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Science Quotes by Roger Ascham, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Charles Polanyi, Steve Squyres, Mehmet Murat Ildan and many others.

Learning teacheth more in one year than experience in twenty.
Roger Ascham
One can not impede scientific progress.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
It is much better to learn the elements of geology, of botany, or ornithology and astronomy by word of mouth from a companion than dully from a book.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover things that can be used for good.
John Charles Polanyi
That’s really what science is just trying to figure stuff out, and I like figuring stuff out.
Steve Squyres
Mankind has one great habit, a bad habit: To create rules on behalf of God! Unless A God appears on the sky and says ‘Here are the rules,’ do not take any rule serious! Remember that in this universe, there is no port that you can take refuge apart from the reason and the science!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Surely the mitochondrion that first entered another cell was not thinking about the future benefits of cooperation and integration; it was merely trying to make its own living in a tough Darwinian world
Stephen Jay Gould
Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
Eric Temple Bell
The main conclusion arrived at in this work, namely that man is descended from some lowly-organised form, will, I regret to think, be highly distasteful to many persons. But there can hardly be a doubt that we are descended from barbarians.
Charles Darwin
To mean understandings, it is sufficient honour to be numbered amongst the lowest labourers of learning; but different abilities must find different tasks. To hew stone, would have been unworthy of Palladio; and to have rambled in search of shells and flowers, had but ill suited with the capacity of Newton.
Samuel Johnson
All geologic history is full of the beginning and the ends of species-of their first and last days; but it exhibits no genealogies of development.
Hugh Miller
If even in science there is no a way of judging a theory but by assessing the number, faith and vocal energy of its supporters, then this must be even more so in the social sciences: truth lies in power.
Imre Lakatos
You create time by joining events together. But they don’t join together; there’s no separativity.
Frederick Lenz
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.
Galileo Galilei
Every science is a profane restatement of the preceding dogmas of the religious period
Francis Parker Yockey
Do not try the parallels in that way: I know that way all along. I have measured that bottomless night, and all the light and all the joy of my life went out there.
Farkas Bolyai
Carl Sagan spoke fluently between biology and geology and astrophysics and physics. If you move fluently across those boundaries, you realize that science is everywhere; science is not something you can step around or sweep under the rug.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Isaac Asimov
Whenever truth stands in the mind unaccompanied by the evidence upon which it depends, it cannot properly be said to be apprehended at all.
William Godwin
Women and egoistic artists entertain a feeling towards science that is something composed of envy and sentimentality.
Friedrich Nietzsche
When I started secondary school, it was assumed that the girls would do domestic science and the boys would do science, and I wasn’t too happy with that.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
The greatest single achievement of nature to date was surely the invention of the molecule DNA.
Lewis Thomas
Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow’s problems flow.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Physical geography and geology are inseparable scientific twins.
Roderick Murchison
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
Mark Twain
It is, however, an argument of no weight to say that natural bodies are first generated or compounded out of those things into which they are at the last broken down or dissolved.
William Harvey
The idea of making a fault a subject of study and not an object to be merely determined has been the most important step in the course of my methods of observation. If I have obtained some new results it is to this that I owe it.
Marcel Alexandre Bertrand
To me, mathematics, computer science, and the arts are insanely related. They’re all creative expressions.
Sebastian Thrun
There is no area of the world that should not be investigated by scientists. There will always remain some questions that have not been answered. In general, these are the questions that have not yet been posed.
Linus Pauling
God is the absolute truth…
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly.
Linus Pauling
And teach me how To name the bigger light, and how the less, That burn by day and night.
William Shakespeare
The voyage of the Beagle has been by far the most important event in my life and has determined my whole career; yet it depended on so small a circumstance as my uncle offering to drive me 30 miles to Shrewsbury, which few uncles would have done, and on such a trifle as the shape of my nose.
Charles Darwin
You must not blame us scientists for the use which war technicians have put our discoveries.
Lise Meitner
I am a professor at the computer science department, but I don’t know how to use a computer, not even for Email.
Endre Szemeredi
He who sees things grow from the beginning will have the best view of them.
MIND, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavour to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with.
Ambrose Bierce
Men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise.
H. G. Wells
Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
Henri Frederic Amiel
The history of science teaches only too plainly the lesson that no single method is absolutely to be relied upon, that sources of error lurk where they are least expected, and that they may escape the notice of the most experienced and conscientious worker.
John William Strutt
I was a reasonably good student in college … My chief interests were scientific. When I entered college, I was devoted to out-of-doors natural history, and my ambition was to be a scientific man of the Audubon, or Wilson, or Baird, or Coues type-a man like Hart Merriam, or Frank Chapman, or Hornaday, to-day.
Theodore Roosevelt
About two million years ago, man appeared. He has become the dominant species on the earth. All other living things, animal and plant, live by his sufferance. He is the custodian of life on earth, and in the solar system. It’s a big responsibility.
George Wald
The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later.
One can’t be of an enquiring and experimental nature, and still be very sensible.
Charles Fort
If you want to understand human beings, there are plenty of people to go to besides psychologists…. Most of these people are incapable of communicating their knowledge, but those who can communicate it are novelists. They are good novelists precisely because they are good psychologists.
Anthony Standen
It is on record that when a young aspirant asked Faraday the secret of his success as a scientific investigator, he replied, ‘The secret is comprised in three words- Work, Finish, Publish.’
Michael Faraday
Gentlemen, that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don’t know what it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it must be the truth.
Benjamin Peirce
With every throb of the climatic pulse which we have felt in Central Asia,, the centre of civilisation has moved this way and that. Each throb has sent pain and decay to the lands whose day was done, life and vigour to those whose day was yet to be.
Ellsworth Huntington
The sciences throw an inexpressible grace over our compositions, even where they are not immediately concerned; as their effects are discernible where we least expect to find them.
The law of the heart is thus the same as the law of muscular tissue generally, that the energy of contraction, however measured, is a function of the length of the muscle fibre.
Ernest Starling
The best way to learn to swim is to dive.
Henri Jules Louis Marie Rendu
In true natural selection, if a body has what it takes to survive, its genes automatically survive because they are inside it. So the genes that survive tend to be, automatically, those genes that confer on bodies the qualities that assist them to survive.
Richard Dawkins
The seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well-prepared to receive them.
Joseph Henry
No experimental result can ever kill a theory: any theory can be saved from counterinstances either by some auxiliary hypothesis or by a suitable reinterpretation of its terms.
Imre Lakatos
No, it is a very interesting number, it is the smallest number expressible as a sum of two cubes in two different ways.
Srinivasa Ramanujan
National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic or religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.
Carl Sagan
[In plotting earthquake measurements] the range between the largest and smallest magnitudes seemed unmanageably large. Dr. Beno Gutenberg then made the natural suggestion to plot the amplitudes logarithmically.
Charles Francis Richter
No problem is so formidable that you can’t walk away from it.
Charles M. Schulz
The only weapon with which the unconscious patient can immediately retaliate upon the incompetent surgeon is hemorrhage.
William Stewart Halsted
Science doesn’t care, by and large, what the answers are. It’s only interested in getting the right answer. And journalism should be very much that way.
Scott Pelley
Where would we be without science? Sure, those boffins may have come up with occasionally handy items such as life-saving medicine, air travel and the internet, but science is also guilty of some terrible things, like eugenics and Jordan’s breasts.
Ian O’Doherty
Mystics understand the roots of the Tao but not its branches; scientists understand its branches but not its roots. Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but man needs both.
Fritjof Capra
Do you remember how electrical currents and ‘unseen waves’ were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.
Albert Einstein
Life is the twofold internal movement of composition and decomposition at once general and continuous.
Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
Bertrand Russell
Science for me is very close to art. Scientific discovery is an irrational act. It’s an intuition which turns out to be reality at the end of it-and I see no difference between a scientist developing a marvellous discovery and an artist making a painting.
Carlo Rubbia
I suggest that the best geologist is he who has seen most rocks.
Herbert Harold Read
We must have the real thing before we can have a science of a thing.
James Anthony Froude
Jurisdictions across the U.S. are snapping up algorithms as tools to help judges make bail and bond decisions. They’re being sold as race- and gender-neutral assessments that allow judges to use science in determining whether someone will behave if released from jail pending trial.
John Kennedy
Truth was the only daughter of Time.
Leonardo da Vinci
Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option…they will become a necessity.
Fujio Cho
Let us advance science to create a better world for all.
Dan Shechtman
A habit of basing convictions upon evidence, and of giving to them only that degree or certainty which the evidence warrants, would, if it became general, cure most of the ills from which the world suffers.
Bertrand Russell
Science is organized knowledge.
Herbert Spencer
The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
Omar N. Bradley
Let Nature be your teacher
William Wordsworth
Babbage … gave the name to the [Cambridge] Analytical Society, which he stated was formed to advocate ‘the principles of pure d-ism as opposed to the dot-age of the university.’
W. W. Rouse Ball
The spirit of science is not to prejudge, but to give any honest query a fair shake.
Allen Wheelis
Detest it as lewd intercourse, it can deprive you of all your leisure, your health, your rest, and the whole happiness of your life.
Having himself spent a lifetime unsuccessfully trying to prove Euclid’s postulate that parallel lines do not meet, Farkas discouraged his son JГЎnos from any further attempt.
Farkas Bolyai
Somebody is always reflectively monkeying with some of the parts of an infinite universe – monkeying as distinct from aping.
Willis R. Whitney
The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.
Robert A. Heinlein
Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.
Jean Rostand
We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.
Katherine Johnson
The true Logic for this world is the Calculus of Probabilities, which takes account of the magnitude of the probability.
James Clerk Maxwell
Certainlie these things agree, The Priest, the Lawyer, & Death all three: Death takes both the weak and the strong. The lawyer takes from both right and wrong, And the priest from living and dead has his Fee.
Benjamin Franklin
The anthropologists are busy, indeed, and ready to transport us back into the savage forest where all human things … have their beginnings; but the seed never explains the flower.
Edith Hamilton
Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it.
Niels Bohr
We must take the abiding spiritual values which inhere in the deep experiences of religion in all ages and give them new expression in terms of the framework which our new knowledge gives us. Science forces religion to deal with new ideas in the theoretical realm and new forces in the practical realm.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which man will never be able to cope.
Simon Newcomb
Science was born as a result and consequence of philosophy; it cannot survive without a philosophical base. If philosophy perishes, science will be next to go.
Ayn Rand
The harmony of the world is made manifest in Form and Number, and the heart and soul and all the poetry of Natural Philosophy are embodied in the concept of mathematical beauty.
D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson
All over China, parents tell their children to stop complaining and to finish their quadratic equations and trigonometric functions because there are sixty-five million American kids going to bed with no math at all.
Michael Cunningham
Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
George Bernard Shaw
But, in truth, the existing premises, wholly altered by geologic science, are no longer those of Hume. The footprint on the sand — to refer to his happy illustration — does not now stand alone. Instead of one, we see many footprints, each in turn in advance of the print behind it, and on a higher level.
Hugh Miller
Reply when questioned on the safety of the polio vaccine he developed: It is safe, and you can’t get safer than safe.
Jonas Salk
It’s a combination of science, maintenance, and general housekeeping. And then, occasionally, robotics activities or a spacewalk you might get to do.
Scott Kelly
Above, far above the prejudices and passions of men soar the laws of nature. Eternal and immutable, they are the expression of the creative power they represent what is, what must be, what otherwise could not be. Man can come to understand the: he is incapable of changing them.
