Celebrating 19 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index C > Category: Create

Create Quotes (235 quotes)

Dilbert: And we know mass creates gravity because more dense planets have more gravity.
Dogbert: How do we know which planets are more dense?
Dilbert:They have more gravity.
Dogbert: That's circular reasoning.
Dilbert: I prefer to think of it as having no loose ends.
Dilbert cartoon strip (1 Mar 1999).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Circular (19)  |  Density (25)  |  Do (1908)  |  End (590)  |  Gravity (132)  |  Know (1518)  |  Loose End (3)  |  Mass (157)  |  More (2559)  |  Planet (356)  |  Reasoning (207)  |  Think (1086)

Dilbert: Wow! According to my computer simulation, it should be possible to create new life forms from common household chemicals
Dogbert: This raises some thorny issues.
Dilbert: You mean legal, ethical and religious issues?
Dogbert: I was thinking about parking spaces.
Dilbert comic strip (31 May 1989).
Science quotes on:  |  According (237)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Common (436)  |  Computer (127)  |  Creation (327)  |  Ethical (34)  |  Ethics (50)  |  Form (959)  |  Household (8)  |  Issue (42)  |  Life (1795)  |  Life-Form (6)  |  Mean (809)  |  New (1216)  |  Possibility (164)  |  Possible (552)  |  Religion (361)  |  Religious (126)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  Simulation (7)  |  Space (500)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Thorny (2)

Le génie crée, le talent reproduit.
Genius creates, talent repeats.
In Pailles et Poutres (1877), collected in La Pensées Française: Anthologie des Auteurs de Maximes du XVie Siècle a nos Jours (1921), 295. Alternative translations could be "talent reproduces" or "talent copies."
Science quotes on:  |  Creation (327)  |  Genius (284)  |  Repeat (42)  |  Talent (94)

Nil posse creari de nihilo.
Nothing can be created from nothing.
In De Rerum Natura, Book 1, lines 156-157. Title is translated as On the Nature of Things.
Science quotes on:  |  Nothing (966)

[About reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, age 14, in the back seat of his parents' sedan. I almost threw up. I got physically ill when I learned that ospreys and peregrine falcons weren't raising chicks because of what people were spraying on bugs at their farms and lawns. This was the first time I learned that humans could impact the environment with chemicals. [That a corporation would create a product that didn't operate as advertised] was shocking in a way we weren't inured to.
As quoted by Eliza Griswold, in 'The Wild Life of “Silent Spring”', New York Times (23 Sep 2012), Magazine 39.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Age (499)  |  Back (390)  |  Bug (10)  |  Rachel Carson (43)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Chick (3)  |  Corporation (6)  |  Environment (216)  |  Falcon (2)  |  Farm (26)  |  First (1283)  |  Human (1468)  |  Impact (42)  |  Lawn (5)  |  Learn (629)  |  Learned (235)  |  Parent (76)  |  People (1005)  |  Product (160)  |  Reading (133)  |  Shock (37)  |  Sick (81)  |  Spring (133)  |  Time (1877)  |  Way (1217)

A body of work such as Pasteur’s is inconceivable in our time: no man would be given a chance to create a whole science. Nowadays a path is scarcely opened up when the crowd begins to pour in.
Pensées d’un Biologiste (1939). Translated in The Substance of Man (1962), Chap. 6.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Begin (260)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Body (537)  |  Chance (239)  |  Creation (327)  |  Crowd (24)  |  Man (2251)  |  Nowadays (6)  |  Open (274)  |  Opening (15)  |  Louis Pasteur (81)  |  Path (144)  |  Pouring (3)  |  Scarcely (74)  |  Science (3879)  |  Time (1877)  |  Whole (738)  |  Work (1351)

A celebrated author and divine has written to me that “he has gradually learnt to see that it is just as noble a conception of the Deity to believe that He created a few original forms capable of self-development into other and needful forms, as to believe that He required a fresh act of creation to supply the voids caused by the action of His laws.”
In Origin of Species (1860), 417.
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Action (327)  |  Author (167)  |  Belief (578)  |  Capable (168)  |  Cause (541)  |  Conception (154)  |  Creation (327)  |  Deity (22)  |  Development (422)  |  Divine (112)  |  Form (959)  |  Fresh (67)  |  Gradual (27)  |  Gradually (102)  |  Law (894)  |  Learn (629)  |  Need (290)  |  Noble (90)  |  Original (58)  |  Other (2236)  |  Required (108)  |  See (1081)  |  Self (267)  |  Supply (93)  |  Void (31)

A creative force that either creates itself or arises from nothing, and which is a causa sui (its own cause), exactly resembles Baron Munchhausen, who drew himself out of the bog by taking hold of his own hair.
From Force and Matter: Or, Principles of the Natural Order of the Universe (15th ed. 1884), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Arise (158)  |  Bog (5)  |  Cause (541)  |  Creative (137)  |  Force (487)  |  Hair (25)  |  Himself (461)  |  Hold (95)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Resemble (63)

A fateful process is set in motion when the individual is released “to the freedom of his own impotence” and left to justify his existence by his own efforts. The autonomous individual, striving to realize himself and prove his worth, has created all that is great in literature, art, music, science and technology. The autonomous individual, also, when he can neither realize himself nor justify his existence by his own efforts, is a breeding call of frustration, and the seed of the convulsions which shake our world to its foundations.
In The Passionate State of Mind (1955), 18.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Art (657)  |  Autonomous (3)  |  Breed (24)  |  Breeding (21)  |  Call (769)  |  Convulsion (5)  |  Effort (227)  |  Existence (456)  |  Fateful (2)  |  Foundation (171)  |  Freedom (129)  |  Frustration (12)  |  Great (1574)  |  Himself (461)  |  Impotence (8)  |  Individual (404)  |  Justify (24)  |  Leave (130)  |  Literature (103)  |  Motion (310)  |  Music (129)  |  Process (423)  |  Prove (250)  |  Realize (147)  |  Release (27)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Technology (45)  |  Seed (93)  |  Set (394)  |  Shake (41)  |  Strive (46)  |  Technology (257)  |  World (1774)  |  Worth (169)

A great deal of the universe does not need any explanation. Elephants, for instance. Once molecules have learnt to compete and to create other molecules in their own image, elephants, and things resembling elephants, will in due course be found roaming around the countryside ... Some of the things resembling elephants will be men.
The Creation (1981), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Course (409)  |  Creation (327)  |  Deal (188)  |  Due (141)  |  Elephant (31)  |  Explanation (234)  |  Great (1574)  |  Image (96)  |  Man (2251)  |  Molecule (174)  |  Other (2236)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Universe (857)  |  Will (2355)

A living civilization creates; a dying, builds museums.
Science quotes on:  |  Build (204)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Living (491)  |  Museum (31)

A man said to the universe,
“Sir, I exist.”
“However,” replied the universe,
“the fact has not created in me
a sense of obligation.”
In 'A Man Said to the Universe', Poem 21 in War Is Kind (1899). In Stephen Crane and Joseph Katz (ed.), The Complete Poems by Stephen Crane (1972), 139.
Science quotes on:  |  Exist (443)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Man (2251)  |  Obligation (25)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Reply (56)  |  Sense (770)  |  Universe (857)

A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe. ... What a terrible future!
In letter to A.S. Suvorin (18 Oct 1888).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Axe (15)  |  Beautiful (258)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Character (243)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Climate (97)  |  Crash (9)  |  Deforestation (45)  |  Down (456)  |  Earth (996)  |  Essential (199)  |  Forest (150)  |  Future (429)  |  Happiness (115)  |  Harsh (8)  |  Inconceivable (12)  |  Influence (222)  |  Life (1795)  |  More (2559)  |  People (1005)  |  Right (452)  |  Severe (16)  |  Star (427)  |  Stars (304)  |  Sun (385)  |  Terrible (38)  |  Tree (246)  |  Water (481)

A “critic” is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased—he hates all creative people equally.
In Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long (1973), 365.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Creating (7)  |  Creative (137)  |  Creativity (76)  |  Critic (20)  |  Equality (31)  |  Equally (130)  |  Feel (367)  |  Hate (64)  |  Hatred (21)  |  Judge (108)  |  Logic (287)  |  Man (2251)  |  Nothing (966)  |  People (1005)  |  Qualification (14)  |  Qualified (12)  |  Unbiased (7)  |  Work (1351)

All the scientist creates in a fact is the language in which he enunciates it. If he predicts a fact, he will employ this language, and for all those who can speak and understand it, his prediction is free from ambiguity. Moreover, this prediction once made, it evidently does not depend upon him whether it is fulfilled or not.
The Value of Science (1905), in The Foundations of Science: Science and Hypothesis, The Value of Science, Science and Method(1946), trans. by George Bruce Halsted, 332.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Ambiguity (17)  |  Creation (327)  |  Depend (228)  |  Dependence (45)  |  Employ (113)  |  Employment (32)  |  Enunciation (7)  |  Evidence (248)  |  Evidently (26)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Free (232)  |  Freedom (129)  |  Fulfillment (18)  |  Language (293)  |  Predict (79)  |  Prediction (82)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Speak (232)  |  Speaking (119)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Will (2355)

Almighty God, to whose efficacious Word all things owe their original, abounding in his own glorious Essence with infinite goodness and fecundity, did in the beginning Create Man after his own likeness, Male and Female, created he them; the true distinction of which Sexes, consists merely in the different site of those parts of the body, wherein Generation necessarily requires a Diversity: for both Male and Female he impartially endued with the same, and altogether indifferent form of Soul, the Woman being possess’d of no less excellent Faculties of Mind, Reason, and Speech, than the Man, and equally with him aspiring to those Regions of Bliss and Glory, where there shall be no exception of Sex.
In Female Pre-eminence: Or, The Dignity and Excellency of that Sex above the Male, translation (1670).
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Almighty (23)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Being (1278)  |  Bliss (3)  |  Body (537)  |  Both (493)  |  Consist (223)  |  Creation (327)  |  Different (577)  |  Distinction (72)  |  Diversity (73)  |  Equally (130)  |  Essence (82)  |  Exception (73)  |  Female (50)  |  Form (959)  |  Generation (242)  |  Glorious (48)  |  Glory (58)  |  God (757)  |  Goodness (25)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Likeness (18)  |  Man (2251)  |  Merely (316)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Necessarily (135)  |  Owe (71)  |  Possess (156)  |  Reason (744)  |  Require (219)  |  Sex (69)  |  Soul (226)  |  Speech (61)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Woman (151)  |  Word (619)

