Becoming Quotes (13 quotes)
All science as it grows toward perfection becomes mathematical in its ideas.
An egg is a chemical process, but it is not a mere chemical process. It is one that is going places—even when, in our world of chance and contingency, it ends up in an omelet and not in a chicken. Though it surely be a chemical process, we cannot understand it adequately without knowing the kind of chicken it has the power to become.
Ardent desire for knowledge, in fact, is the one motive attracting and supporting investigators in their efforts; and just this knowledge, really grasped and yet always flying before them, becomes at once their sole torment and their sole happiness. Those who do not know the torment of the unknown cannot have the joy of discovery which is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel.
As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human lifeso I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
Dust consisting of fine fibers of asbestos, which are insoluble and virtually indestructible, may become a public health problem in the near future. At a recent international conference on the biological effects of asbestos sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences, participants pointed out on the one hand that workers exposed to asbestos dust are prone in later life to develop lung cancer, and on the other hand that the use of this family of fibrous silicate compounds has expanded enormously during the past few decades. A laboratory curiosity 100 years ago, asbestos today is a major component of building materials.
Every art should become science, and every science should become art.
I cannot think of a single field in biology or medicine in which we can claim genuine understanding, and it seems to me the more we learn about living creatures, especially ourselves, the stranger life becomes.
I was reading in an article on Bizet not long ago that music has ceased to be an art and has become a sciencein which event it must have a mathematical future!
It is certain that as a nation we are all smoking a great deal too much ... Smoking among boysto whom it cannot possibly do any kind of good, while it may do a vast amount of active harmis becoming prevalent to a most pernicious extent. ... It would be an excellent thing for the morality of the people could the use of intoxicants and tobacco be forbidden to all persons under twenty years of age. (1878)
It is often claimed that knowledge multiplies so rapidly that nobody can follow it. I believe this is incorrect. At least in science it is not true. The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler. This, of course, goes contrary to what everyone accepts.
Modern science is necessarily a double-edged tool, a tool that cuts both ways. ... There is no doubt that a Zeppelin is a wonderful thing; but that did not prevent it from becoming a horrible thing.
Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.
Solar is now bankable. When solar was perceived as more risky it required a premium [and now its] becoming part of a much broader capital market.