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Albert Einstein: I used to wonder how it comes about that the electron is negative. Negative-positive—these are perfectly symmetric in physics. There is no reason whatever to prefer one to the other. Then why is the electron negative? I thought about this for a long time and at last all I could think was “It won the fight!” ...(more by Einstein)

Richard Feynman: It is the facts that matter, not the proofs. Physics can progress without the proofs, but we can't go on without the facts ... if the facts are right, then the proofs are a matter of playing around with the algebra correctly. ...(more by Feynman)

Marie CurieWinston ChurchillGalileo GalileiSigmund FreudRobert BunsenThomas EdisonLouis PasteurTheodore RooseveltAbraham LincolnRonald ReaganLeonardo DaVinciKarl PopperJohann GoetheBenjamin FranklinRobert OppenheimerCharles Kettering  ... (more people)

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Atom Bomb: I have always fancied that the end of the world will be when some enormous boiler, heated to three thousand millions of atmospheric pressure, shall explode and blow up the globe. ... They [the Americans] are great boilermakers. — Jules Verne (1863). ...(more on Atom Bomb)

Blood: Ancient stars in their death throes spat out atoms like iron which this universe had never known. ... Now the iron of old nova coughings vivifies the redness of our blood. — Howard Bloom ...(more on Blood)

AnatomyAstronomyBacteriaBiochemistryBotanyConservationDinosaurEnvironmentFractalGeneticsGeologyHistory of ScienceInventionJupiterKnowledgeLoveMathematicsMeasurementMedicineNatural ResourceOrganic ChemistryPhysicsPhysicianQuantum TheoryResearchScience and ArtTeacherTechnologyUniverseVolcanoVirusWind PowerWomen ScientistsX-RaysYouthZoology  ... (more topics)

Short Stories of Science and Invention Page thumbnail Short Stories of Science and Invention

Weekly, from September 1942 to July 1945, Charles F. Kettering (who invented the first automobile self-starter) gave five-minute intermission talks about Science and Invention during the radio broadcasts of the General Motors Symphony of the Air. These radio talks are a fascinating legacy from the mind of a prolific inventor.

Research is a State of MindA Veterinarian “Shoes” a Horseless CarriageOrukter AmphibolosLady of the LampAn Idea ExplodesR-A-D-A-RA Man Who Groped in the DarkChristmas LecturerThe Crown JewelsGeorge Washington - Patriot, Statesman and ScientistFrom Cocoon to Test TubePurple Dye, Sun Glasses and Malaria ... (more stories)

Stories Abpout Chemistry Page thumbnail Stories About Chemistry

Henning Brand's “Philosopher's Stone”: There once lived in the Middle Ages in the German town of Hamburg a merchant by the name of Hennig Brand. We do not know how inventive he was in his trade operations, but can assert confidently that he had only a very crude idea of chemistry...
One fine evening the former merchant had a streak of luck. A substance, white as snow, settled at the bottom of his retort. It burned quickly, forming thick asphyxiating fumes. And the strangest thing was that it glowed in the dark. The cold light it gave off was so bright that Brand could read his ancient alchemical treatises by it (for him these treatises had now taken the place of business letters and receipts). (complete story)

How the Inert Gases Stopped Being InertThe Icicle's SecretsMortality and Immortality in the World of ElementsOn the Track of False SunsLittle Stories from ArcheologyA Hymn to Modern AlchemistsElement RegisterLightning and TortoisesHow to Make a Tortoise Go Like "Lightning" and Vice VersaHow Chemistry Made Friends with ElectricityEnemy Number One......And How to Fight ItA Luminous JetThe Sun as Chemist ... (more stories)

Perpetual Motion Page thumbnailPerpetual Motion

Introduction: The history of the search for perpetual motion does not afford a single instance of ascertained success; all that wears any appearance of probability remains secret, and like other secrets, can not be defended in any satisfactory way against the opinions of the skeptical, who have in their favor, in this instance, an appeal to learned authorities against the principle of all such machines, and the total want of operativeness in all known practical results. Published statements afford sorry examples of talents and ingenuity strangely misapplied. Some, but very few, are slightly redeemed from contempt by a glimpse of novelty. Of genius all are deficient, and the reproductions of known fallacies show a remarkable ignorance of first principles on one side and of the most ordinary sources of information on the other. ... (more)


Nature bears long with those who wrong her. She is patient under abuse. But when abuse has gone too far, when the time of reckoning finally comes, she is equally slow to be appeased and to turn away her wrath. (1882) -- Nathaniel Egleston, who was writing then about deforestation, but speaks equally well about the danger of climate change today.
Carl Sagan Thumbnail Carl Sagan: In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) ...(more by Sagan)

Albert Einstein: I used to wonder how it comes about that the electron is negative. Negative-positive—these are perfectly symmetric in physics. There is no reason whatever to prefer one to the other. Then why is the electron negative? I thought about this for a long time and at last all I could think was “It won the fight!” ...(more by Einstein)

Richard Feynman: It is the facts that matter, not the proofs. Physics can progress without the proofs, but we can't go on without the facts ... if the facts are right, then the proofs are a matter of playing around with the algebra correctly. ...(more by Feynman)
Quotations by: • Albert Einstein • Isaac Newton • Lord Kelvin • Charles Darwin • Srinivasa Ramanujan • Carl Sagan • Florence Nightingale • Thomas Edison • Aristotle • Marie Curie • Benjamin Franklin • Winston Churchill • Galileo Galilei • Sigmund Freud • Robert Bunsen • Louis Pasteur • Theodore Roosevelt • Abraham Lincoln • Ronald Reagan • Leonardo DaVinci • Michio Kaku • Karl Popper • Johann Goethe • Robert Oppenheimer • Charles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about: • Atomic  Bomb • Biology • Chemistry • Deforestation • Engineering • Anatomy • Astronomy • Bacteria • Biochemistry • Botany • Conservation • Dinosaur • Environment • Fractal • Genetics • Geology • History of Science • Invention • Jupiter • Knowledge • Love • Mathematics • Measurement • Medicine • Natural Resource • Organic Chemistry • Physics • Physician • Quantum Theory • Research • Science and Art • Teacher • Technology • Universe • Volcano • Virus • Wind Power • Women Scientists • X-Rays • Youth • Zoology  ... (more topics)

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Sign up for the email newsletter, and you will receive a daily dose of the science events and people for that day. Each newsletter may include a description and link to a feature article, some quotations from the scientists born or died on the day, and some quiz questions. Some days the scientist names or events are very familiar, and the questions are easier. Other days, the questions should raise your interest in knowing about the lesser known scientists. There is a link to instant answers online, or they also come in the next day's newsletter. ... (sign up)

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