Although species may be discrete, they have no immutable essence. Variation is the raw material of evolutionary change. It represents the fundamental reality of nature, not an accident about a created norm. Variation is primary; essences are illusory. Species must be defined as ranges of irreducible variation.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Accident (88)  |  Change (593)  |  Define (49)  |  Discrete (11)  |  Essence (82)  |  Evolutionary (23)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Illusory (2)  |  Immutable (22)  |  Irreducible (7)  |  Material (353)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Norm (5)  |  Primary (80)  |  Range (99)  |  Raw (28)  |  Reality (261)  |  Represent (155)  |  Species (401)  |  Variation (90)

Amazing that the human race has taken enough time out from thinking about food or sex to create the arts and sciences.
City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection (1991).
Science quotes on:  |  Amazing (35)  |  Art (657)  |  Enough (340)  |  Food (199)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Race (100)  |  Race (268)  |  Science (3879)  |  Sex (69)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Time (1877)

An essential [of an inventor] is a logical mind that sees analogies. No! No! not mathematical. No man of a mathematical habit of mind ever invented anything that amounted to much. He hasn’t the imagination to do it. He sticks too close to the rules, and to the things he is mathematically sure he knows, to create anything new.
As quoted in French Strother, 'The Modern Profession of Inventing', World's Work and Play (Jul 1905), 6, No. 32, 187.
Science quotes on:  |  Amount (151)  |  Analogy (71)  |  Do (1908)  |  Essential (199)  |  Habit (168)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Invent (51)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Know (1518)  |  Logical (55)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mind (1338)  |  New (1216)  |  Rule (294)  |  See (1081)  |  Thing (1915)

An intimate friend and a hated enemy have always been indispensable requirements for my emotional life; I have always been able to create them anew, and not infrequently my childish ideal has been so closely approached that friend and enemy coincided in the same person.
The Interpretation of Dreams (1913), 385. Sigmund Freud - 1913
Science quotes on:  |  Anew (18)  |  Approach (108)  |  Childish (20)  |  Coincidence (19)  |  Emotion (100)  |  Enemy (82)  |  Friend (168)  |  Hatred (21)  |  Ideal (99)  |  Indispensable (28)  |  Infrequently (2)  |  Intimate (15)  |  Life (1795)  |  Person (363)  |  Requirement (63)

Arithmetic must be discovered in just the same sense in which Columbus discovered the West Indies, and we no more create numbers than he created the Indians.
The Principles of Mathematics (1903), 451.
Science quotes on:  |  Arithmetic (136)  |  Christopher Columbus (15)  |  Creation (327)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Indian (27)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Number (699)  |  Sense (770)

Art creates an incomparable and unique effect, and, having done so, passes on to other things. Nature, upon the other hand, forgetting that imitation can be made the sincerest form of insult, keeps on repeating the effect until we all become absolutely wearied of it.
In 'Decay of Lying', The Writings of Oscar Wilde: Epigrams, Phrases and Philosophies For the Use of the Young (1907), 8.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolutely (39)  |  All (4108)  |  Art (657)  |  Become (815)  |  Effect (393)  |  Forget (115)  |  Form (959)  |  Imitation (24)  |  Incomparable (12)  |  Insult (14)  |  Keep (101)  |  Nature (1926)  |  On The Other Hand (34)  |  Other (2236)  |  Pass (238)  |  Repeat (42)  |  Sincere (4)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Unique (67)  |  Weary (11)

Art gallery? Who needs it? Look up at the swirling silver-lined clouds in the magnificent blue sky or at the silently blazing stars at midnight. How could indoor art be any more masterfully created than God’s museum of nature?
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Art (657)  |  Blaze (14)  |  Blue (56)  |  Cloud (104)  |  Gallery (7)  |  God (757)  |  Indoor (2)  |  Look (582)  |  Magnificent (43)  |  Midnight (11)  |  More (2559)  |  Museum (31)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Need (290)  |  Silently (4)  |  Silver (46)  |  Sky (161)  |  Star (427)  |  Stars (304)  |  Swirl (10)

Art is more godlike than science. Science discovers; art creates.
John Opie
As given, without citation, in Maturin Murray Ballo, Edge-Tools of Speech (1851), 25. Also in a fictional conversation in novel by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton, Zanoni (1842), 89.
Science quotes on:  |  Art (657)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Godlike (3)  |  More (2559)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Art (184)

As to Bell’s talking telegraph, it only creates interest in scientific circles, and, as a toy it is beautiful; but … its commercial value will be limited.
Letter to William D. Baldwin, his attorney (1 Nov 1876). Telephone Investigating Committee, House of Representatives, United States 49th Congress, 1st Session, Miscellaneous Documents (1886), No. 355, 1186.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Beautiful (258)  |  Bell (35)  |  Alexander Graham Bell (37)  |  Circle (110)  |  Commercial (26)  |  Creation (327)  |  Interest (386)  |  Limit (280)  |  Limited (101)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Talk (100)  |  Talking (76)  |  Telegraph (38)  |  Telephone (27)  |  Toy (19)  |  Value (365)  |  Will (2355)

At the bidding of a Peter the Hermit many millions of men swarmed to the East; the words of an hallucinated person … have created the force necessary to triumph over the Graeco-Roman world; an obscure monk like Luther set Europe ablaze and bathed in blood. The voice of a Galileo or a Newton will never have the least echo among the masses. The inventors of genius transform a civilization. The fanatics and the hallucinated create history.
From Les Premières Civilisations (1889), 171. English in The Psychology of Peoples (1898), Book 1, Chap. 1, 204, tweaked by Webmaster. Original French text: “A la voix d'un Pierre l'Ermite, plusieurs millions d'hommes se sont précipités sur l'Orient; les paroles d'un halluciné … ont créé la force nécessaire pour triompher du vieux monde gréco-romain; un moine obscur, comme Luther, a mis l'Europe à feu et à sang. Ce n’est pas parmi les foules que la voix d’un Galilée ou d’un Newton aura jamais le plus faible écho. Les inventeurs de génie transforment une civilisation. Les fanatiques et les hallucinés créent l’histoire.”
Science quotes on:  |  Bathe (3)  |  Bidding (2)  |  Blood (134)  |  Capable (168)  |  Civilization (204)  |  East (18)  |  Echo (11)  |  Enthusiast (7)  |  Europe (43)  |  Fanatic (7)  |  Force (487)  |  Galileo Galilei (122)  |  Genius (284)  |  Greece (8)  |  Hasten (13)  |  History (673)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Martin Luther (9)  |  March (46)  |  Million (114)  |  Monk (5)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Never (1087)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Obscure (62)  |  Orient (4)  |  Person (363)  |  Roman (36)  |  Rome (19)  |  Set (394)  |  Swarm (14)  |  Transform (73)  |  Triumph (73)  |  Voice (52)  |  Will (2355)  |  Word (619)  |  World (1774)

Chemical analysis and synthesis go no farther than to the separation of particles one from another, and to their reunion. No new creation or destruction of matter is within the reach of chemical agency. We might as well attempt to introduce a new planet into the solar system, or to annihilate one already in existence, as to create or destroy a particle of hydrogen.
A New System of Chemical Philosophy (1808), Vol. 1, 212.
Science quotes on:  |  Already (222)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Annihilate (9)  |  Atomic Theory (15)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Conservation Of Matter (7)  |  Creation (327)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Destruction (125)  |  Existence (456)  |  Farther (51)  |  Hydrogen (75)  |  Introduce (63)  |  Matter (798)  |  New (1216)  |  Particle (194)  |  Planet (356)  |  Reach (281)  |  Separation (57)  |  Solar System (77)  |  Synthesis (57)  |  System (537)

Civilisations as yet have only been created and directed by a small intellectual aristocracy, never by crowds. Crowds are only powerful for destruction.
From original French, “Les civilisations n’ont été créées et guidées jusqu’ici que par une petite aristocratie intellectuelle, jamais par les foules. Les foules n’ont de puissance que pour détruire,” in Psychologie des Foules (1895), Preface, 6. English text in The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (1897), Introduction, xviii. Also seen translated as, “All the civilizations we know have been created and directed by small intellectual aristocracies, never by people in the mass. The power of crowds is only to destroy.”
Science quotes on:  |  Aristocracy (6)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Crowd (24)  |  Destruction (125)  |  Direct (225)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Never (1087)  |  Powerful (139)  |  Small (477)

Create a vision and never let the environment, other people’s beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Belief (578)  |  Conventional (30)  |  Conventional Wisdom (3)  |  Decision (91)  |  Environment (216)  |  Ignore (45)  |  Let (61)  |  Limit (280)  |  Never (1087)  |  Other (2236)  |  Past (337)  |  People (1005)  |  Shape (72)  |  Vision (123)  |  Wisdom (221)

Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting point and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.
Science quotes on:  |  Adventure (56)  |  Barn (5)  |  Climb (35)  |  Connection (162)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Discover (553)  |  Environment (216)  |  Erect (6)  |  Exist (443)  |  Form (959)  |  Gain (145)  |  Mastery (34)  |  Mountain (185)  |  New (1216)  |  Obstacle (42)  |  Old (481)  |  Point (580)  |  Skyscraper (8)  |  Start (221)  |  Starting Point (14)  |  Still (613)  |  Theory (970)  |  Tiny (72)  |  Unexpected (52)  |  View (488)  |  Way (1217)  |  Wide (96)

