Candid Quotes (3 quotes)
Iconography becomes even more revealing when processes or concepts, rather than objects, must be depictedfor the constraint of a definite thing cedes directly to the imagination. How can we draw evolution or social organization, not to mention the more mundane digestion or self-interest, without portraying more of a mental structure than a physical reality? If we wish to trace the history of ideas, iconography becomes a candid camera trained upon the scholars mind.
If, for example, I had some idea, which, as it turned out would, say, be quite wrong, was going off of the tangent, Watson would tell me in no uncertain terms this was nonsense, and vice-versa. If he had some idea I didnt like and I would say so and this would shake his thinking about it and draw him back again. And in fact, its one of the requirements for collaboration of this sort that you must be perfectly candid, one might almost say rude, to the person you are working with. Its useless, working with somebody whos either much too junior than yourself, or much too senior, because then politeness creeps in. And this is the end of all real collaboration in science.
The history of chemistry is properly divided into the mythologic, the obscure, and the certain. The first period exhibits it from its infancy, deformed by fictions, until the destruction of the library of Alexandria by the Arabs. The second, though freed in some measure from these absurdities, yet is still clothed in numberless enigmas and allegorical expressions. The third period commences at the middle of the seventeenth century, with the first establishment of societies and academies of science; of which the wise associates, in many places uniting their efforts, determined to pursue the study of Natural Philosophy by observation and experiments, and candidly to publish their attempts in a general account of their transactions.