euclid's postulate, but also the first axiom, which states that only one straight line can pass through two points.†   (source)
  • Thus it is that the postulates can remain rigorously true even though the experimental laws that have determined their adoption are only approximative.†   (source)
  • If miracles were, as Jesus Arrabal had postulated years ago on the beach at Mazatlan, intrusions into this world from another, a kiss of cosmic pool balls, then so must be each of the night's post horns.†   (source)
  • It was imperative that there be postulated against what or whom Ross's crimes had been committed.†   (source)
  • But you've got to stick to one set of postulates.†   (source)
  • Just a second, a flicker, allowing the black to rise in its final moment and make him turn upon that on which he had postulated his hope of salvation.†   (source)
  • He became rather technical; spoke of the abnormal endocrine co-ordination which made men grow so slowly; postulated a germinal mutation to account for it.†   (source)
  • And this: the fact that even an undefined and never-spoken engagement survived, speaking well for the postulation that they did love one another, since during that two days mere romance would have perished, died of sheer saccharinity and opportunity.†   (source)
  • And he had gone too far now, but it was too late to stop; he sat there and looked at that still face which had no more expression that Judith's, nothing of hope nor pain: just sullen and inscrutable and looking down at the calloused womanish hands with their cracked nails which held the money while your grandfather thought how he could not say 'Miss Judith', since that would postulate the blood more than ever.†   (source)
  • no wrinkle to show—the same smooth, almost girlish face on the pillow (though Miss Rosa now discovered that Ellen had been dyeing her hair evidently for years), the same almost plump soft (though now unringed) hands on the coverlet, and only the bafflement in the dark uncomprehending eyes to indicate anything of present life by which to postulate approaching death as she asked the seventeen-year-old sister (Henry up to now was just vanished, his birthright voluntarily repudiated; he had not yet returned to play his final part in his family's doom—and this, your grandfather said, spared Ellen too, not that it would have been the crushing and crowning blow but that it would have been waste†   (source)
  • She postulated the elapsed years during which no honeymoon nor any change had taken place, out of which the (now) five faces looked with a sort of lifeless and perennial bloom like painted portraits hung in a vacuum, each taken at its forewarned peak and smoothed of all thought and experience, the originals of which had lived and died so long ago that their joys and griefs must now be forgotten even by the very boards on which they had strutted and postured and laughed and wept.†   (source)
  • I can see him corrupting Henry gradually into the purlieus of elegance, with no foreword, no warning, the postulation to come after the fact, exposing Henry slowly to the surface aspect—the architecture a little curious, a little femininely flamboyant and therefore to Henry opulent, sensuous, sinful; the inference of great and easy wealth measured by steamboat loads in place of a tedious inching of sweating human figures across cotton fields; the flash an†   (source)
  • of human flesh bred of the two races for that sale—corridor of doomed and tragic flower faces walled between the grim duenna row of old women and the elegant shapes of young men trim predatory and (at the moment) goatlike: this seen by Henry quickly, exposed quickly and then removed, the mentor's voice still bland, pleasant, cryptic, postulating still the fact of one man of the world talking to another about something they both understand, depending upon, counting upon still, the puritan's provincial horror of revealing surprise or ignorance, who knew Henry so much better than Henry knew him, and Henry not showing either, suppressing still that first cry of terror and grief, /wil†   (source)
  • and project upward something—not soul, not spirit, but something rather of a profoundly attentive and distracted listening to or for something which I myself could not hear and was not intended to hear—a brooding awareness and acceptance of the inexplicable unseen inherited from an older and a purer race than mine, which created postulated and shaped in the empty air between us that which I believed I had come to find (nay, which I must find, else breathing and standing there, I would have denied that I was ever born): —that bedroom long-closed and musty, that sheetless bed (that nuptial couch of love and grief) with the pale and bloody corpse in its patched and weathered gra†   (source)
  • "A very unreasonable postulate," said the metaphysicians, "and a plain begging of the question.†   (source)
  • You must postulate that what she desired above all things was to keep a shut mouth to the world; to Edward and to the women that he loved.†   (source)
  • This, however, is but one yarn, yet with interruptions affording some measure of relief; and in regard to the listeners' endurance, the postulate must be accepted that the story was interesting.†   (source)
  • All in all, this is nothing less than the old argument over which came first, the chicken or the egg, an argument that is so extraordinarily perplexing because of two facts: first, we cannot imagine an egg that has not been laid by a hen; and second, no hen exists that has not crept out of a postulated egg.†   (source)
  • The axioms and postulates of that dreary mimanthropometry are so well known that it is almost impossible for its slaves to write tolerable last acts to their plays, so conventionally do their conclusions follow from their premises.†   (source)
  • But to arrive at these laws, resulting from the sum of all those human wills, man's mind postulates arbitrary and disconnected units.†   (source)
  • Postulating some generalization as the goal of the movement of humanity, the historians study the men of whom the greatest number of monuments have remained: kings, ministers, generals, authors, reformers, popes, and journalists, to the extent to which in their opinion these persons have promoted or hindered that abstraction.†   (source)
  • Instead of the former divinely appointed aims of the Jewish, Greek, or Roman nations, which ancient historians regarded as representing the progress of humanity, modern history has postulated its own aims—the welfare of the French, German, or English people, or, in its highest abstraction, the welfare and civilization of humanity in general, by which is usually meant that of the peoples occupying a small northwesterly portion of a large continent.†   (source)
  • It was effaced as easily as it had been evoked by an allocution from Mr Candidate Mulligan in that vein of pleasantry which none better than he knew how to affect, postulating as the supremest object of desire a nice clean old man.†   (source)
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