Dick Drew took a bunch of misfits—people who wouldn’t fly in formation—and he put together a lab that created technologies that account for 20 percent of 3M's sales in 2000.
Art Fry
As quoted in W. James McNerney Jr., A Century of Innovation: The 3M Story (2002), 26.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  2000 (15)  |  Account (192)  |  Bunch (7)  |  Richard G. Drew (6)  |  Fly (146)  |  Formation (96)  |  Invention (369)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Misfit (3)  |  People (1005)  |  Research (664)  |  Technology (257)  |  Together (387)

Each of the major sciences has contributed an essential ingredient in our long retreat from an initial belief in our own cosmic importance. Astronomy defined our home as a small planet tucked away in one corner of an average galaxy among millions; biology took away our status as paragons created in the image of God; geology gave us the immensity of time and taught us how little of it our own species has occupied.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Average (82)  |  Belief (578)  |  Biology (216)  |  Contribute (27)  |  Corner (57)  |  Cosmic (72)  |  Define (49)  |  Essential (199)  |  Galaxy (51)  |  Geology (220)  |  Give (202)  |  God (757)  |  Home (170)  |  Image (96)  |  Immensity (30)  |  Importance (286)  |  Ingredient (15)  |  Initial (17)  |  Little (707)  |  Long (790)  |  Major (84)  |  Millions (17)  |  Occupied (45)  |  Occupy (26)  |  Paragon (4)  |  Planet (356)  |  Retreat (11)  |  Science (3879)  |  Small (477)  |  Species (401)  |  Status (35)  |  Teach (277)  |  Time (1877)  |  Tuck (3)

Electronic calculators can solve problems which the man who made them cannot solve but no government-subsidized commission of engineers and physicists could create a worm.
In 'March', The Twelve Seasons: A Perpetual Calendar for the Country (1949), 184.
Science quotes on:  |  Calculator (9)  |  Commission (3)  |  Electronic (12)  |  Engineer (121)  |  Government (110)  |  Man (2251)  |  Physicist (259)  |  Problem (676)  |  Solve (130)  |  Worm (42)

Engineers apply the theories and principles of science and mathematics to research and develop economical solutions to practical technical problems. Their work is the link between scientific discoveries and commercial applications. Engineers design products, the machinery to build those products, the factories in which those products are made, and the systems that ensure the quality of the product and efficiency of the workforce and manufacturing process. They design, plan, and supervise the construction of buildings, highways, and transit systems. They develop and implement improved ways to extract, process, and use raw materials, such as petroleum and natural gas. They develop new materials that both improve the performance of products, and make implementing advances in technology possible. They harness the power of the sun, the earth, atoms, and electricity for use in supplying the Nation’s power needs, and create millions of products using power. Their knowledge is applied to improving many things, including the quality of health care, the safety of food products, and the efficient operation of financial systems.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2000) as quoted in Charles R. Lord. Guide to Information Sources in Engineering (2000), 5. This definition has been revised and expanded over time in different issues of the Handbook.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Advance (280)  |  Application (242)  |  Applied (177)  |  Apply (160)  |  Atom (355)  |  Both (493)  |  Build (204)  |  Building (156)  |  Care (186)  |  Commercial (26)  |  Construction (112)  |  Design (195)  |  Develop (268)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Earth (996)  |  Economical (9)  |  Efficiency (44)  |  Efficient (26)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Engineer (121)  |  Ensure (26)  |  Extract (40)  |  Factory (20)  |  Finance (2)  |  Food (199)  |  Gas (83)  |  Harness (23)  |  Health (193)  |  Health Care (9)  |  Highway (13)  |  Implement (13)  |  Improvement (108)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Machinery (56)  |  Manufacturing (27)  |  Material (353)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Million (114)  |  Nation (193)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Gas (2)  |  Need (290)  |  New (1216)  |  Operation (213)  |  Performance (48)  |  Petroleum (7)  |  Plan (117)  |  Possible (552)  |  Power (746)  |  Practical (200)  |  Principle (507)  |  Problem (676)  |  Process (423)  |  Product (160)  |  Quality (135)  |  Raw (28)  |  Research (664)  |  Safety (54)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Solution (267)  |  Solution. (53)  |  Sun (385)  |  Supervise (2)  |  System (537)  |  Technical (43)  |  Technology (257)  |  Theory (970)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Transit (2)  |  Use (766)  |  Using (6)  |  Way (1217)  |  Work (1351)

Euclidean mathematics assumes the completeness and invariability of mathematical forms; these forms it describes with appropriate accuracy and enumerates their inherent and related properties with perfect clearness, order, and completeness, that is, Euclidean mathematics operates on forms after the manner that anatomy operates on the dead body and its members. On the other hand, the mathematics of variable magnitudes—function theory or analysis—considers mathematical forms in their genesis. By writing the equation of the parabola, we express its law of generation, the law according to which the variable point moves. The path, produced before the eyes of the student by a point moving in accordance to this law, is the parabola.
If, then, Euclidean mathematics treats space and number forms after the manner in which anatomy treats the dead body, modern mathematics deals, as it were, with the living body, with growing and changing forms, and thus furnishes an insight, not only into nature as she is and appears, but also into nature as she generates and creates,—reveals her transition steps and in so doing creates a mind for and understanding of the laws of becoming. Thus modern mathematics bears the same relation to Euclidean mathematics that physiology or biology … bears to anatomy.
In Die Mathematik die Fackelträgerin einer neuen Zeit (1889), 38. As translated in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-book (1914), 112-113.
Science quotes on:  |  Accord (36)  |  Accordance (10)  |  According (237)  |  Accuracy (78)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Anatomy (69)  |  Appear (118)  |  Appropriate (61)  |  Bear (159)  |  Become (815)  |  Becoming (96)  |  Biology (216)  |  Body (537)  |  Change (593)  |  Clearness (11)  |  Completeness (19)  |  Consider (416)  |  Dead (59)  |  Deal (188)  |  Describe (128)  |  Doing (280)  |  Enumerate (3)  |  Equation (132)  |  Euclid (54)  |  Express (186)  |  Eye (419)  |  Form (959)  |  Function (228)  |  Furnish (96)  |  Generate (16)  |  Generation (242)  |  Genesis (23)  |  Grow (238)  |  Growing (98)  |  Inherent (42)  |  Insight (102)  |  Invariability (5)  |  Law (894)  |  Living (491)  |  Living Body (3)  |  Magnitude (83)  |  Manner (58)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Member (41)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Modern (385)  |  Modern Mathematics (50)  |  Move (216)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Number (699)  |  On The Other Hand (34)  |  Operate (17)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Parabola (2)  |  Path (144)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Physiology (95)  |  Point (580)  |  Produce (104)  |  Produced (187)  |  Property (168)  |  Relate (21)  |  Relation (157)  |  Reveal (148)  |  Same (157)  |  Space (500)  |  Step (231)  |  Student (300)  |  Theory (970)  |  Transition (26)  |  Treat (35)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Variable (34)  |  Write (230)  |  Writing (189)

Even today I still get letters from young students here and there who say, Why are you people trying to program intelligence? Why don’t you try to find a way to build a nervous system that will just spontaneously create it? Finally I decided that this was either a bad idea or else it would take thousands or millions of neurons to make it work and I couldn’t afford to try to build a machine like that.
As quoted in Jeremy Bernstein, 'A.I.', The New Yorker (14 Dec 1981), 57, 70.
Science quotes on:  |  Afford (17)  |  Bad (180)  |  Build (204)  |  Computer Science (11)  |  Decide (41)  |  Find (998)  |  Idea (843)  |  Intelligence (211)  |  Letter (109)  |  Machine (257)  |  Million (114)  |  Nervous (7)  |  Nervous System (34)  |  Neuron (9)  |  People (1005)  |  Program (52)  |  Say (984)  |  Still (613)  |  Student (300)  |  System (537)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Today (314)  |  Try (283)  |  Trying (144)  |  Way (1217)  |  Why (491)  |  Will (2355)  |  Work (1351)  |  Young (227)

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Everything (476)  |  Freedom (129)  |  Great (1574)  |  Individual (404)  |  Inspire (52)  |  Labor (107)  |  Really (78)

Evolution is the conviction that organisms developed their current forms by an extended history of continual transformation, and that ties of genealogy bind all living things into one nexus. Panselectionism is a denial of history, for perfection covers the tracks of time. A perfect wing may have evolved to its current state, but it may have been created just as we find it. We simply cannot tell if perfection be our only evidence. As Darwin himself understood so well, the primary proofs of evolution are oddities and imperfections that must record pathways of historical descent–the panda’s thumb and the flamingo’s smile of my book titles (chosen to illustrate this paramount principle of history).
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Bind (25)  |  Book (392)  |  Choose (112)  |  Chosen (48)  |  Continual (43)  |  Conviction (97)  |  Cover (37)  |  Current (118)  |  Darwin (14)  |  Denial (17)  |  Descent (27)  |  Develop (268)  |  Evidence (248)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Extend (128)  |  Find (998)  |  Flamingo (2)  |  Form (959)  |  Genealogy (4)  |  Himself (461)  |  Historical (70)  |  History (673)  |  Illustrate (10)  |  Imperfection (31)  |  Living (491)  |  Living Things (5)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nexus (3)  |  Oddity (4)  |  Organism (220)  |  Panda (2)  |  Paramount (10)  |  Pathway (15)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Primary (80)  |  Principle (507)  |  Proof (287)  |  Record (154)  |  Simply (53)  |  Smile (31)  |  State (491)  |  Tell (340)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thumb (17)  |  Tie (38)  |  Time (1877)  |  Title (18)  |  Track (38)  |  Transformation (69)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understood (156)  |  Wing (75)

