The physicist Edmund Whittaker, however, has reminded us that the basic laws of science are indeed principles of impotence, that is, they state what ... It is difficult for many persons, as Freud noted, to put aside the principle of omnipotence characteristic of human infancy. ... Hoselitz, Glencoe, 1952, pp. ... 18. Theodore H . White, aquot;U.S. Science: The Troubled Quest, aquot; The Reporter, Vol. 11, Sept. 14, 1954, p. 14. 19. Lewis S. Feuer, aquot;University Marxism, aquot; Problems of Communism, Vol.