In existographies, William Rankine (135-83 BE) (1820-1872 ACM) (IQ:180|#87) (ID:3.46|52) (RGM:679|1,350+] (FET:2) (PR:7,322|65AE / engineer:28) (CR:107) (LH:10) (TL:122|#98) was a Scottish engineer, physicist, mathematician, and philosopher, noted for 
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The following are quotes by Rankine:
- “Let x denote beauty, y, manners well-bred, z, fortune, this last is essential. Let L stand for love — our philosopher said — then L is a function of x, y, and z, of the kind which is known as potential.”
- — William Rankine (c.1845), “The Mathematician in Love” 
- “Discrepancy between theory and practice, which in sound physical and mechanical science is delusion, has a real existence in the minds of men; and that fallacy, though rejected by their judgments, continues to exert and influence over their acts.”
- — William Rankine (1856), Introductory Lecture on the Harmony of Theory and Practice in Mechanics (pgs. 4-5) 
- William Rankine – Hmolpedia 2020.