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Poul (William) Anderson
(25 Nov 1926 - 31 Jul 2001)

American author whose first story was published in 1946 when 20 years old. He continued writing, and in the next fifty years produced many science fiction books

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He had seen too much of the cosmos to have any great faith in man's ability to understand it.
— Poul (William) Anderson
Ghetto (1954)
Science quotes on:  |  Ability (153)  |  Cosmos (63)  |  Faith (203)  |  Great (1575)  |  Man (2249)  |  Understand (607)  |  Universe (861)

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
— Poul (William) Anderson
Quoted in William Thorpe, 'Reduction v. Organicism,' New Scientist, 25 Sep 1969, 43, No 66, 638. As cited in Carl C. Gaither, Statistically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations (1996), 187.
Science quotes on:  |  Become (815)  |  Complicated (115)  |  Look (582)  |  More (2559)  |  Problem (679)  |  Research (677)  |  Right (452)  |  See (1082)  |  Still (613)  |  Way (1216)

If we knew exactly what to expect throughout the Solar System, we would have no reason to explore it.
— Poul (William) Anderson
The Saturn Game (1981)
Science quotes on:  |  Expect (201)  |  Exploration (135)  |  Reason (744)  |  Solar System (78)  |  System (537)  |  Throughout (98)

When facts are insufficient, theorizing is ridiculous at best, misleading at worst.
— Poul (William) Anderson
The Queen of Air and Darkness (1971). Quoted in Gary Westfahl, Science Fiction Quotations (2005), 322.
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Will none wipe the sneer of the face of the cosmos?
— Poul (William) Anderson
The Broken Sword (1954)
Science quotes on:  |  Cosmos (63)  |  Face (212)  |  Sneer (9)  |  Universe (861)  |  Will (2354)


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