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John Kenneth Galbraith
(15 Oct 1908 - 29 Apr 2006)

Canadian-American economist , who was one of the most influential in his field through the post World War II era. He wrote many books on economics, including The Affluent Society (1958) and Money (1975).

Science Quotes by John Kenneth Galbraith (6 quotes)

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
A Contemporary Guide to Economics, Peace, and Laughter (1971), 50.
Science quotes on:  |  Change (291)  |  Proof (192)

Inventions that are not made, like babies that are not born, are rarely missed. In the absence of new developments, old ones may seem very impressive for quite a long while.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
The Affluent Society (1958), 127.
Science quotes on:  |  Invention (283)

She is a reflection of comfortable middle-class values that do not take seriously the continuing unemployment. What I particularly regret is that she does not take seriously the intellectual decline. Having given up the Empire and the mass production of industrial goods, Britain's future lay in its scientific and artistic pre-eminence. Mrs Thatcher will be long remembered for the damage she has done.
On Mrs Margaret H. Thatcher.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
The Guardian, 15 Oct 1988.
Science quotes on:  |  Intellect (157)  |  Research (517)

Technology means the systematic application of scientific or other organized knowledge to practical tasks.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
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Science quotes on:  |  Application (117)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Means (109)  |  Organize (14)  |  Practical (93)  |  Scientific (169)  |  Systematic (25)  |  Task (68)  |  Technology (199)

The real accomplishment of modern science and technology consists in taking ordinary men, informing them narrowly and deeply and then, through appropriate organization, arranging to have their knowledge combined with that of other specialized but equally ordinary men. This dispenses with the need for genius. The resulting performance, though less inspiring, is far more predictable.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
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There is an insistent tendency among serious social scientists to think of any institution which features rhymed and singing commercials, intense and lachrymose voices urging highly improbable enjoyment, caricatures of the human esophagus in normal and impaired operation, and which hints implausibly at opportunities for antiseptic seduction as inherently trivial. This is a great mistake. The industrial system is profoundly dependent on commercial television and could not exist in its present form without it.
— John Kenneth Galbraith
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Quotes by others about John Kenneth Galbraith (1)

Some years ago John Kenneth Galbraith wrote in an essay on his efforts at writing a history of economics: ‘As one approaches the present, one is filled with a sense of hopelessness; in a year and possibly even a month, there is now more economic comment in the supposedly serious literature than survives from the whole of the thousand years commonly denominated as the Middle Ages ... anyone who claims to be familiar with it all is a confessing liar.’ I believe that all physicists would subscribe to the same sentiments regarding their own professional literature. I do at any rate.
'The Physical Review Then and Now', in H. Henry Stroke, Physical Review: The First Hundred Years: a Selection of Seminal Papers and Commentaries, Vol. 1, 1.
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