Vilfredo Pareto
Eternity’s a terrible thought. I mean, where’s it all going to end?
Tom Stoppard
This is a mighty wonder: in the discharge from the lungs alone, which is not particularly dangerous, the patients do not despair of themselves, even although near the last. Concerning Tuberculosis.
Aretaeus of Cappadocia
What is a good definition? For the philosopher or the scientist, it is a definition which applies to all the objects to be defined, and applies only to them; it is that which satisfies the rules of logic. But in education it is not that; it is one that can be understood by the pupils.
Henri Poincare
The human mind has first to construct forms, independently, before we can find them in things.
Albert Einstein
The Engineer is one who, in the world of physics and applied sciences, begets new things, or adapts old things to new and better uses; above all, one who, in that field, attains new results in the best way and at lowest cost.
Henry R. Towne
The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yer face while it picks yer pocket; and the glorious uncertainty of it is of mair use to the professors than the justice of it.
Charles Macklin
A fact is like a sack which won’t stand up if it’s empty. In order that it may stand up, one has to put into it the reason and sentiment which caused it to exist.
Luigi Pirandello
A man would have to be an idiot to write a book of laws for an apple tree telling it to bear apples and not thorns, seeing that the apple-tree will do it naturally and far better than any laws or teaching can prescribe.
Martin Luther
Weapons of mass destruction aren’t pulled out of a black hat like a white rabbit at a magic show. They’re produced in factories. There’s science and technology involved. They’re not produced in a hole in the ground or in a basement.
Scott Ritter
Nature in her unfathomable designs had mixed us of clay and flame, of brain and mind, that the two things hang indubitably together and determine each other’s being but how or why, no mortal may ever know.
William James
Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the whole world over – except when they are different.
Nancy Banks Smith
Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.
Alan Valentine
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
Albert Einstein
The calculus of probabilities, when confined within just limits, ought to interest, in an equal degree, the mathematician, the experimentalist, and the statesman.
Francois Arago
Incontrovertible is not a scientific word. Nothing is incontrovertible in science.
Ivar Giaever
Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies. With either we dispense with the need for reflection.
Henri Poincare
I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.
Marie Curie
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
Albert Einstein
Pursue science because it is knowledge, because it broadens our horizons. There is so much more to be discovered.
Gerhard Herzberg
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Benjamin Disraeli
Wherever modern Science has exploded a superstitious fable or even a picturesque error, she has replaced it with a grander and even more poetical truth.
George Perkins Marsh
In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken…”
Carl Sagan
Science is not a collection of facts; it is a process of discovery.
Robert Zubrin
Computers are the central access; information processing based on a spiral network, similar to that which is the chaos of existence itself, the analysis of systems, the interlocking lokas.
Frederick Lenz
It seems to me that the poet has only to perceive that which others do not perceive, to look deeper than others look. And the mathematician must do the same thing.
Sofia Kovalevskaya
It is hardly possible to maintain seriously that the evil done by science is not altogether outweighed by the good. For example, if ten million lives were lost in every war, the net effect of science would still have been to increase the average length of life.
G. H. Hardy
A surprising number [of novels] have been read aloud to me, and I like all if moderately good, and if they do not end unhappily-against which a law ought to be passed.
Charles Darwin
If two things don’t fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must be a third thing that connects them, that’s credulity.
Umberto Eco
A cell is regarded as the true biological atom.
George Henry Lewes
Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.
Thomas Huxley
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
Physics is very muddled again at the moment; it is much too hard for me anyway, and I wish I were a movie comedian or something like that and had never heard anything about physics!
Wolfgang Pauli
A premature attempt to explain something that thrills you will destroy your perceptivity rather than increase it, because your tendency will be to explain away rather than seek out.
Edwin Land
If your news must be bad, tell it soberly and promptly.
Henry Howarth Bashford
If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Science is not a body of facts. Science is a state of mind. It is a way of viewing the world, of facing reality square on but taking nothing on its face. It is about attacking a problem with the most manicured of claws and tearing it down into sensible, edible pieces.
Natalie Angier
Problems are the price of progress. Don’t bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.
Charles Kettering
The fact remains that, if the supply of energy failed, modern civilization would come to an end as abruptly as does the music of an organ deprived of wind.
Frederick Soddy
Everyone has a hidden agenda. Except me!
Michael Crichton
I just bought a Mac to help me design the next Cray.
Seymour Cray
Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you had better find out which one it is. It makes an awful lot of difference.
Charles Kettering
Invention breeds invention. No sooner is the electric telegraph devised than gutta-percha, the very material it requires, is found. The aeronaut is provided with gun-cotton, the very fuel he wants for his balloon.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.
Jonathan Swift
Science sees signs; Poetry, the thing signified.
Co-author with his brother Julius Hare.
Augustus William Hare
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.
Thomas Huxley
Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.
Thomas Huxley
Chance throws peculiar conditions in everyone’s way. If we apply intelligence, patience and special vision, we are rewarded with new creative breakthroughs.
Walter Bradford Cannon
The scientist is indistinguishable from the common man in his sense of evidence, except that the scientist is more careful.
Willard Van Orman Quine
Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.
Stephen Jay Gould
Nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist, than a journey in a distant country.
Charles Darwin
The two fulcra of medicine are reason and observation. Observation is the clue to guide the physician in his thinking.
Giorgio Baglivi
Science finds it methods.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I wished by treating Psychology like a natural science, to help her become one.
William James
In the beginning the gods did not at all reveal all things clearly to mortals, but by searching men in the course of time find them out better.
I rarely plan my research; it plans me.
Max Perutz
Prediction is difficult, especially the future.
Niels Bohr
The really important questions in human life are hardly touched upon by psychologists. Do liars come to believe their own lies? Is pleasure the same as happiness? Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved, or not to be able to love?
Anthony Standen
The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
Albert Einstein
The effort to reconcile science and religion is almost always made, not by theologians, but by scientists unable to shake off altogether the piety absorbed with their mother’s milk.
H. L. Mencken
A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.
George Wald
What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.
Steve Jobs
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
Carl Sagan
Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.
Aldous Huxley
Modern mathematics, that most astounding of intellectual creations, has projected the mind’s eye through infinite time and the mind’s hand into boundless space.
Nicholas Murray Butler
In the natural sciences, and particularly in chemistry, generalities must come after the detailed knowledge of each fact and not before it.
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
Magnetic lines of force convey a far better and purer idea than the phrase magnetic current or magnetic flood: it avoids the assumption of a current or of two currents and also of fluids or a fluid, yet conveys a full and useful pictorial idea to the mind.
Michael Faraday
Laplace would have found it child’s-play to fix a ratio of progression in mathematical science between Descartes, Leibnitz, Newton and himself
Henry Adams
Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.
Cyril Connolly
A science or an art may be said to be “useful” if its development increases, even indirectly, the material well-being and comfort of men, it promotes happiness, using that word in a crude and commonplace way.
G. H. Hardy
The purpose of models is not to fit the data but to sharpen the question.
Samuel Karlin
It is essential for genetic material to be able to make exact copies of itself; otherwise growth would produce disorder, life could not originate, and favourable forms would not be perpetuated by natural selection.
Maurice Wilkins
It will be! the mass is working clearer!
Conviction gathers, truer, nearer!
The mystery which for Man in Nature lies
We dare to test, by knowledge led;
And that which she was wont to organize
We crystallize, instead.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is no likelihood that man can ever tap the power of the atom
Robert Andrews Millikan
Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.
John Lahr
The prodigious waste of human life occasioned by this perpetual struggle for room and food, was more than supplied by the mighty power of population, acting, in some degree, unshackled, from the constant habit of emigration.
Thomas Malthus
The mass starts into a million suns; Earths round each sun with quick explosions burst, And second planets issue from the first.
Erasmus Darwin
Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio. A slight acquaintance with numbers will shew the immensity of the first power in comparison of the second.
Thomas Malthus
Some persons have contended that mathematics ought to be taught by making the illustrations obvious to the senses. Nothing can be more absurd or injurious: it ought to be our never-ceasing effort to make people think, not feel.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Beware of the problem of testing too many hypotheses; the more you torture the data, the more likely they are to confess, but confessions obtained under duress may not be admissible in the court of scientific opinion.
Stephen Stigler
Music is science more than art, and it is the main code of the universe.
Think for yourself and question authority.
Timothy Leary
The scientific mind is atrophied, and suffers under inherited cerebral weakness, when it comes in contact with the eternal woman–Astarte, Isis, Demeter, Aphrodite, and the last and greatest deity of all, the Virgin.
Henry Adams
It is only certain that there is nothing certain, and that nothing is more miserable or more proud than man.
Michel de Montaigne
Religion divides us, while it is our human characteristics that bind us to each other.
Hermann Bondi
We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.
Charles Darwin
One of the chief triumphs of modern mathematics consists in having discovered what mathematics really is.
Bertrand Russell
Every time someone dies as a result of floods in Bangladesh, an airline executive should be dragged out of his office and drowned.
George Monbiot
The history of science is a record of the transformations of contempts amd amusements.
Charles Fort
Ask an impertinent question and you are on the way to the pertinent answer.
Jacob Bronowski
One factor that has remained constant through all the twists and turns of the history of physical science is the decisive importance of the mathematical imagination.
Freeman Dyson
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
Marcus Aurelius
I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.
William Congreve
Building up arms is not a substitute for diplomacy.
Samuel Pisar
And as I had my father’s kind of mind-which was also his mother’s-I learned that the mind is not sex-typed.
Margaret Mead
We ourselves are the entities to be analyzed.
Martin Heidegger
It is my intent to beget a good understanding between the chymists and the mechanical philosophers who have hitherto been too little acquainted with one another’s learning.
Robert Boyle
Fashion is more about feel than science.
Pharrell Williams
The cutting of primeval forest and other disasters, fueled by the demands of growing human populations, are the overriding threat to biological diversity everywhere.
E. O. Wilson
I see I have made my self a slave to Philosophy.
Isaac Newton
The moving power of mathematical invention is not reasoning but imagination.
Augustus De Morgan
HOMOEOPATHY, n. A school of medicine midway between Allopathy and Christian Science. To the last both the others are distinctly inferior, for Christian Science will cure imaginary diseases, and they can not.
Ambrose Bierce
Civilization no longer needs to open up wilderness; it needs wilderness to help open up the still largely unexplored human mind.
David Wallace
I don’t know all the reasons for these achievements, but I know that I love what I do and I have never wanted to rest on my laurels.
Ahmed H. Zewail
It might be said that all knowledge is linked to the essential forms of cruelty.
Michel Foucault
I am not, personally, a believer or a religious man in any sense of institutional commitment or practice. But I have a great respect for religion, and the subject has always fascinated me, beyond almost all others (with a few exceptions, like evolution and paleontology).
Stephen Jay Gould
The insidiousness of science lies in its claim to be not a subject, but a method. You could ignore a subject; no subject is all-inclusive. But a method can plausibly be applied to anything within the field of consciousness.
Katharine Fullerton Gerould
The techniques have galloped ahead of the concepts. We have moved away from studying the complexity of the organism; from processes and organisation to composition.
James Black
Intellect is void of affection and sees an object as it stands in the light of science, cool and disengaged. The intellect goes out of the individual, floats over its own personality, and regards it as a fact, and not as I and mine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every human activity, good or bad, except mathematics, must come to an end.