Finally, from what we now know about the cosmos, to think that all this was created for just one species among the tens of millions of species who live on one planet circling one of a couple of hundred billion stars that are located in one galaxy among hundreds of billions of galaxies, all of which are in one universe among perhaps an infinite number of universes all nestled within a grand cosmic multiverse, is provincially insular and anthropocentrically blinkered. Which is more likely? That the universe was designed just for us, or that we see the universe as having been designed just for us?
…...
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Anthropocentric (2)  |  Billion (95)  |  Billions (6)  |  Circle (110)  |  Cosmic (72)  |  Cosmos (63)  |  Couple (9)  |  Design (195)  |  Finally (26)  |  Galaxies (29)  |  Galaxy (51)  |  Grand (27)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Hundreds (6)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Know (1518)  |  Likely (34)  |  Live (628)  |  Locate (7)  |  Millions (17)  |  More (2559)  |  Number (699)  |  Planet (356)  |  Provincial (2)  |  See (1081)  |  Species (401)  |  Star (427)  |  Stars (304)  |  Tens (3)  |  Think (1086)  |  Universe (857)

Five centuries ago the printing press sparked a radical reshaping of the nature of education. By bringing a master’s words to those who could not hear a master’s voice, the technology of printing dissolved the notion that education must be reserved for those with the means to hire personal tutors. Today we are approaching a new technological revolution, one whose impact on education may be as far-reaching as that of the printing press: the emergence of powerful computers that are sufficiently inexpensive to be used by students for learning, play and exploration. It is our hope that these powerful but simple tools for creating and exploring richly interactive environments will dissolve the barriers to the production of knowledge as the printing press dissolved the barriers to its transmission.
As co-author with A.A. diSessa, from 'Preface', Turtle Geometry: The Computer as a Medium for Exploring Mathematics (1986), xiii.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Approach (108)  |  Barrier (32)  |  Bring (90)  |  Century (310)  |  Computer (127)  |  Dissolve (20)  |  Education (378)  |  Emergence (33)  |  Environment (216)  |  Exploration (134)  |  Far-Reaching (8)  |  Hear (139)  |  Hire (7)  |  Hope (299)  |  Impact (42)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Learn (629)  |  Learning (274)  |  Master (178)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  New (1216)  |  Notion (113)  |  Personal (67)  |  Play (112)  |  Powerful (139)  |  Print (17)  |  Printing (22)  |  Printing Press (3)  |  Production (183)  |  Radical (25)  |  Reserve (24)  |  Reshape (4)  |  Revolution (129)  |  Rich (62)  |  Simple (406)  |  Spark (31)  |  Student (300)  |  Sufficient (128)  |  Technological (61)  |  Technology (257)  |  Today (314)  |  Tool (117)  |  Transmission (34)  |  Tutor (3)  |  Voice (52)  |  Will (2355)  |  Word (619)

For a physicist mathematics is not just a tool by means of which phenomena can be calculated, it is the main source of concepts and principles by means of which new theories can be created.
In 'Mathematics in the Physical Sciences', Scientific American (Sep 1964), 211, No. 3, 129.
Science quotes on:  |  Calculate (54)  |  Concept (221)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  New (1216)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Physicist (259)  |  Principle (507)  |  Source (93)  |  Theory (970)  |  Tool (117)

For forty-nine months between 1968 and 1972, two dozen Americans had the great good fortune to briefly visit the Moon. Half of us became the first emissaries from Earth to tread its dusty surface. We who did so were privileged to represent the hopes and dreams of all humanity. For mankind it was a giant leap for a species that evolved from the Stone Age to create sophisticated rockets and spacecraft that made a Moon landing possible. For one crowning moment, we were creatures of the cosmic ocean, an epoch that a thousand years hence may be seen as the signature of our century.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  All (4108)  |  American (46)  |  Become (815)  |  Briefly (5)  |  Century (310)  |  Cosmic (72)  |  Creature (233)  |  Crown (38)  |  Dozen (10)  |  Dream (208)  |  Dusty (8)  |  Earth (996)  |  Epoch (45)  |  Evolution (590)  |  First (1283)  |  Fortune (49)  |  Forty-Nine (2)  |  Giant (67)  |  Good (889)  |  Great (1574)  |  Half (56)  |  Hope (299)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Leap (53)  |  Mankind (339)  |  Moment (253)  |  Month (88)  |  Moon (237)  |  Moon Landing (8)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Possible (552)  |  Privilege (39)  |  Represent (155)  |  Rocket (43)  |  See (1081)  |  Signature (4)  |  Sophisticated (15)  |  Spacecraft (6)  |  Species (401)  |  Stone (162)  |  Stone Age (12)  |  Surface (209)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Tread (17)  |  Two (937)  |  Visit (26)  |  Year (933)

For [Richard] Feynman, the essence of the scientific imagination was a powerful and almost painful rule. What scientists create must match reality. It must match what is already known. Scientific creativity is imagination in a straitjacket.
In Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman (1992), 324.
Science quotes on:  |  Already (222)  |  Creativity (76)  |  Essence (82)  |  Richard P. Feynman (122)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Known (454)  |  Match (29)  |  Must (1526)  |  Painful (11)  |  Powerful (139)  |  Reality (261)  |  Rule (294)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Straitjacket (2)

FORTRAN —’the infantile disorder’—, by now nearly 20 years old, is hopelessly inadequate for whatever computer application you have in mind today: it is now too clumsy, too risky, and too expensive to use. PL/I —’the fatal disease’— belongs more to the problem set than to the solution set. It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration. The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offence. APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Application (242)  |  Basic (138)  |  Belong (162)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Bum (3)  |  Carry (127)  |  Clumsy (6)  |  Code (31)  |  Computer (127)  |  Criminal (19)  |  Cripple (3)  |  Disease (328)  |  Disorder (41)  |  Expensive (10)  |  Exposure (7)  |  Fatal (12)  |  Fortran (3)  |  Future (429)  |  Generation (242)  |  Good (889)  |  Hope (299)  |  Hopelessly (3)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Inadequate (19)  |  Infantile (4)  |  Language (293)  |  Mentally (3)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Mistake (169)  |  More (2559)  |  Mutilated (2)  |  Nearly (137)  |  New (1216)  |  Offence (4)  |  Old (481)  |  Past (337)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Potential (69)  |  Practically (10)  |  Prior (5)  |  Problem (676)  |  Program (52)  |  Programmer (4)  |  Regard (305)  |  Regeneration (5)  |  Risky (4)  |  Set (394)  |  Solution (267)  |  Student (300)  |  Teach (277)  |  Teaching (188)  |  Technique (80)  |  Through (849)  |  Today (314)  |  Use (766)  |  Whatever (234)  |  Year (933)

From the point of view of a tapeworm, man was created by God to serve the appetite of the tapeworm.
In 'Philosophy, Religion, and So Forth', A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (1989), 4.
Science quotes on:  |  Appetite (17)  |  God (757)  |  Man (2251)  |  Point (580)  |  Point Of View (80)  |  Serve (59)  |  Tapeworm (2)  |  View (488)

God created man in his own image, says the Bible; the philosophers do the exact opposite, they create God in theirs.
Aphorism 48 in Notebook D (1773-1775), as translated by R.J. Hollingdale in Aphorisms (1990). Reprinted as The Waste Books (2000), 51.
Science quotes on:  |  Bible (91)  |  Creation (327)  |  Do (1908)  |  God (757)  |  Image (96)  |  Man (2251)  |  Opposite (104)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Say (984)

God was always invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works … you don't need him anymore. But … you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet.
Interview, collected in Paul C. W. Davies and Julian R. Brown (eds.) Superstrings: A Theory of Everything? (1988), 208-209.
Science quotes on:  |  Creation (327)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Do (1908)  |  Explain (322)  |  Explanation (234)  |  God (757)  |  Invention (369)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Need (290)  |  Origin Of The Universe (16)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  Something (719)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Universe (857)  |  Work (1351)  |  Working (20)

Heredity, to our understanding is not capable of giving to this illness (paraphilia) its characteristic form ... Heredity invents nothing, creates nothing anew; it has no imagination.
Études de psychologie expérimentale: Le fétichisme dans l’amour (1888), 42.
Science quotes on:  |  Anew (18)  |  Capable (168)  |  Characteristic (148)  |  Form (959)  |  Heredity (60)  |  Illness (34)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Understanding (513)

I believe the universe created us—we are an audience for miracles.
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 7
Science quotes on:  |  Audience (26)  |  Belief (578)  |  Miracle (83)  |  Universe (857)

I do not believe that God ever created a man and then got so “put out” over the job that He damned him.
Aphorism in The Philistine (Apr 1905), 20, No. 5, 160.
Science quotes on:  |  Belief (578)  |  Damned (4)  |  Do (1908)  |  God (757)  |  Job (82)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mankind (339)

I don’t believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it.
What They Said (1970), 374.
Science quotes on:  |  Advance (280)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Doing (280)  |  Extend (128)  |  Human (1468)  |  Life (1795)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Way (1217)

I find in Geology a never failing interest, as [it] has been remarked, it creates the same gran[d] ideas respecting this world, which Astronomy do[es] for the universe.—We have seen much fine scenery that of the Tropics in its glory & luxuriance, exceeds even the language of Humboldt to describe. A Persian writer could alone do justice to it, & if he succeeded he would in England, be called the 'grandfather of all liars'.— But I have seen nothing, which more completely astonished me, than the first sight of a Savage; It was a naked Fuegian his long hair blowing about, his face besmeared with paint. There is in their countenances, an expression, which I believe to those who have not seen it, must be inconceivably wild. Standing on a rock he uttered tones & made gesticulations than which, the cries of domestic animals are far more intelligible.
Letter to Charles Whitley, 23 July 1834. In F. Burkhardt and S. Smith (eds.), The Correspondence of Charles Darwin 1821-1836 (1985), Vol. I, 397.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Alone (311)  |  Animal (617)  |  Anthropology (58)  |  Astonish (37)  |  Astronomy (229)  |  Blowing (22)  |  Call (769)  |  Completely (135)  |  Countenance (8)  |  Describe (128)  |  Do (1908)  |  Domestic (26)  |  Expression (175)  |  Face (212)  |  Find (998)  |  First (1283)  |  Geology (220)  |  Grandfather (14)  |  Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinan von Humboldt (5)  |  Idea (843)  |  Intelligible (34)  |  Interest (386)  |  Justice (39)  |  Language (293)  |  Long (790)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Never (1087)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Persian (4)  |  Rock (161)  |  Sight (132)  |  Succeed (109)  |  Tone (22)  |  Universe (857)  |  Wild (87)  |  World (1774)  |  Writer (86)

