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Sir Nevill F. Mott
(30 Sep 1905 - 8 Aug 1996)

English physicist.


Science Quotes by Sir Nevill F. Mott (5 quotes)

All scientific theories are provisional and may be changed, but ... on the whole, they are accepted from Washington to Moscow because of their practical success. Where religion has opposed the findings of science, it has almost always had to retreat.
— Sir Nevill F. Mott
Essay 'Science Will Never Give Us the Answers to All Our Questions', collected in Henry Margenau, and Roy Abraham Varghese (eds.), Cosmos, Bios, Theos (1992), 65.
Science quotes on:  |  Accepted (6)  |  Change (364)  |  Findings (5)  |  Moscow (4)  |  Opposed (3)  |  Practical (133)  |  Provisional (5)  |  Religion (239)  |  Retreat (11)  |  Science (2067)  |  Science And Religion (302)  |  Scientific (236)  |  Scientific Theory (24)  |  Success (250)  |  Theory (696)  |  Washington (5)

In considering God's power, we must not look for a God of the Gaps, a god who is called in for those phenomena for which there is yet no scientific explanation.
— Sir Nevill F. Mott
Essay 'Science Will Never Give Us the Answers to All Our Questions', collected in Henry Margenau, and Roy Abraham Varghese (eds.), Cosmos, Bios, Theos (1992), 66.
Science quotes on:  |  Call (128)  |  Consider (81)  |  Explanation (177)  |  Gap (23)  |  God (535)  |  Phenomenon (278)  |  Power (366)  |  Science And Religion (302)  |  Scientific (236)

In my understanding of God I start with certain firm beliefs. One is that the laws of nature are not broken. We do not, of course, know all these laws yet, but I believe that such laws exist. I do not, therefore, believe in the literal truth of some miracles which are featured in the Christian Scriptures, such as the Virgin Birth or water into wine. ... God works, I believe, within natural laws, and, according to natural laws, these things happen.
— Sir Nevill F. Mott
Essay 'Science Will Never Give Us the Answers to All Our Questions', collected in Henry Margenau, and Roy Abraham Varghese (eds.), Cosmos, Bios, Theos (1992), 66.
Science quotes on:  |  According (9)  |  Belief (504)  |  Birth (93)  |  Broken (12)  |  Christian (22)  |  Exist (148)  |  God (535)  |  Happen (82)  |  Know (556)  |  Law Of Nature (64)  |  Literal (8)  |  Miracle (66)  |  Natural Law (31)  |  Science And Religion (302)  |  Scripture (12)  |  Truth (928)  |  Understanding (325)  |  Virgin (4)  |  Water (293)  |  Wine (28)  |  Work (635)

Neither physical science nor psychology can ever ‘explain’ human consciousness. To me then, human consciousness lies outside science, and it is here that I seek the relationship between God and man.
— Sir Nevill F. Mott
In Can scientists believe? (1991), 8.
Science quotes on:  |  Consciousness (82)  |  Explain (107)  |  God (535)  |  Human (550)  |  Man (373)  |  Psychology (143)  |  Relationship (71)  |  Science And Religion (302)  |  Seek (107)

Science can have a purifying effect on religion, freeing it from beliefs of a pre-scientific age and helping us to a truer conception of God. At the same time, I am far from believing that science will ever give us the answers to all our questions.
— Sir Nevill F. Mott
Essay 'Science Will Never Give Us the Answers to All Our Questions', collected in Henry Margenau, and Roy Abraham Varghese (eds.), Cosmos, Bios, Theos (1992), 65.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (178)  |  Answer (249)  |  Belief (504)  |  Conception (92)  |  Effect (166)  |  Freeing (2)  |  God (535)  |  Help (103)  |  Pre-Scientific (2)  |  Purify (9)  |  Question (404)  |  Religion (239)  |  Science (2067)



Quotes by others about Sir Nevill F. Mott (1)

A. R. Todd
Thinks he’s God.
N. F. Mott
Says he’s not.
Anonymous
Quoted by William Lord in The Times (22 Jan 1997), remarking on the competitiveness between the Physics and Chemistry Departments at the University of Cambridge.
Science quotes on:  |  Cambridge (16)  |  Chemistry (252)  |  Competitiveness (2)  |  Concern (110)  |  Department (47)  |  God (535)  |  Physics (348)  |  Say (228)  |  Think (347)  |  Lord Alexander R. Todd (5)  |  University (81)


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