Paul Erdos
I do not conceive of any manifestation of culture, of science, of art, as purposes in themselves. I think the purpose of science and culture is man.
Fidel Castro
Astrology is a disease, not a science… It is a tree under the shadow of which all sorts of superstitions thrive. … Only fools and charlatans lend value to it.
It is astonishing how much the word infinitely is misused: everything is infinitely more beautiful, infinitely better, etc. The concept must have something pleasing about it, or its misuse could not have become so general.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
Nature appears not to have intended that any flower should be fertilized by its own pollen.
Christian Konrad Sprengel
I first read science fiction in the old British Chum annual when I was about 12 years old.
A. E. van Vogt
History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man’s spiritual nature, his earliest expression of what may be called thought.
Thomas Carlyle
If migraine patients have a common and legitimate second complaint besides their migraines, it is that they have not been listened to by physicians. Looked at, investigated, drugged, charged, but not listened to.
Oliver Sacks
Computer assisted proofs are getting better and better and computers will play a bigger and bigger role in the future.
Enrico Bombieri
My interest in chemistry was started by reading Robert Kennedy Duncan’s popular books while a high school student in Des Moines, Iowa, so that after some delay when it was possible for me to go to college I had definitely decided to specialize in chemistry.
Wallace Carothers
Fishing has been styled ‘a contemplative man’s recreation,’ … and science is only a more contemplative man’s recreation.
Henry David Thoreau
The physicist’s problem is the problem of ultimate origins and ultimate natural laws. The biologist’s problem is the problem of complexity.
Richard Dawkins
The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.
Ashley Montagu
Mind is not simply the collection of aggregate cells inside your brain. If you are only the grey matter, then when that dies, you won’t exist any more. It’s not that easy. You exist forever.
Frederick Lenz
Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.
Henry Ward Beecher
The theory of relativity worked out by Mr. Einstein, which is in the domain of natural science, I believe can also be applied to the political field. Both democracy and human rights are relative concepts – and not absolute and general.
Jiang Zemin
My best inorganic friend is science!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Either an ordered Universe or a medley heaped together mechanically but still an order; or can order subsist in you and disorder in the Whole! And that, too, when all things are so distinguished and yet intermingled and sympathetic.
Marcus Aurelius
Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting.
Vera Rubin
To mix science up with philosophy is only to produce a philosophy that has lost all its ideal value and a science that has lost all its practical value. It is for my private physician to tell me whether this or that food will kill me. It is for my private philosopher to tell me whether I ought to be killed.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The person who thought there could be any real conflict between science and religion must be either very young in science or ignorant of religion.
Joseph Henry
In science, nothing is ever 100% proven.
Michio Kaku
The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
Ruth Benedict
Scientific research was much like prospecting: you went out and you hunted, armed with your maps and instruments, but in the ened your preparations did not matter, or even your intuition. You needed your luck, and whatever benefits accrued to the diligent, through sheer, grinding hard work.
Michael Crichton
If science has no country, the scientist should have one, and ascribe to it the influence which his works may have in this world.
Louis Pasteur
A research problem is not solved by apparatus; it is solved in a man’s head.
Charles Kettering
The Russian Federation and the United States of America, the two biggest nuclear powers in the world, but apart from nuclear-wise, we have a lot in common. We have huge territories, natural resources, technologies, science, education, and of course human capital.
Sergei Lavrov
The historian of science may be tempted to exclaim that when paradigms change, the world itself changes with them.
Thomas Kuhn
The loveliest theories are being overthrown by these damned experiments; it’s no fun being a chemist anymore.
Justus von Liebig
Consider a cow. A cow doesn’t have the problem-solving skill of a chimpanzee, which has discovered how to get termites out of the ground by putting a stick into a hole. Evolution has developed the brain’s ability to solve puzzles, and at the same time has produced in our brain a pleasure of solving problems.
Martin Gardner
Use now and then a little Exercise a quarter of an Hour before Meals, as to swing a Weight, or swing your Arms about with a small Weight in each Hand; to leap, or the like, for that stirs the Muscles of the Breast.
Benjamin Franklin
If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.
Albert Einstein
We can’t all be Einstein (because we don’t all play the violin). At the very least, we need a sort of street-smart science: the ability to recognize evidence, gather it, assess it, and act on it.
Judith Stone
Industry is best at the intersection of science and art.
Edwin Land
In Science, it is when we take some interest in the great discoverers and their lives that it becomes endurable, and only when we begin to trace the development of ideas that it becomes fascinating.
James Clerk Maxwell
A fractal is a mathematical set or concrete object that is irregular or fragmented at all scales…
Benoit Mandelbrot
Know, Nature’s children all divide her care, The fur that warms a monarch warmed a bear.
Alexander Pope
For many doctors the achievement of a published article is a tedious duty to be surmounted as a necessary hurdle in a medical career.
Richard Asher
To my deep mortification my father once said to me, “You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family.”
Charles Darwin
The miracle of man is not how far he has sunk but how magnificently he has risen. We are known among the stars by our poems, not our corpses.
Robert Ardrey
I would teach the world that science is the best way to understand the world and that for any set of observations, there is only one correct explanation. Also, science is value-free, as it explains the world as it is. Ethical issues arise only when science is applied to technology – from medicine to industry.
Lewis Wolpert
Once human beings realize something can be done, they’re not satisfied until they’ve done it.
Frank Herbert
Our advanced and fashionable thinkers are, naturally, out on a wide swing of the pendulum, away from the previous swing of the pendulum…. They seem to have an un-argue-out-able position, as is the manner of sophists, but this is no guarantee that they are right.
Anthony Standen
Through seven figures come sensations for a man; there is hearing for sounds, sight for the visible, nostril for smell, tongue for pleasant or unpleasant tastes, mouth for speech, body for touch, passages outwards and inwards for hot or cold breath. Through these come knowledge or lack of it.
Evolution ever climbing after some ideal good,
And Reversion ever dragging Evolution in the mud.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
The study of geometry is a petty and idle exercise of the mind, if it is applied to no larger system than the starry one. Mathematics should be mixed not only with physics but with ethics; that is mixed mathematics.
Henry David Thoreau
I am honorary President of the American Humanist Society, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that utterly functionless capacity. We Humanists behave as well as we can, without any rewards or punishments in an Afterlife.
Kurt Vonnegut
Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science.
Walter Jon Williams
The Dark Ages may return-the Stone Age may return on the gleaming wings of Science; and what might now shower immeasureable material blessings upon mankind may even bring about its total destruction. Beware! I say. Time may be short.
Referring to the discovery of atomic energy.
Winston Churchill
Chaos is not disorder. Chaos is the totality of existence. You could call it God. You could use the term, the Tao. I like chaos. It means more to us in English. Chaos is all things, wild and wonderful, connected perfectly by the life force.
Frederick Lenz
There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.
Lord Kelvin
There will certainly be no lack of human pioneers when we have mastered the art of flight….Let us create vessels and sails justed to the heavenly ether, and there will be plenty of people unafraid of the empty wastes. In the meantime we shall prepare, for the brave sky-travelers, maps of the celestial bodies.
Johannes Kepler
Rockets are cool. There’s no getting around that.
Elon Musk
Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own.
Bertrand Russell
If the God of revelation is most appropriately worshipped in the temple of religion, the God of nature may be equally honored in the temple of science. Even from its lofty minarets the philosopher may summon the faithful to prayer, and the priest and sage exchange altars without the compromise of faith or knowledge.
David Brewster
APOTHECARY, n. The physician’s accomplice, undertaker’s benefactor and grave worm’s provider
Ambrose Bierce
I have made many mistakes myself; in learning the anatomy of the eye I dare say, I have spoiled a hatfull; the best surgeon, like the best general, is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
Astley Cooper
Doing an experiment is not more important than writing.
Edwin Boring
The sciences are said, and they are truly said, to have a mutual connection, that any one of them may be the better understood, for an insight into the rest.
Samuel Horsley
The mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with similar energy. It would not perhaps be too fanciful to say that a new idea is the most quickly acting antigen known to science.
Wilfred Trotter
One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.
Albert Einstein
The truth us that other systems of geometry are possible, yet after all, these other systems are not spaces but other methods of space measurements. There is one space only, though we may conceive of many different manifolds, which are contrivances or ideal constructions invented for the purpose of determining space.
Paul Carus
There is a conservation of matter and of energy, there may be a conservation of life; or if not of life, of something which transcends life.
Oliver Lodge
‘Snow White’ is an old fairy tale, so obviously the idea of vanity and obsession with youth is long-standing. With today’s science, people have become crazy with trying to move their face around. It’s bizarre.
Julia Roberts
Man is slightly nearer to the atom than to the star. … From his central position man can survey the grandest works of Nature with the astronomer, or the minutest works with the physicist. … [K]nowledge of the stars leads through the atom; and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars.
Arthur Eddington
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
Alexander Pope
Religion has ever been anti-human, anti-woman, anti-life, anti-peace, anti-reason and anti-science. The god idea has been detrimental not only to humankind but to the earth. It is time now for reason, education and science to take over.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair
This, however, seems to be certain: the ichor, that is, the material I have mentioned that finally becomes red, exists before the heart begins to beat, but the heart exists and even beats before the blood reddens.
Marcello Malpighi
Great healers, people of divine realization, do not cure by chance but by exact knowledge.
Paramahansa Yogananda
It is possible for science to make the world like the Garden of Eden! Amen. But it is also possible, and sometimes it seems more probable, that science will make the world a very good imitation of hell.
Maude Royden
The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanation of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be “Seek simplicity and distrust it.”
Alfred North Whitehead
Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.
Gertrude B. Elion
I know little about nature and hardly anything about men.
Albert Einstein
Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.
Leonhard Euler
In right-angled triangles the square on the side subtending the right angle is equal to the squares on the sides containing the right angle.
From the standpoint of observation, then, we must regard it as a highly probable hypothesis that the beginnings of the mental life date from as far back as the beginnings of life at large.
Wilhelm Wundt
I believe quite simply that the small company of the future will be as much a research organization as it is a manufacturing company.
Edwin Land
Genius finds its own road and carries its own lamp.
Robert Aris Willmott
It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labor of calculation which could be relegated to anyone else if machines were used.
Gottfried Leibniz
Bankers regard research as most dangerous a thing that makes banking hazardous due to the rapid changes it brings about in industry.
Charles Kettering
Logic is neither a science nor an art, but a dodge.
Benjamin Jowett
While that amendment failed, human cloning continues to advance and the breakthrough in this unethical and morally questionable science is around the corner.
Mike Pence
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Thomas Szasz
The whole question of imagination in science is often misunderstood by people in other disciplines. … They overlook the fact that whatever we are allowed to imagine in science must be consistent with everything else we know.
Richard P. Feynman
There is no time. There is no space. There is no condition. There is only awareness, awareness of these ideas.
Frederick Lenz
Art is science made flesh.
Jean Cocteau
Things that people learn purely out of curiosity can have a revolutionary effect on human affairs.
Frederick Seitz
Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.
Francis Bacon
Abstract work, if one wishes to do it well, must be allowed to destroy one’s humanity; one raises a monument which is at the same time a tomb, in which, voluntarily, one slowly inters oneself.
Bertrand Russell
If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?
Carl Sagan
Until I became a published writer, I remained completely ignorant of books on how to write and courses on the subject … they would have spoiled my natural style; made me observe caution; would have hedged me with rules.