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent. My main purpose in life is to make money so that I can afford to go on creating more inventions.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Afford (17)  |  Find (998)  |  Find Out (21)  |  Invent (51)  |  Invention (369)  |  Life (1795)  |  Main (28)  |  Money (170)  |  More (2559)  |  Need (290)  |  Proceed (129)  |  Purpose (317)  |  World (1774)

I like to look at mathematics almost more as an art than as a science; for the activity of the mathematician, constantly creating as he is, guided though not controlled by the external world of the senses, bears a resemblance, not fanciful I believe but real, to the activity of an artist, of a painter let us say. Rigorous deductive reasoning on the part of the mathematician may be likened here to technical skill in drawing on the part of the painter. Just as no one can become a good painter without a certain amount of skill, so no one can become a mathematician without the power to reason accurately up to a certain point. Yet these qualities, fundamental though they are, do not make a painter or mathematician worthy of the name, nor indeed are they the most important factors in the case. Other qualities of a far more subtle sort, chief among which in both cases is imagination, go to the making of a good artist or good mathematician.
From 'Fundamental Conceptions and Methods in Mathematics', Bulletin American Mathematical Society (1904), 9, 133. As cited in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-Book (1914), 182.
Science quotes on:  |  Activity (210)  |  Amount (151)  |  Art (657)  |  Artist (90)  |  Bear (159)  |  Become (815)  |  Both (493)  |  Certain (550)  |  Chief (97)  |  Control (167)  |  Deductive (11)  |  Do (1908)  |  Drawing (56)  |  External (57)  |  Factor (46)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Good (889)  |  Guide (97)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Important (209)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Look (582)  |  Making (300)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mathematics As A Fine Art (23)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Name (333)  |  Other (2236)  |  Painter (29)  |  Point (580)  |  Power (746)  |  Reason (744)  |  Reasoning (207)  |  Resemblance (38)  |  Rigorous (48)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Sense (770)  |  Skill (109)  |  Subtle (35)  |  Technical (43)  |  World (1774)  |  Worth (169)

I now think the answer is very simple: it’s true. God did create the universe about 13.7 billion years ago, and of necessity has involved Himself with His creation ever since. The purpose of this universe is something that only God knows for sure, but it is increasingly clear to modern science that the universe was exquisitely fine-tuned to enable human life.
In Letter (May 2005), sent to the Hope College 2005 Alumni Banquet, read in lieu of accepting an award in person, because of declining health from cancer.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Answer (366)  |  Billion (95)  |  Biography (240)  |  Creation (327)  |  Enable (119)  |  God (757)  |  Himself (461)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Life (29)  |  Involved (90)  |  Know (1518)  |  Life (1795)  |  Modern (385)  |  Modern Science (52)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  Simple (406)  |  Something (719)  |  Think (1086)  |  Universe (857)  |  Year (933)

I think that the unity we can seek lies really in two things. One is that the knowledge which comes to us at such a terrifyingly, inhumanly rapid rate has some order in it. We are allowed to forget a great deal, as well as to learn. This order is never adequate. The mass of ununderstood things, which cannot be summarized, or wholly ordered, always grows greater; but a great deal does get understood.
The second is simply this: we can have each other to dinner. We ourselves, and with each other by our converse, can create, not an architecture of global scope, but an immense, intricate network of intimacy, illumination, and understanding. Everything cannot be connected with everything in the world we live in. Everything can be connected with anything.
Concluding paragraphs of 'The Growth of Science and the Structure of Culture', Daedalus (Winter 1958), 87, No. 1, 76.
Science quotes on:  |  Adequate (46)  |  Architecture (48)  |  Connect (125)  |  Connected (8)  |  Converse (8)  |  Deal (188)  |  Dinner (15)  |  Everything (476)  |  Forget (115)  |  Global (35)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greater (288)  |  Grow (238)  |  Illumination (15)  |  Immense (86)  |  Intimacy (6)  |  Intricate (29)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Learn (629)  |  Lie (364)  |  Live (628)  |  Mass (157)  |  Network (21)  |  Never (1087)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Rapid (33)  |  Rate (29)  |  Scope (45)  |  Seek (213)  |  Summarize (10)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Two (937)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Understood (156)  |  Unity (78)  |  Wholly (88)  |  World (1774)

I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Detail (146)  |  Element (310)  |  God (757)  |  Interest (386)  |  Know (1518)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Rest (280)  |  Spectrum (31)  |  Thought (953)  |  Want (497)  |  World (1774)

I will have nothing to do with a bomb!
[Response to being invited (1943) to work with Otto Robert Frisch and some British scientists at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project to create the atomic bomb.]
Ruth Sime, Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics (1996), 305.
Science quotes on:  |  Atomic Bomb (111)  |  Being (1278)  |  British (41)  |  Do (1908)  |  Los Alamos (5)  |  Manhattan Project (12)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Project (73)  |  Response (53)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Will (2355)  |  Work (1351)

I'm not a wizard or a Frankenstein tampering with Nature. We are not creating life. We have merely done what many people try to do in all kinds of medicine—to help nature. We found nature could not put an egg and sperm together, so we did it. We do not see anything immoral in doing that in the interests of the mother. I cannot see anything immoral in trying to help the patient’s problem.
As quoted by thr Associated Press after the birth of Louise Brown, the first baby born by in vitro fertilization. Reprinted in, for example,'First test-tube baby born in England', Toledo Blade (27 Jul 1978), 1. As reported, the first sentence was given in its own quote marks, followed by “Dr. Steptoe said,” so the quote may not have been delivered as a single statement.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Do (1908)  |  Doing (280)  |  Egg (69)  |  Fertilization (15)  |  Frankenstein (3)  |  Help (105)  |  Immoral (5)  |  Immorality (7)  |  In Vitro (3)  |  Interest (386)  |  Kind (557)  |  Life (1795)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Merely (316)  |  Mother (114)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Patient (199)  |  People (1005)  |  Problem (676)  |  See (1081)  |  Sperm (7)  |  Tamper (6)  |  Tampering (3)  |  Together (387)  |  Try (283)  |  Trying (144)  |  Wizard (4)

Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.
In Hialmer Day Gould, New Practical Spelling (1905), 19
Science quotes on:  |  Bomb (18)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Dynamite (6)  |  Factor (46)  |  Idea (843)  |  Lift (55)  |  More (2559)  |  Revolution (129)

If God did create the world by a word, the word would have been hydrogen.
Attributed, without source, in Johns S. Rigden, Hydrogen: The Essential Element (2003), 6. If you know the primary source, please contact Webmaster.
Science quotes on:  |  Creation (327)  |  God (757)  |  Hydrogen (75)  |  Word (619)  |  World (1774)

If God didn't create life this way, He certainly missed a good bet.
Remark he made after experiments simulating electric discharges in the primitive atmosphere of the earth produced amino acids molecules (the first step- toward life). As quoted by Carl Sagan in Henry S.F. Cooper Jr., 'A Resonance with Something Alive', collected in Carl Sagan and Tom Head (ed.), Conversations with Carl Sagan (2006), 30. Reprinted from The Search for Life on Mars (1979).
Science quotes on:  |  Bet (12)  |  Certainly (185)  |  God (757)  |  Good (889)  |  Life (1795)  |  Miss (51)  |  Way (1217)

If you look at a tree and think of it as a design assignment, it would be like asking you to make something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides habitat for hundreds of species, accrues solar energy’s fuel, makes complex sugars and food, changes colors with the seasons, creates microclimates, and self-replicates.
In audio segment, 'William McDonough: Godfather of Green', WNYC, Studio 360 broadcast on NPR radio (18 Mar 2008) and archived on the station website.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Accrue (3)  |  Asking (73)  |  Assignment (12)  |  Carbon (65)  |  Change (593)  |  Chemical Engineering (4)  |  Color (137)  |  Complex (188)  |  Creation (327)  |  Design (195)  |  Distillation (10)  |  Energy (344)  |  Fix (25)  |  Food (199)  |  Fuel (32)  |  Habitat (16)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Look (582)  |  Nitrogen (26)  |  Oxygen (66)  |  Season (47)  |  Self (267)  |  Sequester (2)  |  Solar Energy (20)  |  Something (719)  |  Species (401)  |  Sugar (23)  |  Think (1086)  |  Tree (246)  |  Water (481)

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
From Cosmos (1980), 218. Variants are found which switch words such as: want/wish ; from/truly from ; invent/create.
Science quotes on:  |  Apple (40)  |  Apple Pie (2)  |  First (1283)  |  Must (1526)  |  Scratch (13)  |  Universe (857)  |  Want (497)  |  Wish (212)

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.
In Lorne A. Adrain (ed.), The Most Important Thing I Know<: Life Lessons From Colin Powell, Stephen Covey, Maya Angelou and Over 75 Other Eminent Individuals (1997), 60-61. A similar quote is found attributed to John Quincy Adams, but this is likely not authentic, as documented on the quoteinvestigator.com website.
Science quotes on:  |  Action (327)  |  Become (815)  |  Do (1908)  |  Dream (208)  |  Excellent (28)  |  Inspire (52)  |  Leader (43)  |  Learn (629)  |  Legacy (14)  |  More (2559)  |  Other (2236)

