# Peter Guthrie Tait

Scottish mathematical physicist (1831–1901)

**Peter Guthrie Tait** (28 April 1831 – 4 July 1901) was a Scottish mathematical physicist, best known for the seminal energy physics textbook Treatise on Natural Philosophy, which he co-wrote with Kelvin, and his early investigations into knot theory, which contributed to the eventual formation of topology as a mathematical discipline.

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## Quotes

edit- Oh, that's nothing – I could coach a coal scuttle to be Senior Wrangler.
- when complimented about coaching his one pupil scoring higher than his rival's pupils at Peterhouse Tripos, as quoted by Cargill Gilston Knott (1911).
*Life and scientific work of Peter Guthrie Tait*. Cambridge University Press. p. 11.

- when complimented about coaching his one pupil scoring higher than his rival's pupils at Peterhouse Tripos, as quoted by Cargill Gilston Knott (1911).

- [Examiners] spend their lives in discovering which pages of a text-book a man ought to read and which will not be likely to 'pay'.
- in an address to the University of Edinburgh graduates, as quoted by Cargill Gilston Knott (1911).
*Life and scientific work of Peter Guthrie Tait*. Cambridge University Press. p. 11.

- in an address to the University of Edinburgh graduates, as quoted by Cargill Gilston Knott (1911).

- The next grand extensions of mathematical physics will, in all likelihood, be furnished by quaternions.
- in
*Note on a Quaternion Transformation*, Communication read on Monday, 6th April, 1863, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1866), p. 117.

- in