Isaac Asimov
Precedents are treated by powerful minds as fetters with which to bind down the weak, as reasons with which to mistify the moderately informed, and as reeds which they themselves fearlessly break through whenever new combinations and difficult emergencies demand their highest efforts.
Charles Babbage
It is sometimes easier to circumvent prevailing difficulties [in science] rather than to attack them.
Jacobus Henricus van ‘t Hoff
This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.
Thomas Dekker
Science is a mechanism, a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature. It’s a system for testing your thoughts against the universe, and seeing whether they match.
Isaac Asimov
The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no in the endeavor of science. We do not know in advance who will discover fundamental insights.
Carl Sagan
Like no other science, astrophysics cross-pollinate s the expertise of chemists, biologists, geologists and physicists, all to discover the past, present, and future of the cosmos-and our humble place within it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
True poetry is truer than science, because it is synthetic, and seizes at once what the combination of all the sciences is able, at most, to attain as a final result.
Henri Frederic Amiel
I’ll teach you differences.
William Shakespeare
It seems to me that socialists today can preserve their position in academic economics merely by the pretense that the differences are entirely moral questions about which science cannot decide.
Friedrich August von Hayek
I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.
Rodney Dangerfield
When asked … [about] an underlying quantum world, Bohr would answer, ‘There is no quantum world. There is only an abstract quantum physical description. It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about Nature.’
Niels Bohr
Will our Philosophy to later Life
Seem but a crudeness of the planet’s youth,
Our Wisdom but a parasite of Truth?
Julian Huxley
There is no logical staircase running from the physics of 10-28 cm. to the physics of 1028 light-years.
Norwood Russell Hanson
This preservation of favourable variations and the destruction of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection, or the Survival of the Fittest. Variations neither useful nor injurious would not be affected by natural selection and would be left a fluctuating element.
Charles Darwin
You must not talk about ‘ain’t and can’t’ when you speak of this great wonderful world round you, of which the wisest man knows only the very smallest corner, and is, as the great Sir Isaac Newton said, only a child picking up pebbles on the shore of a boundless ocean.
Charles Kingsley
The great problem of today is, how to subject all physical phenomena to dynamical laws. With all the experimental devices, and all the mathematical appliances of this generation, the human mind has been baffled in its attempts to construct a universal science of physics.
Joseph Lovering
Rota’s personality is compatible with mine.
Stanislaw Ulam
Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all – that has been my religion.
John Burroughs
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science – in all of biology.
Bill Nye
The more we split and pulverise matter artificially, the more insistently it proclaims its fundamental unity.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I don’t join the New Atheists. So, for example, I wouldn’t have the arrogance to lecture some mother who hopes to see her dying child in Heaven – that’s none of my business, ultimately. I won’t lecture her on the philosophy of science.
Noam Chomsky
Opinions are very dangerous, because they aren’t based on scientific studies.
Jacque Fresco
All life is linked together in such a way that no part of the chain is unimportant. Frequently, upon the action of some of these minute beings depends the material success or failure of a great commonwealth.
John Henry Comstock
Whoever, in the pursuit of science, seeks after immediate practical utility, may generally rest assured that he will seek in vain.
Hermann von Helmholtz
It is not his possession of knowledge, of irrefutable truth, that makes the man of science, but his persistent and recklessly critical quest for truth.
Karl Popper
All experience is an arch, to build upon.
Henry Adams
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Henry David Thoreau
I was in the middle of filming Season 3 of ‘Grace and Frankie.’ Then the writing process for ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ was happening at the exact same time. And then the pre-production for ‘Fatherless’ was happening at the exact same time as well.
Baron Vaughn
Mathematics is an obscure field, an abstruse science, complicated and exact; yet so many have attained perfection in it that we might conclude almost anyone who seriously applied himself would achieve a measure of success.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.
John Archibald Wheeler
Science was false by being unpoetical. It assumed to explain a reptile or a mollusk, and isolated it-which is hunting for life in graveyards. Reptile or mollusk or man or angel only exists in system, in relation.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Attempt the end and never stand to doubt;
Nothing’s so hard, but search will find it out.
Robert Herrick
All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct.
Carl Sagan
The educated man is a greater nuisance than the uneducated one.
George Bernard Shaw
I was interviewed on the Israeli radio for five minutes and I said that more than 2000 years ago, Euclid proved that there are infinitely many primes.В  Immediately the host interrupted me and asked, ‘Are there still infinitely many primes?’
Noga Alon
The surprising thing about this paper is that a man who could write it would.
John Edensor Littlewood
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.
Pearl S. Buck
The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
When the physicists ask us for the solution of a problem, it is not drudgery that they impose on us, on the contrary, it is us who owe them thanks.
Henri Poincare
Moral certainty is intellectual immorality
Kedar Joshi
The scientific method of examining facts is not peculiar to one class of phenomena and to one class of workers; it is applicable to social as well as to physical problems, and we must carefully guard ourselves against supposing that the scientific frame of mind is a peculiarity of the professional scientist.
Karl Pearson
This ability to incorporate the past gives the sharpest diagnostic tool, if one asks whether a body of knowledge is a science or not. Do present practitioners have to go back to an original work of the past? Or has it been incorporated? … Science is cumulative, and embodies its past.
C.P. Snow
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Albert Einstein
If patterns of ones and zeros were ‘like’ patterns of human lives and death, if everything about an individual could be represented in a computer record by a long string of ones and zeros, then what kind of creature would be represented by a long string of lives and deaths?
Thomas Pynchon
At a given instant everything the surgeon knows suddenly becomes important to the solution of the problem. You can’t do it an hour later, or tomorrow. Nor can you go to the library and look it up.
John W. Kirklin
Today, education does not give you the wisdom and the understanding; it only indoctrinates you to believe something. So the mind knows very less but accepts so many things; it may be science, it may be technology, it may be anything.
Lobsang Tenzin
Dogbert gazing at night sky No matter how bad the day is, the stars are always there. Dilbert Actually, many of them burned out years ago, but their light is just now reaching earth. DogbertThank you for shattering my comfortable misconception. DilbertIt’s the miracle of science.
Scott Adams
Nothing is accidental in the universe – this is one of my Laws of Physics – except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.
Joyce Carol Oates
In science there are no ‘depths’; there is surface everywhere.
Rudolf Carnap
In ‘Packing for Mars,’ I tried to convey the importance of getting young people interested in science.
Mary Roach
After reading a paper by a young theoretical scientist, Pauli, shaking his head sadly, commented:
That is not even wrong.
Wolfgang Pauli
We are intelligent atoms. We are intelligent organic structures. We can change who we are. We can heal ourselves. With genetic engineering, we are considering changing the physiological structure of the body.
Frederick Lenz
I think computer science, by and large, is still stuck in the Modern age.
Larry Wall
For the first time I saw a medley of haphazard facts fall into line and order. All the jumbles and recipes and hotchpotch of the inorganic chemistry of my boyhood seemed to fit into the scheme before my eyes-as though one were standing beside a jungle and it suddenly transformed itself into a Dutch garden.
C.P. Snow
We may observe in some of the abrupt grounds we meet with, sections of great masses of strata, where it is as easy to read the history of the sea, as it is to read the history of Man in the archives of any nation.
Jean-Andre Deluc
All the traditional STEM fields, the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, are stoked when you dream big in an agency such as NASA.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The future belongs to Science. More and more she will control the destinies of the nations. Already she has them in her crucible and on her balances.
William Osler
I also maintain that clear knowledge of natural science must be acquired, in the first instance, through mastery of medicine alone.
Eratosthenes declares that it is no longer necessary to inquire as to the cause of the overflow of the Nile, since we know definitely that men have come to the sources of the Nile and have observed the rains there.
Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is only one thing worse than coming home from the lab to a sink full of dirty dishes, and that is not going to the lab at all!
Chien-Shiung Wu
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
At Tencent, we may be businessmen, but we are still chasing our IT, our science. We are still striving to create something really cool, trying to create things we couldn’t even imagine without our new technologies. I am still clinging to this enthusiasm.
Ma Huateng
Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, and artists, and zoologists, and historians. They also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world. But if it hadn’t been computer science, these people would have been doing amazing things in other fields.
Steve Jobs
For we are all sprung from earth and water
We are doing everything we can to protect the food supply. And I can tell you that we’re making decisions based upon sound science and good public policy, given the circumstances that we are now in.
Ann Veneman
Looking closer can make something beautiful
Cynthia Lord
Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.
Albert Einstein
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
Isaac Asimov
For one person who is blessed with the power of invention, many will always be found who have the capacity of applying principles.
Charles Babbage
The world was full of locked doors, and he had to get his hand on every key.
Orson Scott Card
Increased knowledge of heredity means increased power of control over the living thing, and as we come to understand more and more the architecture of the plant or animal we realize what can and what cannot be done towards modification or improvement.
Reginald Punnett
Beneath multiple specific and individual distinctions, beneath innumerable and incessant transformations, at the bottom of the circular evolution without beginning or end, there hides a law, a unique nature participated in by all beings, in which this common participation produces a ground of common harmony.
As Arkwright and Whitney were the demi-gods of cotton, so prolific Time will yet bring an inventor to every plant. There is not a property in nature but a mind is born to seek and find it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The real goal of physics is to come up with an equation that could explain the universe but still be small enough to fit on a T-shirt
Leon M. Lederman
True science teaches, above all, to doubt and to be ignorant.
Miguel de Unamuno
The text-book is rare that stimulates its reader to ask, Why is this so? Or, How does this connect with what has been read elsewhere?
J. Norman Collie
The chief end of science is to make things clear, the educative aim is to foster the inquisitive spirit.
J. Arthur Thomson
… the scientist would maintain that knowledge in of itself is wholly good, and that there should be and are methods of dealing with misuses of knowledge by the ruffian or the bully other than by suppressing the knowledge.
Percy Williams Bridgman
Every time we get slapped down, we can say, Thank you Mother Nature, because it means we’re about to learn something important.
John N. Bahcall
It is a most gratifying sign of the rapid progress of our time that our best text-books become antiquated so quickly.
Theodor Billroth
Whereas, to borrow an illustration from mathematics, life was formerly an equation of, say, 100 unknown quantities, it is now one of 99 only, inasmuch as memory and heredity have been shown to be one and the same thing.
Samuel Butler
My internal and external life depend so much on the work of others that I must make an extreme effort to give as much as I receive.
Albert Einstein
Our mind is so fortunately equipped, that it brings us the most important bases for our thoughts without our having the least knowledge of this work of elaboration. Only the results of it become unconscious.
Wilhelm Wundt
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
Albert Einstein
To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.
Albert Einstein
The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The mathematician is in much more direct contact with reality. … [Whereas] the physicist’s reality, whatever it may be, has few or none of the attributes which common sense ascribes instinctively to reality. A chair may be a collection of whirling electrons.
G. H. Hardy
I have divers times endeavoured to see and to know, what parts the Blood consists of; and at length I have observ’d, taking some Blood out of my own hand, that it consists of small round globuls driven through a Crystalline humidity or water.
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
Science never cheered up anyone. The truth about the human situation is just too awful.
Kurt Vonnegut
One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories.
Philip J. Davis
Science has but one fashion-to lose nothing once gained.
Edmund Clarence Stedman
From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go.
Jim Lovell
The intellectuals’ chief cause of anguish are one another’s works.
Jacques Barzun
The extreme possibilities are the most illuminating.
