Variations-on-Ockhams-Razor

There are three citations which vie for credit as being the origin of Ockham's razor, sometimes referred to as the law of parsimony. Each of the citations has a slightly different flavor and they are good examples of translation nuances.

  • "Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate"
  • "One should never resort to using many things unless it's necessary."
  • "entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem"
  • "entities shouldn't be multiplied beyond necessity"
  • "pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate"
  • "One shouldn't resort to using many things unless it's necessary."
  • "Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora"
  • "It is frustrating to do something using many things, when the task can be done with just a few things."

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