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Renι Dubos
(20 Feb 1901 - 20 Feb 1982)

French-American microbiologist and environmentalist.


Science Quotes by Renι Dubos (7 quotes)

Eradication of microbial disease is a will-o’-the-wisp; pursuing it leads into a morass of hazy biological concepts and half truths.
— Renι Dubos
Man Adapting (1965), 381.
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (257)  |  Microbe (17)

Man not only survives and functions in his environment, he shapes it and he is shaped by it.
— Renι Dubos
In Barbara Ward and Renι Jules Dubos, Only One Earth: the Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet: an unofficial report commissioned by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (1972), 30. This is similar to the quote, “Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment,” which is commonly seen attributed to Dubos, but without citation. If you know the primary source of this wording of that quote, please contact webmaster.
Science quotes on:  |  Decision (58)  |  Environment (138)  |  Function (90)  |  Himself (10)  |  Man (345)  |  Shape (52)  |  Survival (49)

Microbiology is usually regarded as having no relevance to the feelings and aspirations of the man of flesh and bone. Yet, never in my professional life do I find myself far removed from the man of flesh and bone. It is not only because microbes are ubiquitous in our environment, and therefore must be studied for the sake of human welfare. More interesting, and far more important in the long run, is the fact that microbes exhibit profound resemblances to man. They resemble him in their physical makeup, in their properties, in their responses to various stimuli; they also display associations with other living things which have perplexing and illuminating analogies with human societies.
— Renι Dubos
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Religion and science ... constitute deep-rooted and ancient efforts to find richer experience and deeper meaning than are found in the ordinary biological and social satisfactions. As pointed out by Whitehead, religion and science have similar origins and are evolving toward similar goals. Both started from crude observations and fanciful concepts, meaningful only within a narrow range of conditions for the people who formulated them of their limited tribal experience. But progressively, continuously, and almost simultaneously, religious and scientific concepts are ridding themselves of their coarse and local components, reaching higher and higher levels of abstraction and purity. Both the myths of religion and the laws of science, it is now becoming apparent, are not so much descriptions of facts as symbolic expressions of cosmic truths.
— Renι Dubos
'On Being Human,' A God Within, Scribner (1972).
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The experiment serves two purposes, often independent one from the other: it allows the observation of new facts, hitherto either unsuspected, or not yet well defined; and it determines whether a working hypothesis fits the world of observable facts.
— Renι Dubos
In Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science (1960), 362.
Science quotes on:  |  Definition (152)  |  Experiment (543)  |  Fact (609)  |  Hypothesis (227)  |  Independent (41)  |  Observable (4)  |  Observation (418)  |  Purpose (138)

The progress of science depends less than is usually believed on the efforts and performance of the individual genius ... many important discoveries have been made by men of ordinary talents, simply because chance had made them, at the proper time and in the proper place and circumstances, recipients of a body of doctrines, facts and techniques that rendered almost inevitable the recognition of an important phenomenon. It is surprising that some historian has not taken malicious pleasure in writing an anthology of 'one discovery' scientists. Many exciting facts have been discovered as a result of loose thinking and unimaginative experimentation, and described in wrappings of empty words. One great discovery does not betoken a great scientist; science now and then selects insignificant standard bearers to display its banners.
— Renι Dubos
Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science (1986), 368
Science quotes on:  |  Discovery (591)  |  Experiment (543)  |  Fact (609)  |  Genius (186)  |  Historian (30)  |  Men Of Science (97)  |  Progress (317)  |  Progress Of Science (20)  |  Serendipity (13)  |  Thought (374)

There is a demon in technology. It was put there by man and man will have to exorcise it before technological civilization can achieve the eighteenth-century ideal of humane civilized life.
— Renι Dubos
A God Within (1972), 216.
Science quotes on:  |  18th Century (17)  |  Civilization (155)  |  Demon (6)  |  Ideal (52)  |  Man (345)  |  Technology (199)


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