David Mumford
So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Political science without biography is a form of taxidermy.
Harold Lasswell
Those who think ‘Science is Measurement’ should search Darwin’s works for numbers and equations.
David H. Hubel
Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
George Santayana
The creative life was the only one for a serious man.
G. H. Hardy
The city of Hiroshima stands as more than a monument to massive death and destruction. It stands as a living testament to the necessity for progress toward nuclear disarmament.
Edward Kennedy
The most humble research scientist in the Department of Agriculture is at this time contributing more to this country than the most useful member of Congress.
Fiorello H. La Guardia
If the Earth is the size of a pea in New York, then the Sun is a beachball 50m away, Pluto is 4km away, and the next nearest star is in Tokyo. Now shrink Pluto’s orbit into a coffee cup; then our Milky Way Galaxy fills North America.
Wayne Hays
[An artist] will sooner and with more certainty, establish the character of skeletons, than the most learned anatomist, whose eye has not been accustomed to seize on every peculiarity.
Rembrandt Peale
Our ignorance is God; what we know is science.
Edward Gibbon
I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms that we can’t conceive. And there could, of course, be forms of intelligence beyond human capacity-beyond as much as we are beyond a chimpanzee.
Martin Rees
There have been only three epoch-making mathematicians, Archimedes, Newton, and Eisenstein.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
The facts of science are real enough, and so are the techniques that scientists use, and so are the technologies based on them. But the belief system that governs conventional scientific thinking is an act of faith.
Rupert Sheldrake
All the conditions of happiness are realized in the life of the man of science.
Bertrand Russell
Mars is the only place in the solar system where it’s possible for life to become multi-planetarian.
Elon Musk
It may be unpopular and out-of-date to say-but I do not think that a scientific result which gives us a better understanding of the world and makes it more harmonious in our eyes should be held in lower esteem than, say, an invention which reduces the cost of paving roads, or improves household plumbing.
Alfred Tarski
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
William Osler
Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science.
Bruno Bettelheim
We may fondly imagine that we are impartial seekers after truth, but with a few exceptions, to which I know that I do not belong, we are influenced-and sometimes strongly-by our personal bias; and we give our best thoughts to those ideas which we have to defend.
August Krogh
Objective evidence and certitude are doubtless very fine ideals to play with, but where on this moonlit and dream-visited planet are they found?
William James
Unfortunately what is little recognized is that the most worthwhile scientific books are those in which the author clearly indicates what he does not know; for an author most hurts his readers by concealing difficulties.
Evariste Galois
I never could make out what those damned dots meant.
Lord Randolph Churchill
Humanity has experienced many revolutionary changes over the course of history: revolutions in agriculture, in science, industrial production, as well as numerous political revolutions. But these have all been limited to the external aspects of our individual and collective lives.
Daisaku Ikeda
LEAD, n. A heavy blue-gray metal much used … as a counterpoise to an argument of such weight that it turns the scale of debate the wrong way. An interesting fact in the chemistry of international controversy is that at the point of contact of two patriotisms lead is precipitated in great quantities.
Ambrose Bierce
Pure earth does not petrify, because the predominance of dryness over [i.e. in] the earth endows it not with coherence but rather with crumbliness. In general, stone is formed in two ways only (a) through the hardening of clay, and (b) by the congelation [of waters].
The credulous … advance the authority of hearsay in place of reasons for possible success or facts that can be demonstrated.
Vannoccio Biringuccio
It would seem that more than function itself, simplicity is the deciding factor in the aesthetic equation. One might call the process beauty through function and simplification.
Raymond Loewy
It is not a simple life to be a single cell, although I have no right to say so, having been a single cell so long ago myself that I have no memory at all of that stage of my life.
Lewis Thomas
Certainly he who can digest a second or third fluxion need not, methinks, be squeamish about any point in divinity.
George Berkeley
The brain is a three pound mass you can hold in your hand that can conceive of a universe a hundred billion light-years across.
Marian Diamond
The statistician cannot excuse himself from the duty of getting his head clear on the principles of scientific inference, but equally no other thinking man can avoid a like obligation.
Ronald Fisher
And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence
Bertrand Russell
When the moon is ninety degrees away from the sun it sees but half the earth illuminated (the western half). For the other (the eastern half) is enveloped in night. Hence the moon itself is illuminated less brightly from the earth, and as a result its secondary light appears fainter to us.
Galileo Galilei
Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.
Albert Einstein
I love having my hands in the dirt. It is never a science and always an art. There are no rules. And if it comes down to me versus that weed I’m trying to pull out of the ground that doesn’t want to come out? I know I’ll win.
Matthew McConaughey
Discovery should come as an adventure rather than as the result of a logical process of thought. Sharp, prolonged thinking is necessary that we may keep on the chosen road but it does not itself necessarily lead to discovery. The investigator must be ready and on the spot when the light comes from whatever direction.
Theobald Smith
Science simply cannot adjudicate the issue of God’s possible superintendence of nature.
Stephen Jay Gould
Put off your imagination, as you put off your overcoat, when you enter the laboratory. Put it on again, as you put on your overcoat, when you leave.
Claude Bernard
Next to the word ‘Nature,’ ‘the Great Chain of Being’ was the sacred phrase of the eighteenth century, playing a part somewhat analogous to that of the blessed word ‘evolution’ in the late nineteenth.
Arthur Oncken Lovejoy
The aims of scientific thought are to see the general in the particular and the eternal in the transitory.
Alfred North Whitehead
I’m not so interested any more in how a great deal of science fiction goes. It goes into things like Star Wars and Star Trek which all go excellent in their own way.
Robert Sheckley
The existence of a first cause of the universe is a necessity of thought … Amid the mysteries which become more mysterious the more they are thought about, there will remain the one absolute certainty that we are over in the presence of an Infinite, Eternal Energy from which all things proceed.
Herbert Spencer
All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions.
Albert Einstein
Men are rather beholden … generally to chance or anything else, than to logic, for the invention of arts and sciences.
Francis Bacon
The scientist finds his reward in what Henri Poincare calls the joy of comprehension, and not in the possibility of application to which any discovery may lead.
Albert Einstein
We may, perhaps, imagine that the creation was finished long ago. But that would be quite wrong. It continues still more magnificently, and at the highest levels of the world.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place, and the awful gloom of this doomed cavern then strike you with the presence of a deity?
Seneca the Younger
He that in ye mine of knowledge deepest diggeth, hath, like every other miner, ye least breathing time, and must sometimes at least come to terr. alt. for air.
Isaac Newton
If there ever was a misnomer, it is “exact science.” Science has always been full of mistakes. The present day is no exception. And our mistakes are good mistakes; they require a genius to correct. Of course, we do not see our own mistakes.
Edward Teller
In short, the greatest contribution to real security that science can make is through the extension of the scientific method to the social sciences and a solution of the problem of complete avoidance of war.
Edward Condon
Science can tell us what exists; but to compare the worths, both of what exists and of what does not exist, we must consult not science, but what Pascal calls our heart.
William James
I studied political science and international relations, so I never considered myself an artist.
Philippe Falardeau
I have sold more books on physics than Madonna has on sex.
Stephen Hawking
Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
Thomas Huxley
This means that to entrust to science – or to deliberate control according to scientific principles – more than scientific method can achieve may have deplorable effects.
Friedrich August von Hayek
Science ignores the spiritual realm because it is not amenable to scientific analysis. As importantly, the predictive success of Newtonian theory, emphasizing the primacy of a physical Universe, made the existence of spirit and God an extraneous hypothesis that offered no explanatory principles needed by science.
Bruce Lipton
Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.
Wernher von Braun
I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.
Arthur C. Clarke
Later scientific theories are better than earlier ones for solving puzzles in the often quite different environments to which they are applied. That is not a relativist’s position, and it displays the sense in which I am a convinced believer in scientific progress.
Thomas Kuhn
We are in a tech-heavy society, plunging headlong into an unknown future. Science fiction is what allows you to stand back and analyze the impact of that and put it in context of how it affects people.
J. Michael Straczynski
In the future, airplanes will be flown by a dog and a pilot. And the dog’s job will be to make sure that if the pilot tries to touch any of the buttons, the dog bites him.
Scott Adams
I thought it must be pure science fiction. But when I checked it out I found a lot of magazine articles that actually supported the theory behind the book which was incredible. That’s when I decided to acquire the rights of the book and everything went from there.
Roland Emmerich
Give me the third best technology. The second best won’t be ready in time. The best will never be ready.
Robert Watson-Watt
To deride the hope of progress is the ultimate fatuity, the last word in poverty of spirit and meanness of mind.
Peter Medawar
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.
Arthur Schopenhauer
I had fallen in love with a young man… and we were planning to get married. And then he died of subacute bacterial endocarditis… Two years later with the advent of penicillin, he would have been saved. It reinforced in my mind the importance of scientific discovery…
Gertrude B. Elion
Symmetry, as wide or as narrow as you may define its meaning, is one idea by which man through the ages has tried to comprehend and create order, beauty and perfection.
Hermann Weyl
In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.
Ethan Allen
And finally, no matter how good the science gets, there are problems that inevitably depend on judgement, on art, on a feel for financial markets.
Martin Feldstein
Business should be like religion and science; it should know neither love nor hate.
Samuel Butler
Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification.
Karl Popper
I have steadily endeavored to keep my mind free so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved (and I cannot resist forming one on every subject), as soon as the facts are shown to be opposed to it.
Charles Darwin
We affirm the neutrality of Science … Science is of no country. … But if Science has no country, the scientist must keep in mind all that may work towards the glory of his country. In every great scientist will be found a great patriot.
Louis Pasteur
It strikes me as unfair, and even in bad taste, to select a few of them for boundless admiration, attributing superhuman powers of mind and character to them. This has been my fate, and the contrast between the popular estimate of my powers and achievements and the reality is simply grotesque.
Albert Einstein
Whereas all humans have approximately the same life expectancy the life expectancy of stars varies as much as from that of a butterfly to that of an elephant.
George Gamow
The theory of probabilities is at bottom nothing but common sense reduced to calculus; it enables us to appreciate with exactness that which accurate minds feel with a sort of instinct for which of times they are unable to account.
Pierre-Simon Laplace
There are many worlds and many systems of Universes existing all at the same time, all of them perishable.
A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it.
Charles Dudley Warner
Two erroneous impressions … seem to be current among certain groups of uninformed persons. The first is that religion today stands for mediaeval theology; the second that science is materialistic and irreligious.
Robert Andrews Millikan
What the use of P [the significance level] implies, therefore, is that a hypothesis that may be true may be rejected because it has not predicted observable results that have not occurred.
Harold Jeffreys
Concerning the gods, I have no means of knowing either that they exist or that they do not exist, nor what sort of form they may have; there are many reasons why knowledge on this subject is not possible, owing to the lack of evidence and the shortness of human life.
Electricity is of two kinds, positive and negative. The difference is, I presume, that one comes a little more expensive, but is more durable; the other is a cheaper thing, but the moths get into it.
Stephen Leacock
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Newton
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare
Since my mother is the type that’s called schizophrenogenic in the literature-she’s the one who makes crazy people, crazy children-I was awfully curious to find out why I didn’t go insane.
Abraham Maslow
I decided that life rationally considered seemed pointless and futile, but it is still interesting in a variety of ways, including the study of science. So why not carry on, following the path of scientific hedonism? Besides, I did not have the courage for the more rational procedure of suicide.
