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"It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience."

https://libquotes.com/albert-einstein/quote/lbq2r0z

What does "scarcely" mean here?

What does the whole quote mean?

What does "it" refer to in "It can scarcely..."?

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JigneshbharatiWhat does "scarcely" mean here?

It is understatement. It cannot be denied that the supreme goal ….

JigneshbharatiWhat does the whole quote mean?

A theory should be simple and not ignore anything just because it doesn't fit.

JigneshbharatiWhat does "it" refer to in "It can scarcely..."?

It refers to the whole "that" clause.