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
From Back to Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch (1921), 9.
Science quotes on:  |  Beginning (305)  |  Creation (327)  |  Desire (204)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Last (426)  |  Will (2355)

In a world created by natural selection, homogeneity means vulnerability.
In 'Unmined Riches', The Diversity of Life (1992), 301.
Science quotes on:  |  Homogeneity (8)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Selection (96)  |  Selection (128)  |  Vulnerability (5)  |  World (1774)

In arms and science tis the same
Our rival’s hurts create our fame.
'Alma, or, The Progress of the Mind', in The Poetical Works of Matthew Prior (1779) Vol. 1, 358, Canto 1, line 196.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Arm (81)  |  Arms (37)  |  Creation (327)  |  Fame (50)  |  Hurt (12)  |  Rival (19)  |  Science (3879)

In consequence of Darwin's reformed Theory of Descent, we are now in a position to establish scientifically the groundwork of a non-miraculous history of the development of the human race. ... If any person feels the necessity of conceiving the coming into existence of this matter as the work of a supernatural creative power, of the creative force of something outside of matter, we have nothing to say against it. But we must remark, that thereby not even the smallest advantage is gained for a scientific knowledge of nature. Such a conception of an immaterial force, which as the first creates matter, is an article of faith which has nothing whatever to do with human science.
In Ernst Haeckel and E. Ray Lankester (trans.), The History of Creation (1880), Vol. 1, 6-9.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Advantage (134)  |  Against (332)  |  Coming (114)  |  Conception (154)  |  Consequence (203)  |  Creation (327)  |  Creative (137)  |  Charles Darwin (303)  |  Descent (27)  |  Development (422)  |  Do (1908)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Existence (456)  |  Faith (203)  |  Feel (367)  |  First (1283)  |  Force (487)  |  Gain (145)  |  History (673)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Race (100)  |  Immaterial (6)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Man (2251)  |  Matter (798)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Outside (141)  |  Person (363)  |  Power (746)  |  Race (268)  |  Reform (22)  |  Reformed (4)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Something (719)  |  Supernatural (25)  |  Theory (970)  |  Whatever (234)  |  Work (1351)

In every case the awakening touch has been the mathematical spirit, the attempt to count, to measure, or to calculate. What to the poet or the seer may appear to be the very death of all his poetry and all his visions—the cold touch of the calculating mind,—this has proved to be the spell by which knowledge has been born, by which new sciences have been created, and hundreds of definite problems put before the minds and into the hands of diligent students. It is the geometrical figure, the dry algebraical formula, which transforms the vague reasoning of the philosopher into a tangible and manageable conception; which represents, though it does not fully describe, which corresponds to, though it does not explain, the things and processes of nature: this clothes the fruitful, but otherwise indefinite, ideas in such a form that the strict logical methods of thought can be applied, that the human mind can in its inner chamber evolve a train of reasoning the result of which corresponds to the phenomena of the outer world.
In A History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century (1896), Vol. 1, 314.
Science quotes on:  |  Algebra (113)  |  All (4108)  |  Appear (118)  |  Applied (177)  |  Apply (160)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Awaken (15)  |  Awakening (11)  |  Born (33)  |  Calculate (54)  |  Chamber (7)  |  Cold (112)  |  Conception (154)  |  Correspond (9)  |  Count (105)  |  Death (388)  |  Definite (110)  |  Describe (128)  |  Diligent (19)  |  Dry (57)  |  Estimates of Mathematics (30)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Explain (322)  |  Figure (160)  |  Form (959)  |  Formula (98)  |  Fruitful (58)  |  Geometry (255)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Mind (128)  |  Hundred (229)  |  Idea (843)  |  Indefinite (20)  |  Inner (71)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Logical (55)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Measure (232)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Nature (1926)  |  New (1216)  |  Otherwise (24)  |  Phenomenon (318)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Poet (83)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Problem (676)  |  Process (423)  |  Prove (250)  |  Reasoning (207)  |  Represent (155)  |  Result (677)  |  Science (3879)  |  Seer (4)  |  Spell (9)  |  Spirit (265)  |  Strict (17)  |  Student (300)  |  Tangible (15)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thought (953)  |  Touch (141)  |  Train (114)  |  Transform (73)  |  Vague (47)  |  Vision (123)  |  World (1774)

In her book My Life With the Chimpanzees, Goodall told the story of “Mike,” a chimp who maintained his dominance by kicking a series of kerosene cans ahead of him as he moved down a road, creating confusion and noise that made his rivals flee and cower. She told me she would be thinking of Mike as she watched [Donald Trump in] the upcoming debates.
In magazine article by 'When Donald Meets Hillary', The Atlantic (Oct 2016). The reporter stated “Jane Goodall … told me shortly before Trump won the GOP nomination.”
Science quotes on:  |  Book (392)  |  Can (2)  |  Chimpanzee (13)  |  Confusion (57)  |  Debate (38)  |  Dominance (5)  |  Down (456)  |  Flee (8)  |  Jane Goodall (12)  |  Kick (10)  |  Life (1795)  |  Maintain (105)  |  Noise (37)  |  Rival (19)  |  Road (64)  |  Series (149)  |  Story (118)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Donald Trump (3)  |  Watch (109)

In my work on Fossil Bones, I set myself the task of recognizing to which animals the fossilized remains which fill the surface strata of the earth belong. ... As a new sort of antiquarian, I had to learn to restore these memorials to past upheavals and, at the same time, to decipher their meaning. I had to collect and put together in their original order the fragments which made up these animals, to reconstruct the ancient creatures to which these fragments belonged, to create them once more with their proportions and characteristics, and finally to compare them to those alive today on the surface of the earth. This was an almost unknown art, which assumed a science hardly touched upon up until now, that of the laws which govern the coexistence of forms of the various parts in organic beings.
Discours sur les révolutions du globe, (Discourse on the Revolutions of the Surface of the Globe), originally the introduction to Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles des quadrupèdes (1812). Translated by Ian Johnston from the 1825 edition. Online at Vancouver Island University website.
Science quotes on:  |  Alive (90)  |  Ancient (189)  |  Animal (617)  |  Antiquarian (2)  |  Art (657)  |  Being (1278)  |  Belong (162)  |  Bone (95)  |  Characteristic (148)  |  Compare (69)  |  Creature (233)  |  Earth (996)  |  Form (959)  |  Fossil (136)  |  Fragment (54)  |  Govern (64)  |  Law (894)  |  Learn (629)  |  Meaning (233)  |  More (2559)  |  Myself (212)  |  New (1216)  |  Order (632)  |  Organic (158)  |  Past (337)  |  Proportion (136)  |  Remain (349)  |  Science (3879)  |  Set (394)  |  Strata (35)  |  Surface (209)  |  Surface Of The Earth (36)  |  Task (147)  |  Time (1877)  |  Today (314)  |  Together (387)  |  Touch (141)  |  Unknown (182)  |  Various (200)  |  Work (1351)

In one of my lectures many years ago I used the phrase “following the trail of light”. The word “light” was not meant in its literal sense, but in the sense of following an intellectual concept or idea to where it might lead. My interest in living things is probably a fundamental motivation for the scientific work in the laboratory, and we created here in Berkeley one of the first and foremost interdisciplinary laboratories in the world.
In autobiography, Following the Trail of Light: A Scientific Odyssey (1992), 134.
Science quotes on:  |  Berkeley (3)  |  Concept (221)  |  First (1283)  |  Follow (378)  |  Foremost (11)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Idea (843)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Interdisciplinary (2)  |  Interest (386)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Lead (384)  |  Lecture (105)  |  Life (1795)  |  Light (607)  |  Literal (11)  |  Living (491)  |  Motivation (27)  |  Phrase (61)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Sense (770)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Trail (10)  |  Word (619)  |  Work (1351)  |  World (1774)  |  Year (933)

In recent weeks we learned that scientists have created human embryos in test tubes solely to experiment on them. This is deeply troubling, and a warning sign that should prompt all of us to think through these issues very carefully.
'Address to the Nation on Stem Cell Research', (9 Aug 2001) in Public Papers Of The Presidents Of The United States, George W. Bush, 2001 (2004), Book 2, 955.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Carefully (65)  |  Deeply (17)  |  Embryo (28)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Human (1468)  |  Issue (42)  |  Learn (629)  |  Learned (235)  |  Prompt (14)  |  Recent (77)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Sign (58)  |  Test (211)  |  Test Tube (12)  |  Think (1086)  |  Through (849)  |  Warning (17)  |  Week (70)

In the 1860s, Pasteur not only applied his germ theory to create “Pasteurization,” rescuing France’s wine and vinegar industries, but also found both the cause and cure of silkworm disease, saving growers millions of dollars. When Napoleon asked the scientist why he had not legitimately profited by his findings, Pasteur replied: “In France scientists would consider they lowered themselves by doing so.”
In Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein, The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World (2007), 190.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Applied (177)  |  Apply (160)  |  Ask (411)  |  Boneparte_Napoleon (2)  |  Both (493)  |  Cause (541)  |  Consider (416)  |  Cure (122)  |  Discover (553)  |  Disease (328)  |  Doing (280)  |  Dollar (22)  |  France (27)  |  Germ (53)  |  Germ Theory (2)  |  Industry (137)  |  Legitimate (25)  |  Lower (11)  |  Million (114)  |  Napoleon (16)  |  Louis Pasteur (81)  |  Profit (52)  |  Reply (56)  |  Rescue (13)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Theory (970)  |  Vinegar (7)  |  Why (491)  |  Wine (38)

In the alternation between inhaling and exhaling, between heaven and earth, between Yin and Yang, holiness is forever being created.
From Das Glasperlemspeil (1943) translated as The Glass Bead Game (1969, 1990), 119.
Science quotes on:  |  Alternation (5)  |  Being (1278)  |  Earth (996)  |  Exhale (2)  |  Forever (103)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Holiness (6)  |  Inhale (2)