Robert S. Mulliken
This is a collaboration between a complex analyst, a dynamical system expert, and an arithmetical algebraic geometer. It sounds like a joke, a complex analyst, a dynamical system expert, and an arithmetical algebraic geometer walk into a bar.
Jordan Ellenberg
The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life.
Arthur Koestler
RAILROAD, n. The chief of many mechanical devices enabling us to get away from where we are to where we are no better off. For this purpose the railroad is held in highest favor by the optimist, for it permits him to make the transit with great expedition.
Ambrose Bierce
The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
I’m concentrating on staying healthy, having peace, being happy, remembering what is important, taking in nature and animals, spending time reading, trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet.
Joan Jett
The credit which the apparent conformity with recognized scientific standards can gain for seemingly simple but false theories may, as the present instance shows, have grave consequences.
Friedrich August von Hayek
In many spheres of human endeavor, from science to business to education to economic policy, good decisions depend on good measurement.
Ben Bernanke
A catalyst is a substance which alters the velocity of a chemical reaction without appearing in the final products.
Wolfgang Ostwald
Nature is as it is because this is the only possible nature consistent with itself.
Geoffrey Chew
All things are from water and all things are resolved into water.
Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.
Stephen Hawking
In place of science, the Eskimo has only magic to bridge the gap between what he can understand and what is not known. Without magic, his life would be one long panic.
Peter Farb
MESMERISM, n. Hypnotism before it wore good clothes, kept a carriage and asked Incredulity to dinner.
Ambrose Bierce
Why does man regret, even though he may endeavour to banish any such regret, that he has followed the one natural impulse, rather than the other; and why does he further feel that he ought to regret his conduct? Man in this respect differs profoundly from the lower animals.
Charles Darwin
There may be frugality which is not economy. A community, that withholds the means of education from its children, withholds the bread of life and starves their souls.
Horace Mann
Since science’s competence extends to observable and measurable phenomena, not to the inner being of things, and to the means, not to the ends of human life, it would be nonsense to expect that the progress of science will provide men with a new type of metaphysics, ethics, or religion.
Jacques Maritain
Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
Jacob Bronowski
I believe in an immortal soul. Science has proved that nothing disintegrates into nothingness. Life and soul, therefore, cannot disintegrate into nothingness, and so are immortal.
Wernher von Braun
Do you realize we’ve got 250 million years of coal? But coal has got environmental hazards to it, but there’s-I’m convinced, and I know that we-technology can be developed so we can have zero-emissions coal-fired electricity plants.
George W. Bush
I like to learn. That’s an art and a science.
Katherine Johnson
There were taken apples, and … closed up in wax. … After a month’s space, the apple inclosed in was was as green and fresh as the first putting in, and the kernals continued white. The cause is, for that all exclusion of open air, which is ever predatory, maintaineth the body in its first freshness and moisture.
Francis Bacon
Never mistake motion for action.
Ernest Hemingway
Science is the most intimate school of resignation and humility, for it teaches us to bow before the seemingly most insignificant of facts.
Miguel de Unamuno
Apparently there are three levels of brain activity. Level 1 is the lowest level – the amount of concentration required to, say, delete emails or serve in congress.
W. Bruce Cameron
Science ever has been, and ever must be, the safeguard of religion.
David Brewster
The sheer volume of evidence for survival after death is so immense that to ignore it is like standing at the foot of Mount Everest and insisting that you cannot see the mountain.
Colin Wilson
It becomes the urgent duty of mathematicians, therefore, to meditate about the essence of mathematics, its motivations and goals and the ideas that must bind divergent interests together.
Richard Courant
Genius is nourished from within and without.
Robert Aris Willmott
Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.
Charles Kettering
Marxists are more right than wrong when they argue that the problems scientists take up,. the way they go about solving them, and even the solutions they arc inclined to accept, arc conditioned by the intellectual, social, and economic environments in which they live and work.
Theodosius Dobzhansky
Averages … seduce us away from minute observation.
Florence Nightingale
The greatest Inventions were produced in Times of Ignorance; as the Use of the Compass, Gunpowder, and Printing; and by the dullest Nation, as the Germans.
Jonathan Swift
Science arose from poetry… when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I was a political science student.
Ruth B
I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without any purpose – which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell. Possibly. It doesn’t frighten me.
Richard P. Feynman
All the fifty years of conscious brooding have brought me no closer to answer the question, “What are light quanta?” Of course today every rascal thinks he knows the answer, but he is deluding himself.
Albert Einstein
It is easier to understand mankind in general than any individual man.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Life and business are rather simple after all-to make a success of either, you’ve got to hang on to the knack of putting yourself into the other person’s place.
William Wrigley, Jr.
Science does not know its debt to imagination.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I review the nature of the creative drive in the inventive scientists that have been around me, as well as in myself, I find the first event is an urge to make a significant intellectual contribution that can be tangible embodied in a product or process.
Edwin Land
The greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Without the discovery of uniformities there can be no concepts, no classifications, no formulations, no principles, no laws; and without these no science can exist.
Clyde Kluckhohn
I believe my theory of relativity to be true. But it will only be proved for certain in 1981, when I am dead.
Albert Einstein
Personally I think there is no doubt that sub-atomic energy is available all around us, and that one day man will release and control its almost infinite power. We cannot prevent him from doing so and can only hope that he will not use it exclusively in blowing up his next door neighbour. (1936)
Francis William Aston
What is algebra exactly; is it those three-cornered things?
James M. Barrie
Amidst the vicissitudes of the earth’s surface, species cannot be immortal, but must perish, one after another, like the individuals which compose them. There is no possibility of escaping from this conclusion.
Charles Lyell
Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
Ray Bradbury
The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.
James Joyce
USA Today has come out with a new survey – apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.
David Letterman
But it is just this characteristic of simplicity in the laws of nature hitherto discovered which it would be fallacious to generalize, for it is obvious that simplicity has been a part cause of their discovery, and can, therefore, give no ground for the supposition that other undiscovered laws are equally simple.
Bertrand Russell
If you’ve read a lot of vintage science fiction, as I have at one time or another in my life, you can’t help but realise how wrong we get it. I have gotten it wrong more times than I’ve gotten it right. But I knew that when I started; I knew that before I wrote a word of science fiction.
William Gibson
He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.
Jonathan Swift
[Newton’s calculations] entered the marrow of what we know without knowing how we know it.
Hermann Bondi
Science of happiness lies in our understanding. The secrets of happiness lie in our capacity to expand our heart.
Amit Ray
Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
Philip K. Dick
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Albert Einstein
I have no knowledge other than that gained through my own eyes.
Vannoccio Biringuccio
A successful society is characterized by a rising living standard for its population, increasing investment in factories and basic infrastructure, and the generation of additional surplus, which is invested in generating new discoveries in science and technology.
Robert Trout
I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are IMPOSSIBLE.
William James
The financial crisis just made the hole deeper, which is why our stimulus needs to be both big and smart, both financially and educationally stimulating. It needs to be able to produce not only more shovel-ready jobs and shovel-ready workers, but more Google-ready jobs and Windows-ready and knowledge-ready workers.
Thomas Friedman
I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure that people gain a selective advantage from believing in things they can’t prove.
Randolph M. Nesse
All we know of the truth is that the absolute truth, such as it is, is beyond our reach.
Nicholas of Cusa
FROG, n. A reptile with edible legs
Ambrose Bierce
As for the search for truth, I know from my own painful searching, with its many blind alleys, how hard it is to take a reliable step, be it ever so small, towards the understanding of that which is truly significant.
Albert Einstein
It can be said with complete confidence that any scientist of any age who wants to make important discoveries must study important problems. Dull or piffling problems yield dull or piffling answers. It is not enough that a problem should be “interesting”.
Peter Medawar
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Great discoveries are made accidentally less often than the populace likes to think. Commenting on how an accident led to the discovery of X-rays.
William Cecil Dampier
Science boasts of the distance of its stars; of the terrific remoteness of the things of which it has to speak. But poetry and religion always insist upon the proximity, the almost menacing closeness of the things with which they are concerned. Always the Kingdom of Heaven is “At Hand.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject: the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to the enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual.
Alexander Fleming
At each stage…entirely new laws, concepts and generalizations are necessary, requiring inspiration and creativity to just as great a degree as in the previous one.
Poul Anderson
History is, in its essentials, the science of change. It knows and it teaches that it is impossible to find two events that are ever exactly alike, because the conditions from which they spring are never identical.
Marc Bloch
I don’t think it’s the highest priority. I don’t think we should ignore it, either, just generally I think as conservatives we should embrace innovation, embrace technology, embrace science. … Sometimes I sense that we pull back from the embrace of these things. We shouldn’t.
Jeb Bush
I propose to put forward an apology for mathematics; and I may be told that it needs none, since there are now few studies more generally recognized, for good reasons or bad, as profitable and praiseworthy.
G. H. Hardy
[Referring to Fourier’s mathematical theory of the conduction of heat] … Fourier’s great mathematical poem.
Lord Kelvin
Each species may have had its origin in a single pair, or individual, where an individual was sufficient, and species may have been created in succession at such times and in such places as to enable them to multiply and endure for an appointed period, and occupy an appointed space on the globe.
Charles Lyell
In the ’70s and ’80s there was an attempt in K-12 to teach science through art or art through science. The challenge today is how do you build the ethos of art and design into the academy of science.
John Maeda
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
Friedrich Nietzsche
There seems no limit to research, for as been truly said, the more the sphere of knowledge grows, the larger becomes the surface of contact with the unknown.
William Cecil Dampier
The method of political science is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.
Woodrow Wilson
All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
Thomas Browne
If one were not animated with the desire to discover laws, they would escape the most enlightened attention.
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
Creationists make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Isaac Asimov
A busy life is a wasted life.
Francis Crick
Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.
Imre Lakatos
Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
Edsger Dijkstra
On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious.
Edgar Mitchell
An organized product of nature is that in which all the parts are mutually ends and means.
Immanuel Kant
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
Carl Sagan
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
John Dewey
Mathematics is the key and door to the sciences.
Galileo Galilei
Method means that arrangement of subject matter which makes it most effective in use. Never is method something outside of the material.
John Dewey
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde
Those who incline to very strictly utilitarian views may perhaps feel that the peculiar powers of the Analytical Engine bear upon questions of abstract and speculative science rather than upon those involving everyday and ordinary human interests.
Ada Lovelace
Universe is blind; it cannot see us; we must find a way to show ourselves to it and science is the way to open the eyes of the universe!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.
Nikola Tesla
The landlady of a boarding-house is a parallelogram – that is, an oblong angular figure, which cannot be described, but which is equal to anything
Stephen Leacock
Modern science is necessarily a double-edged tool, a tool that cuts both ways. … There is no doubt that a Zeppelin is a wonderful thing; but that did not prevent it from becoming a horrible thing.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
In the seventeenth century, the science of medicine had not wholly cut asunder from astrology and necromancy; and the trusting Christian still believed in some occult influences, chiefly planetary, which governed not only his crops but his health and life.
Alice Morse Earle
Enormous numbers of people are taken in, or at least beguiled and fascinated, by what seems to me to be unbelievable hocum, and relatively few are concerned with or thrilled by the astounding-yet true-facts of science, as put forth in the pages of, say, Scientific American.
Douglas Hofstadter
The hand is where the mind meets the world.
