Clarence Crane Brinton, 1898 - 1968
Born: 1898, Winsted, Connecticut
Died: 7 September 1968, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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- Like most of my generation, I have had to try to swallow Freud, Pavlov, Marx, and Pareto, as well as the more indigestible lumps which are not books, but experience...I think I have kept to the basic belief of my youth in the rightness — do I really wish to put it as righteousness? — of human reason. You may write me down as born in the eighteenth century and yet not too umcomfortable — not at any rate schizophrenic — in the mid-twentieth. permalink
25-year report of his Harvard class (1944)
- Neither the historian nor the cartographer can ever reproduce the reality they are trying to communicate to the reader of books or maps; they can but give a plan, a series of indications, of this reality. There are contrasting schemes for choosing from enormous numbers of geographic details. You may have a map in which every feature that can be named, every hill, brook, crossroads, is crowded in; or you may have a map in which many details are omitted in the effort to show the reader the lay of the land, the shape of the mountain systems, the relations of drainage, relief, communications, and so on. Both kinds are useful, depending on the needs of the user. permalink
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