In the next twenty centuries … humanity may begin to understand its most baffling mystery—where are we going? The earth is, in fact, traveling many thousands of miles per hour in the direction of the constellation Hercules—to some unknown destination in the cosmos. Man must understand his universe in order to understand his destiny. Mystery, however, is a very necessary ingredient in our lives. Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis for man’s desire to understand. Who knows what mysteries will be solved in our lifetime, and what new riddles will become the challenge of the new generation? Science has not mastered prophesy. We predict too much for the next year yet far too little for the next ten. Responding to challenges is one of democracy’s great strengths. Our successes in space can be used in the next decade in the solution of many of our planet’s problems.
In a speech to a Joint Meeting of the Two Houses of Congress to Receive the Apollo 11 Astronauts (16 Sep 1969), in the Congressional Record.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Baffling (5)  |  Basis (173)  |  Become (815)  |  Begin (260)  |  Century (310)  |  Challenge (85)  |  Constellation (17)  |  Cosmos (63)  |  Decade (59)  |  Democracy (33)  |  Desire (204)  |  Destination (14)  |  Destiny (50)  |  Direction (175)  |  Earth (996)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Generation (242)  |  Great (1574)  |  Hercules (9)  |  Hour (186)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Ingredient (15)  |  Know (1518)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lifetime (31)  |  Little (707)  |  Live (628)  |  Man (2251)  |  Master (178)  |  Most (1731)  |  Must (1526)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Necessary (363)  |  New (1216)  |  Next (236)  |  Order (632)  |  Planet (356)  |  Predict (79)  |  Problem (676)  |  Prophesy (10)  |  Respond (12)  |  Riddle (28)  |  Science (3879)  |  Solution (267)  |  Solve (130)  |  Space (500)  |  Strength (126)  |  Success (302)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Travel (114)  |  Understand (606)  |  Universe (857)  |  Unknown (182)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Year (933)

Is what you are doing fun? Of course, physics is also fun—indeed it is an enjoyable way of life. One reason physics is fun is that each element of progress transforms an area of ignorance into knowledge, but it also creates, as a by-product, an amount of new and additional ignorance in excess of that which was reduced to understanding. Thus, the volume of delicious ignorance we produce is ever-expanding, like our exponentially exploding universe.
In 'Physics and the APS in 1979', Physics Today (Apr 1980), 33, No. 4, 50.
Science quotes on:  |  Amount (151)  |  By-Product (7)  |  Course (409)  |  Doing (280)  |  Element (310)  |  Enjoyment (35)  |  Excess (22)  |  Expansion (41)  |  Explosion (44)  |  Fun (38)  |  Ignorance (240)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Life (1795)  |  New (1216)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Product (160)  |  Progress (465)  |  Reason (744)  |  Transform (73)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Universe (857)  |  Way (1217)  |  Way Of Life (12)

It has hitherto been a serious impediment to the progress of knowledge, that is in investigating the origin or causes of natural productions, recourse has generally been had to the examination, both by experiment and reasoning, of what might be rather than what is. The laws or processes of nature we have every reason to believe invariable. Their results from time to time vary, according to the combinations of influential circumstances; but the process remains the same. Like the poet or the painter, the chemist may, and no doubt often' does, create combinations which nature never produced; and the possibility of such and such processes giving rise to such and such results, is no proof whatever that they were ever in natural operation.
Considerations on Volcanoes (1825), 243.
Science quotes on:  |  According (237)  |  Belief (578)  |  Both (493)  |  Cause (541)  |  Chemist (156)  |  Circumstance (136)  |  Circumstances (108)  |  Combination (144)  |  Doubt (304)  |  Examination (98)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Impediment (11)  |  Influence (222)  |  Invariability (5)  |  Investigate (103)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Law (894)  |  Natural (796)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Never (1087)  |  Operation (213)  |  Origin (239)  |  Painter (29)  |  Poet (83)  |  Possibility (164)  |  Process (423)  |  Produced (187)  |  Production (183)  |  Progress (465)  |  Proof (287)  |  Reason (744)  |  Reasoning (207)  |  Recourse (12)  |  Remain (349)  |  Result (677)  |  Rise (166)  |  Serious (91)  |  Time (1877)  |  Variation (90)  |  Whatever (234)

It is easy to create an interstellar radio message which can be recognized as emanating unambiguously from intelligent beings. A modulated signal (‘beep,’ ‘beep-beep,’…) comprising the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, for example, consists exclusively of the first 12 prime numbers…. A signal of this kind, based on a simple mathematical concept, could only have a biological origin. … But by far the most promising method is to send pictures.
From 'The Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence', in the magazine Smithsonian (May 1978), 43-44. Reprinted in Cosmic Search (Mar 1979), 1, No. 2, 5.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Biological (137)  |  Concept (221)  |  Consist (223)  |  Easy (204)  |  First (1283)  |  Intelligence (211)  |  Intelligent (100)  |  Interstellar (8)  |  Kind (557)  |  Message (49)  |  Method (505)  |  Most (1731)  |  Number (699)  |  Origin (239)  |  Picture (143)  |  Prime Number (5)  |  Radio (50)  |  SETI (3)  |  Signal (27)  |  Simple (406)

It is exciting to think that it costs nothing to create a new particle,…
In Lectures on Gravitation: 1962-62, quoted by John Preskill and Kip S. Thorne, 'Foreword to Feynman Lectures on Gravitation' (15 May 1995). The authors of the Foreword explain: “Because the total energy of the universe could really be zero, … matter creation is possible because the rest energy of the matter is actually canceled by its gravitational potential energy.”
Science quotes on:  |  Cost (86)  |  Exciting (47)  |  New (1216)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Particle (194)  |  Think (1086)

It is natural selection that gives direction to changes, orients chance, and slowly, progressively produces more complex structures, new organs, and new species. Novelties come from previously unseen association of old material. To create is to recombine.
In 'Evolution and Tinkering', Science (10 Jun 1977), 196, 1163.
Science quotes on:  |  Association (46)  |  Chance (239)  |  Change (593)  |  Complex (188)  |  Direction (175)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Material (353)  |  More (2559)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Selection (96)  |  New (1216)  |  Old (481)  |  Organ (115)  |  Selection (128)  |  Species (401)  |  Structure (344)  |  Unseen (22)

It is not enough that a few brilliant men can create computers to “think” for us; for the greatest thinking machine is inside each of us.
In Best of Sydney J. Harris (1976), 82.
Science quotes on:  |  Brilliant (53)  |  Computer (127)  |  Enough (340)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Inside (26)  |  Machine (257)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)

It is of man’s essence to create materially and morally, to fabricate things and to fabricate himself. Homo faber is the definition I propose … Homo faber, Homo sapiens, I pay my respects to both, for they tend to merge.
The Creative Mind (1946), 84-5.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Both (493)  |  Definition (221)  |  Essence (82)  |  Fabricate (6)  |  Himself (461)  |  Homo Sapiens (23)  |  Man (2251)  |  Respect (207)  |  Tend (124)  |  Thing (1915)

It is one of the laws of life that each acquisition has its cost. No organism can exercise power without yielding up part of its substance. The physiological law of Transfer of Energy is the basis of human success and happiness. There is no action without expenditure of energy and if energy be not expended the power to generate it is lost. This law shows itself in a thousand ways in the life of man. The arm which is not used becomes palsied. The wealth which comes by chance weakens and destroys. The good which is unused turns to evil. The charity which asks no effort cannot relieve the misery she creates.
In The Strength of Being Clean: A Study of the Quest for Unearned Happiness (1900), 6.
Science quotes on:  |  Acquisition (45)  |  Action (327)  |  Arm (81)  |  Ask (411)  |  Basis (173)  |  Become (815)  |  Chance (239)  |  Charity (11)  |  Cost (86)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Effort (227)  |  Energy (344)  |  Evil (116)  |  Exercise (110)  |  Expend (3)  |  Expenditure (15)  |  Generate (16)  |  Good (889)  |  Happiness (115)  |  Human (1468)  |  Law (894)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lost (34)  |  Man (2251)  |  Misery (30)  |  Organism (220)  |  Palsy (3)  |  Part (222)  |  Physiological (62)  |  Power (746)  |  Relieve (5)  |  Show (346)  |  Substance (248)  |  Success (302)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Transfer (20)  |  Turn (447)  |  Way (1217)  |  Weaken (4)  |  Wealth (94)  |  Yield (81)

It is the geniuses who, as pioneers, create the highways, and the cultivated who level and beautify them. Highway improvement would be a good thing in the sciences, so that we could get from one of them to another more easily.
Aphorism 39 in Notebook D (1773-1775), as translated by R.J. Hollingdale in Aphorisms (1990). Reprinted as The Waste Books (2000), 49.
Science quotes on:  |  Beauty (299)  |  Cultivation (35)  |  Genius (284)  |  Good (889)  |  Highway (13)  |  Improvement (108)  |  Level (67)  |  More (2559)  |  Pioneer (33)  |  Science (3879)  |  Thing (1915)

It is we, we alone, who have dreamed up the causes, the one-thing-after-another, the one-thing-reciprocating-another, the relativity, the constraint, the numbers, the laws, the freedom, the ‘reason why,’ the purpose. ... We are creating myths.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Alone (311)  |  Cause (541)  |  Constraint (13)  |  Dream (208)  |  Dreamed Up (2)  |  Freedom (129)  |  Law (894)  |  Myth (56)  |  Number (699)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Reason (744)  |  Relativity (88)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Why (491)