Carl Zimmer
Science is prediction, not explanation.
Fred Hoyle
Nature allows only experimental situations to occur which can be described within the framework of the formalism of quantum mechanics
Werner Heisenberg
Hypotheses like professors, when they are seen not to work any longer in the laboratory, should disappear.
Henry Edward Armstrong
A day is a miniature eternity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
For every one billion particles of antimatter there were one billion and one particles of matter. And when the mutual annihilation was complete, one billionth remained – and that’s our present universe.
Albert Einstein
So Einstein was wrong when he said, “God does not play dice.” Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.
Stephen Hawking
Mathematics is less related to accounting than it is to philosophy.
Leonard Adleman
New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.
Max Planck
Science without conscience is the death of the soul.
Francois Rabelais
Meteorology has ever been an apple of contention, as if the violent commotions of the atmosphere induced a sympathetic effect on the minds of those who have attempted to study them.
Joseph Henry
Mathematics is the summit of human thinking. It has all the creativity and imagination that you can find in all kinds of art, but unlike art-charlatans and all kinds of quacks will not succeed there.
Meir Shalev
People challenge my nerd cred all the time. I just show them the photo of me winning my middle-school science fair, wearing my Casio calculator watch and eyeglasses so big they look like they can see the future.
Aisha Tyler
Let us be well assured of the Matter of Fact, before we trouble our selves with enquiring into the Cause. It is true, that this Method is too slow for the greatest part of Mankind, who run naturally to the Cause, and pass over the Truth of the Matter of Fact.
Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
It cannot be that axioms established by argumentation should avail for the discovery of new works, since the subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of argument. But axioms duly and orderly formed from particulars easily discover the way to new particulars, and thus render sciences active.
Francis Bacon
George Stigler Nobel laureate and a leader of Chicago School was asked why there were no Nobel Prizes awarded in the other social sciences, sociology, psychology, history, etc. “Don’t worry”, Stigler said, “they have already have a Nobel Prize in …Literature”
Robert Kuttner
[Among the books he chooses, a statesman] ought to read interesting books on history and government, and books of science and philosophy; and really good books on these subjects are as enthralling as any fiction ever written in prose or verse.
Theodore Roosevelt
Is the very mechanism for the universe to come into being meaningless or unworkable or both unless the universe is guaranteed to produce life, consciousness and observership somewhere and for some little time in its history-to-be?
John P. Wheeler III
Aristotle discovered all the half-truths which were necessary to the creation of science.
Alfred North Whitehead
The prediction of nuclear winter is drawn not, of course, from any direct experience with the consequences of global nuclear war, but rather from an investigation of the governing physics.
Carl Sagan
The future is uncertain… but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.
Ilya Prigogine
A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
Mark Twain
The constitution of the universe is total natural law. ‘Natural law,’ we say from the field of science. ‘Will of God,’ we say from the field of religion. It’s the same thing.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
This world was once a fluid haze of light, Till toward the centre set the starry tides, And eddied into suns, that wheeling cast The planets: then the monster, then the man.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly.
Swami Sivananda
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
Henry Adams
It is rather astonishing how little practical value scientific knowledge has for ordinary men, how dull and commonplace such of it as has value is, and how its value seems almost to vary inversely to its reputed utility.
G. H. Hardy
Science, Nature,-O, I’ve yearned to open some page.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It was astonishing that for some considerable distance around the mould growth the staphococcal colonies were undergoing lysis. What had formerly been a well-grown colony was now a faint shadow of its former self…I was sufficiently interested to pursue the subject.
Alexander Fleming
The fine tuning of the universe provides prima facie evidence of deistic design.
Edward Robert Harrison
That’s what Hubble can do for us. It can tell us whether the universe is expanding forever or if one day it’s going to come back together.
Duane G. Carey
True science teaches us to doubt and, in ignorance, to refrain.
Claude Bernard
What’s the best part of being a mathematician? I’m not a religious man, but it’s almost like being in touch with God when you’re thinking about mathematics. God is keeping secrets from us, and it’s fun to try to learn some of the secrets.
Paul Halmos
We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.
Richard P. Feynman
I’ve lost my faith in science.
Bette Davis
Surgeon generals are appointed by presidents, but our work isn’t about politics. Our highest duty to to the public. Our true guide is science. Our job is to speak the truth about public health, even when it’s controversial or perceived as political.
Vivek Murthy
The church saves sinners, but science seeks to stop their manufacture.
Elbert Hubbard
Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?
Carl Sagan
In Buddhist practice a great deal of time is spent practicing mandala meditation. You learn to visualize and hold simultaneous concepts in the mind during meditation.
Frederick Lenz
Of all the communities available to us, there is not one I would want to devote myself to except for the society of the true seekers, which has very few living members at any one time.
Albert Einstein
The future mathematician … should solve problems, choose the problems which are in his line, meditate upon their solution, and invent new problems. By this means, and by all other means, he should endeavor to make his first important discovery: he should discover his likes and dislikes, his taste, his own line.
George Polya
All I ever aim to do is to put the Development hypothesis in the same coach as the creation one. It will only be a question of who is to ride outside & who in after all.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Knowledge of Nature is an account at bank, where each dividend is added to the principal and the interest is ever compounded; and hence it is that human progress, founded on natural knowledge, advances with ever increasing speed.
Grove Karl Gilbert
The roads of science are narrow, so that they who travel them, must wither follow or meet one another.
Samuel Johnson
From the physician, as emphatically the student of Nature, is expected not only an inquiry into cause, but an investigation of the whole empire of Nature and a determination of the applicability of every species of knowledge to the improvement of his art.
John Gorrie
…to many it is not knowledge but the quest for knowledge that gives greater interest to thought-to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
James Jeans
I once got a call from a bank, asking me to compute a mortgage, since their computers were down. This was a very depressing moment.
Richard A. Falk
I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.
Lech Walesa
During the century after Newton, it was still possible for a man of unusual attainments to master all fields of scientific knowledge. But by 1800, this had become entirely impracticable.
Isaac Asimov
He it was that first gave to the law the air of a science. He found it a skeleton, and clothed it with life, color, and complexion: he embraced the old statue, and by his touch it grew into youth, health, and beauty.
Barry Yelverton, 1st Viscount Avonmore
We must care to think about the unthinkable things, because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
J. William Fulbright
Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
Albert Einstein
Every scientific fulfillment raises new questions; it asks to be surpassed and outdated.
Max Weber
A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics.
Fred Hoyle
Nothing before had ever made me thoroughly realise, though I had read various scientific books, that science consists in grouping facts so that general laws or conclusions may be drawn from them.
Charles Darwin
An experiment in nature, like a text in the Bible, is capable of different interpretations, according to the preconceptions of the interpreter.
William Jones
Design and technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products.
James Dyson
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein
Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. That share in it accorded to men is one of the reasons that Man is the image of God.
Johannes Kepler
To the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
William Blake
The Chinese are clearly inculcating the idea that science is exciting and important, and that’s why they, as a whole-they’re graduating four times as many engineers as we are, and that’s just happened over the last 20 years.
Bill Gates
When Da Vinci wanted an effect, he willed, he planned the means to make it happen: that was the purpose of his machines. But the machines of Newton … are means not for doing but for observing. He saw an effect, and he looked for its cause.
Jacob Bronowski
The material universe must consist … of bodies … such that each of them exercises its own separate, independent, and invariable effect, a change of the total state being compounded of a number of separate changes each of which is solely due to a separate portion of the preceding state.
Arthur David Ritchie
It is a custom often practiced by seafaring people to throw a bottle overboard, with a paper, stating the time and place at which it is done. In the absence of other information as to currents, that afforded by these mute little navigators is of great value.
Matthew Fontaine Maury
All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial.
Ernest Rutherford
[The] great fairy Science, who is likely to be queen of all the fairies for many a year to come, can only do you good, and never do you harm.
Charles Kingsley
There are checks and balances in science. There’s somebody checking the people doing the science, and then there’s somebody who checks the checkers and somebody who checks the checker’s checkers.
Michael Shermer
Technology is that which separates us from our environment.
Marshall McLuhan
Hopes are always accompanied by fears, and, in scientific research, the fears are liable to become dominant.
Paul Dirac
Such an atmosphere is un-American, the most un-American thing we have to contend with today. It is the climate of a totalitarian country in which scientists are expected to change their theories to match changes in the police state’s propaganda line.
Harry S. Truman
The influence of modern physics goes beyond technology. It extends to the realm of thought and culture where it has led to a deep revision in man’s conception of the universe and his relation to it
Fritjof Capra
I believe that in every person is a kind of circuit which resonates to intellectual discovery-and the idea is to make that resonance work
Carl Sagan
First of all a natural talent is required; for when Nature opposes, everything else is in vain; but when Nature leads the way to what is most excellent, instruction in the art takes place.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Albert Einstein
The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform. It can follow analysis; but it has no power of anticipating any analytical relations or truths. Its province is to assist us to making available what we are already acquainted with.
Ada Lovelace
The spending in science and technology need to be to increased.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.
Thomas Carlyle
The reproaches against science for not having yet solved the problems of the universe are exaggerated in an unjust and malicious manner; it has truly not had time enough yet for these great achievements. Science is very young–a human activity which developed late.
Sigmund Freud
A good physiological experiment like a good physical one requires that it should present anywhere, at any time, under identical conditions, the same certain and unequivocal phenomena that can always be confirmed.
Johannes Peter Muller
The [first] argument asserts the non-existence of motion on the ground that that which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.
Zeno of Elea
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
David Hume
I’d like the [Cosmos] series to be so visually stimulating that somebody who isn’t even interested in the concepts will just watch for the effects. And I’d like people who are prepared to do some thinking to be really stimulated.
Carl Sagan
Elaborate apparatus plays an important part in the science of to-day, but I sometimes wonder if we are not inclined to forget that the most important instrument in research must always be the mind of man.
William Ian Beardmore Beveridge
In all things which have a plurality of parts, and which are not a total aggregate but a whole of some sort distinct from the parts, there is some cause.
Questions that pertain to the foundations of mathematics, although treated by many in recent times, still lack a satisfactory solution. Ambiguity of language is philosophy’s main source of problems. That is why it is of the utmost importance to examine attentively the very words we use.
Giuseppe Peano
The physicists say that I am a mathematician, and the mathematicians say that I am a physicist. I am a completely isolated man and though everybody knows me, there are very few people who really know me.
Albert Einstein
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Albert Einstein
A discovery must be, by definition, at variance with existing knowledge. During my lifetime, I made two. Both were rejected offhand by the popes of the field. Had I predicted these discoveries in my applications, and had those authorities been my judges, it is evident what their decisions would have been.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
I’ve been getting a lot of science fiction scripts which contained variations on my ‘Star Trek’ character and I’ve been turning them down. I strongly feel that the next role I do, I should not be wearing spandex.
Marina Sirtis
Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘It’s this accursed Science,’ I cried. ‘It’s the very Devil. The mediaeval priests and persecutors were right, and the Moderns are all wrong. You tamper with it-and it offers you gifts. And directly you take them it knocks you to pieces in some unexpected way.’
George Herbert
Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science.
Gary Zukav
We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy quadruped, furnished with a tail and pointed ears, probably arboreal in its habits, and an inhabitant of the Old World.
Charles Darwin
People like it when they understand something that they previously thought they couldn’t understand. It’s a sense of empowerment.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
E. F. Schumacher
“Half genius and half buffoon,” Freeman Dyson … wrote. … [Richard] Feynman struck him as uproariously American-unbuttoned and burning with physical energy. It took him a while to realize how obsessively his new friend was tunneling into the very bedrock of modern science.
James Gleick
Without analysis, no synthesis.
Friedrich Engels
The literary trappings and moralizing of science fiction I find insufficiently compelling.
A. B. Yehoshua
Fifty years from now if an understanding of man’s origins, his evolution, his history, his progress is not in the common place of the school books we shall not exist.
Jacob Bronowski
A species is a reproductive community of populations reproductively isolated from others that occupies a specific niche in nature.
Ernst Mayr
The brain has not explained the mind fully.
Wilder Penfield
Although we often hear that data speak for themselves, their voices can be soft and sly
Frederick Mosteller
There is no counting the unsolved problems of Natural History.
J. Arthur Thomson
But what is classification but the perceiving that these objects are not chaotic, and are not foreign, but have a law which is also the law of the human mind?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The spectral density of black body radiation … represents something absolute, and since the search for the absolutes has always appeared to me to be the highest form of research, I applied myself vigorously to its solution.
Max Planck
What a deep faith in the rationality of the structure of the world and what a longing to understand even a small glimpse of the reason revealed in the world there must have been in Kepler and Newton to enable them to unravel the mechanism of the heavens in long years of lonely work!
Albert Einstein
Religion, as it is understood in the West, does not lead toward progress, and science does not lead toward humanism.
Alija Izetbegovic
Science burrows its insulted head in the filth of slaughterous inventions.
Winston Churchill
Business men are to be pitied who do not recognize the fact that the largest side of their secular business is benevolence. … No man ever manages a legitimate business in this life without doing indirectly far more for other men than he is trying to do for himself.
Henry Ward Beecher
Boundaries which mark off one field of science from another are purely artificial, are set up only for temporary convenience. Let chemists and physicists dig deep enough, and they reach common ground.
George Iles
What we observe is not nature itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning. Our scientific work in physics consists in asking questions about nature in the language that we possess and trying to get an answer from experiment by the means that are at our disposal.
Werner Heisenberg
Electrical force is defined as something which causes motion of electrical charge; an electrical charge is something which exerts electric force.
Arthur Eddington
Correlation doesn’t imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing ‘look over there.’
Randall Munroe
Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.
Philibert Joseph Roux
In France, a chemist named Pilatre de Rozier tested the flammability of hydrogen by gulping a mouthful and blowing across an open flame, proving at a stroke that hydrogen is indeed explosively combustible and that eyebrows are not necessarily a permanent feature of one’s face.
Bill Bryson
In science, reason is the guide; in poetry, taste. The object of the one is truth, which is uniform and indivisible; the object of the other is beauty, which is multiform and varied.
Charles Caleb Colton
To study men, we must look close by; to study man, we must learn to look afar; if we are to discover essential characteristics, we must first observe differences.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Science is a seagull, it knows the sky; it is a squirrel, it knows the forest; it is a mole, it knows the underground; it is a dolphin, it knows the ocean! Science is a multi-talented creature!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.
Henry David Thoreau
I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
Albert Einstein
Understanding what and why did not work may be more instructive than celebrating our successes.
Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov
Scientific theories tell us what is possible; myths tell us what is desirable. Both are needed to guide proper action.
John Maynard Smith
The cause of nutrition and growth resides not in the organism as a whole but in the separate elementary parts-the cells.
Theodor Schwann
“Genius is just enduring patience,” said Buffon. This is far from complete. Genius is impatience in ideas and patience with the facts: a lively imagination and a calm judgment, rather like a liquid boiling in a cup that remains cold.
Leo Errera
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
All sciences are connected; they lend each other material aid as parts of one great whole, each doing its own work, not for itself alone, but for the other parts; as the eye guides the body and the foot sustains it and leads it from place to place.
Roger Bacon
The maxim of science is simply that of common sense-simple cases first; begin with seeing how the main force acts when there is as little as possible to impede it, and when you thoroughly comprehend that, add to it in succession the separate effects of each of the incumbering and interfering agencies.
Walter Bagehot
Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities-that’s training or instruction-but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed.
Thomas W. Moore
It is my belief that one of the most exciting things about the World Wide Web is that they allow minds, as Spock might say, to meld. The transfer of consciousness through a variety of mediums is nothing new.
Frederick Lenz
The whole of the developments and operations of analysis are now capable of being executed by machinery … As soon as an Analytical Engine exists, it will necessarily guide the future course of science.
Charles Babbage
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
William Blake
[In relation to business:] Invention must be its keynote-a steady progression from one thing to another. As each in turn approaches a saturated market, something new must be produced.
Reginald Fessenden
Science fiction is filled with Martians and space travel to other planets, and things like that.
Margaret Atwood
To cross the seas, to traverse the roads, and to work machinery by galvanism, or rather electro-magnetism, will certainly, if executed, be the most noble achievement ever performed by man.
Alfred Smee
In size the electron bears the same relation to an atom that a baseball bears to the earth. Or, as Sir Oliver Lodge puts it, if a hydrogen atom were magnified to the size of a church, an electron would be a speck of dust in that church.
Waldemar Kaempffert
The poetic beauty of Davy’s mind never seems to have left him. To that circumstance I would ascribe the distinguishing feature in his character, and in his discoveries,-a vivid imagination sketching out new tracts in regions unexplored, for the judgement to select those leading to the recesses of abstract truth.
Davies Gilbert
Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal in this country and has been going on at universities and research facilities for years.
Mike Pence
At quite uncertain times and places,
The atoms left their heavenly path,
And by fortuitous embraces,
Engendered all that being hath.
And though they seem to cling together,
And form ‘associations’ here,
Yet, soon or late, they burst their tether,
And through the depths of space career.
James Clerk Maxwell
To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.
Terry Tempest Williams
It’s very dangerous to invent something in our times; ostentatious men of the other world, who are hostile to innovations, roam about angrily. To live in peace, one has to stay away from innovations and new ideas. Innovations, like trees, attract the most destructive lightnings to themselves.
Mehmet Murat Ildan
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.
Tommy Lasorda
The history of science is science itself; the history of the individual, the individual.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Science is the search for truth.
Linus Pauling
Even in the vast and mysterious reaches of the sea we are brought back to the fundamental truth that nothing lives to itself.
Rachel Carson
Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
There are infinite worlds both like and unlike this world of ours. For the atoms being infinite in number… are borne on far out into space.
The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again.
William Beebe
‘Arcturus’ is his other name- I’d rather call him ‘Star.’ It’s very mean of Science To go and interfere!
Emily Dickinson
Desire for approval and recognition is a healthy motive, but the desire to be acknowledged as better, stronger, or more intelligent than a fellow being or fellow scholar easily leads to an excessively egoistic psychological adjustment, which may become injurious for the individual and for the community.
Albert Einstein
It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.
Konrad Lorenz
In every thing that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.
Charles Lamb
America forms the longest and straightest bone in the earth’s skeleton.
Ellsworth Huntington
The universe is then one, infinite, immobile. … It is not capable of comprehension and therefore is endless and limitless, and to that extent infinite and indeterminable, and consequently immobile.
Giordano Bruno
It is remarkable that when great discoveries are effected, their simplicity always seems to detract from their originality: on these occasions we are reminded of the egg of Columbus!
Benjamin Disraeli
To present a scientific subject in an attractive and stimulating manner is an artistic task, similar to that of a novelist or even a dramatic writer. The same holds for writing textbooks.
Max Born
Human science is an uncertain guess.
Matt Prior
Facts, when combined with ideas, constitute the greatest force in the world. They are greater than armaments, greater than finance, greater than science, business and law because they constitute the common denominator of all of them.
Carl W. Ackerman
Science is busy with the hither-end of things, not the thither-end.
Charles Henry Parkhurst
I looked for it [heavy hydrogen, deuterium] because I thought it should exist. I didn’t know it would have industrial applications or be the basic for the most powerful weapon ever known [the nuclear bomb] … I thought maybe my discovery might have the practical value of, say, neon in neon signs.
Harold Urey
Romantics might like to think of themselves as being composed of stardust. Cynics might prefer to think of themselves as nuclear waste.
Simon Singh
One is always a long way from solving a problem until one actually has the answer.
Stephen Hawking
Research cannot be forced very much. There is always danger of too much foliage and too little fruit.
Theobald Smith
Sometimes attaining the deepest familiarity with a question is our best substitute for actually having the answer.
Brian Greene
We must teach science in the mother tongue. Otherwise, science will become a highbrow activity. It will not be an activity in which all people can participate.
C. V. Raman
Scientists do not join hands every Sunday and sing “Yes gravity is real! I know gravity is real! I will have faith! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Amen!” If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about the concept.
Dan Barker
There’s no way we can possibly understand anything. But we can see things, we can perceive things, and we can wonder. We can just be in a world of awe and wonder. That’s the best we can do.
Frederick Lenz
Unforeseen surprises are the rule in science, not the exception. Remember: Stuff happens.
Leonard Susskind
The order of … successive generations is indeed much more clearly proved than many a legend which has assumed the character of history in the hands of man; for the geological record is the work of God.
Roderick Murchison
I think horror or science fiction is another way of telling a modern myth – it’s like Ancient Greece; it’s like kids couldn’t wait for the next ‘Orpheus’ story, the next ‘Jason and the Argonauts.’
Reg E. Cathey
We must never make experiments to confirm our ideas, but simply to control them.
Claude Bernard
Biology, meaning the science of all life, is a late notion.
Leon Kass
Penguins are an indicator of the health of our watery planet, and if they are unable to survive, we had better take notice or we might find our own survival threatened.
Roger Tory Peterson
[In my home workshop,] generally I’m mending things, which is interesting because you learn a lot about why they broke.
James Dyson
I am almost inclined to coin a word and call the appearance fluorescence, from fluor-spar, as the analogous term opalescence is derived from the name of a mineral.
Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
Whereas the chemico-chemists always find in industry a beautiful field of gold-laden soil, the physico-chemists stand somewhat farther off, especially those who seek only the greatest dilution, for in general there is little to make with watery solutions.
Jacobus Henricus van ‘t Hoff
When science starts to be interpretive
it is more unscientific even than mysticism.
D. H. Lawrence
In nature we find not only that which is expedient, but also everything which is not so inexpedient as to endanger the existence of the species.
Konrad Lorenz
War is the science of destruction.
John Abbott
The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.
The true method of discovery is like the flight of an aeroplane. It starts from the ground of particular observation; it makes a flight in the thin air of imaginative generalization; and it again lands for renewed observation rendered acute by rational interpretation.
Alfred North Whitehead
A totally blind process can by definition lead to anything; it can even lead to vision itself.
Jacques Monod
Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
Arthur Koestler
In completing one discovery we never fail to get an imperfect knowledge of others.
Joseph Priestley
Science and mythology were the topics which fascinated me since my early childhood.
So use all that is called Fortune. Most men gamble with her, and gain all, and lose all, as her wheel rolls. But do thou leave as unlawful these winnings, and deal with Cause and Effect, the Chancellors of God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The influence (for good or ill) of Plato’s work is immeasurable. Western thought, one might say, has been Platonic or anti-Platonic, but hardly ever non-Platonic.
Karl Popper
We define organic chemistry as the chemistry of carbon compounds.
August Kekule
The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.
William James Mayo