It would take a civilization far more advanced than ours, unbelievably advanced, to begin to manipulate negative energy to create gateways to the past. But if you could obtain large quantities of negative energy—and that's a big “IF”—then you could create a time machine that apparently obeys Einstein's equation and perhaps the laws of quantum theory.
Quoted by J.R. Minkel in 'Borrowed Time: Interview with Michio Kaku', Scientific American (23 Nov 2003).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Begin (260)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Einstein (101)  |  Energy (344)  |  Equation (132)  |  Gateway (6)  |  Large (394)  |  Law (894)  |  Machine (257)  |  Manipulate (10)  |  More (2559)  |  Negative (63)  |  Obey (40)  |  Obtain (163)  |  Past (337)  |  Quantum (117)  |  Quantum Theory (66)  |  Theory (970)  |  Time (1877)  |  Time Machine (4)  |  Time Travel (4)

Japan’s only natural resources are water, fish, sunlight and brains. We must create or die.
As quoted by Franz Lidz in 'Dr. NakaMats, the Man With 3300 Patents to His Name', Smithsonian Magazine (Dec 2012).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Brain (270)  |  Die (86)  |  Fish (120)  |  Invention (369)  |  Japan (8)  |  Must (1526)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Resource (22)  |  Sunlight (23)  |  Water (481)

Leo Szilard’s Ten Commandments:
1. Recognize the connections of things and the laws of conduct of men, so that you may know what you are doing.
2. Let your acts be directed towards a worthy goal, but do not ask if they will reach it; they are to be models and examples, not means to an end.
3. Speak to all men as you do to yourself, with no concern for the effect you make, so that you do not shut them out from your world; lest in isolation the meaning of life slips out of sight and you lose the belief in the perfection of the creation.
4. Do not destroy what you cannot create.
5. Touch no dish, except that you are hungry.
6. Do not covet what you cannot have.
7. Do not lie without need.
8. Honor children. Listen reverently to their words and speak to them with infinite love.
9. Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become.
10. Lead your life with a gentle hand and be ready to leave whenever you are called.
Circulated by Mrs. Szilard in July 1964, in a letter to their friends (translated by Dr. Jacob Bronowski). As printed in Robert J. Levine, Ethics and Regulation of Clinical Research (1988), 431.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Act (272)  |  All (4108)  |  Ask (411)  |  Become (815)  |  Being (1278)  |  Belief (578)  |  Call (769)  |  Child (307)  |  Children (200)  |  Commandment (8)  |  Concern (228)  |  Conduct (69)  |  Connection (162)  |  Covet (2)  |  Creation (327)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Destruction (125)  |  Direct (225)  |  Do (1908)  |  Doing (280)  |  Effect (393)  |  End (590)  |  Example (94)  |  Friend (168)  |  Goal (145)  |  Hinder (12)  |  Honor (54)  |  Hunger (21)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Isolation (31)  |  Know (1518)  |  Law (894)  |  Lead (384)  |  Lie (364)  |  Life (1795)  |  Listen (73)  |  Lose (159)  |  Love (309)  |  Mean (809)  |  Meaning (233)  |  Means (579)  |  Memory (134)  |  Model (102)  |  Need (290)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Reach (281)  |  Recognition (88)  |  Recognize (125)  |  Shut (41)  |  Sight (132)  |  Solitude (18)  |  Speak (232)  |  Speaking (119)  |  Stranger (15)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Touch (141)  |  Whenever (81)  |  Will (2355)  |  Word (619)  |  Work (1351)  |  World (1774)  |  Year (933)

Let me describe briefly how a black hole might be created. Imagine a star with a mass 10 times that of the sun. During most of its lifetime of about a billion years the star will generate heat at its center by converting hydrogen into helium. The energy released will create sufficient pressure to support the star against its own gravity, giving rise to an object with a radius about five times the radius of the sun. The escape velocity from the surface of such a star would be about 1,000 kilometers per second. That is to say, an object fired vertically upward from the surface of the star with a velocity of less than 1,000 kilometers per second would be dragged back by the gravitational field of the star and would return to the surface, whereas an object with a velocity greater than that would escape to infinity.
When the star had exhausted its nuclear fuel, there would be nothing to maintain the outward pressure, and the star would begin to collapse because of its own gravity. As the star shrank, the gravitational field at the surface would become stronger and the escape velocity would increase. By the time the radius had got down to 10 kilometers the escape velocity would have increased to 100,000 kilometers per second, the velocity of light. After that time any light emitted from the star would not be able to escape to infinity but would be dragged back by the gravitational field. According to the special theory of relativity nothing can travel faster than light, so that if light cannot escape, nothing else can either. The result would be a black hole: a region of space-time from which it is not possible to escape to infinity.
'The Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes', Scientific American, 1977, 236, 34-40.
Science quotes on:  |  According (237)  |  Against (332)  |  Back (390)  |  Become (815)  |  Begin (260)  |  Billion (95)  |  Black Hole (17)  |  Describe (128)  |  Down (456)  |  Energy (344)  |  Escape (80)  |  Faster (50)  |  Field (364)  |  Gravity (132)  |  Greater (288)  |  Heat (174)  |  Helium (11)  |  Hydrogen (75)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Increase (210)  |  Infinity (90)  |  Kilometer (10)  |  Light (607)  |  Maintain (105)  |  Mass (157)  |  Most (1731)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Nuclear (107)  |  Object (422)  |  Possible (552)  |  Pressure (63)  |  Relativity (88)  |  Result (677)  |  Return (124)  |  Rise (166)  |  Say (984)  |  Space (500)  |  Space-Time (17)  |  Special (184)  |  Star (427)  |  Stronger (36)  |  Sufficient (128)  |  Sun (385)  |  Support (147)  |  Surface (209)  |  Theory (970)  |  Theory Of Relativity (33)  |  Time (1877)  |  Travel (114)  |  Upward (43)  |  Velocity (48)  |  Will (2355)  |  Year (933)

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Find (998)  |  Life (1795)

Mathematicians are inexorably drawn to nature, not just describing what is to be found there, but in creating echoes of natural laws.
In Gary William Flake, The Computational Beauty of Nature (2000), 361.
Science quotes on:  |  Echo (11)  |  Law (894)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Law (41)  |  Nature (1926)

Mathematicians create by acts of insight and intuition. Logic then sanctions the conquests of intuition. It is the hygiene that mathematics practices to keep its ideas healthy and strong. Moreover, the whole structure rests fundamentally on uncertain ground, the intuition of humans. Here and there an intuition is scooped out and replaced by a firmly built pillar of thought; however, this pillar is based on some deeper, perhaps less clearly defined, intuition. Though the process of replacing intuitions with precise thoughts does not change the nature of the ground on which mathematics ultimately rests, it does add strength and height to the structure.
In Mathematics in Western Culture (1964), 408.
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Add (40)  |  Base (117)  |  Build (204)  |  Change (593)  |  Clearly (41)  |  Conquest (28)  |  Deep (233)  |  Define (49)  |  Firmly (6)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Ground (217)  |  Healthy (68)  |  Height (32)  |  Human (1468)  |  Hygiene (12)  |  Idea (843)  |  Insight (102)  |  Intuition (75)  |  Keep (101)  |  Less (103)  |  Logic (287)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Moreover (3)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Pillar (9)  |  Practice (204)  |  Precise (68)  |  Process (423)  |  Replace (31)  |  Rest (280)  |  Sanction (7)  |  Strength (126)  |  Strong (174)  |  Structure (344)  |  Thought (953)  |  Ultimate (144)  |  Ultimately (55)  |  Uncertain (44)  |  Whole (738)

Mathematicians seem to have no difficulty in creating new concepts faster than the old ones become well understood.
Acceptance Speech for the Kyoto Prize (1991), 'A scientist by choice'. On kyotoprize.org website.
Science quotes on:  |  Become (815)  |  Concept (221)  |  Difficulty (196)  |  Faster (50)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  New (1216)  |  Old (481)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understood (156)

Mathematics began to seem too much like puzzle solving. Physics is puzzle solving, too, but of puzzles created by nature, not by the mind of man.
Quoted in Joan Dash, 'Maria Goeppert-Mayer', A Life of One's Own, 252.
Science quotes on:  |  Man (2251)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Puzzle (44)

Mathematics … above all other subjects, makes the student lust after knowledge, fills him, as it were, with a longing to fathom the cause of things and to employ his own powers independently; it collects his mental forces and concentrates them on a single point and thus awakens the spirit of individual inquiry, self-confidence and the joy of doing; it fascinates because of the view-points which it offers and creates certainty and assurance, owing to the universal validity of its methods. Thus, both what he receives and what he himself contributes toward the proper conception and solution of a problem, combine to mature the student and to make him skillful, to lead him away from the surface of things and to exercise him in the perception of their essence. A student thus prepared thirsts after knowledge and is ready for the university and its sciences. Thus it appears, that higher mathematics is the best guide to philosophy and to the philosophic conception of the world (considered as a self-contained whole) and of one’s own being.
In Die Mathematik die Fackelträgerin einer neuen Zeit (1889), 40. As translated in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-book (1914), 49.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Appear (118)  |  Assurance (17)  |  Awaken (15)  |  Being (1278)  |  Best (459)  |  Both (493)  |  Cause (541)  |  Certainty (174)  |  Collect (16)  |  Combine (57)  |  Concentrate (26)  |  Conception (154)  |  Confidence (69)  |  Consider (416)  |  Contribute (27)  |  Doing (280)  |  Employ (113)  |  Essence (82)  |  Exercise (110)  |  Fascinate (12)  |  Fathom (15)  |  Fill (61)  |  Force (487)  |  Guide (97)  |  Himself (461)  |  Independently (24)  |  Individual (404)  |  Inquiry (78)  |  Joy (107)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Lead (384)  |  Long (790)  |  Longing (19)  |  Lust (7)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mature (16)  |  Mental (177)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Offer (141)  |  Other (2236)  |  Owe (71)  |  Owing (39)  |  Perception (97)  |  Philosophic (5)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Point (580)  |  Power (746)  |  Prepare (37)  |  Problem (676)  |  Proper (144)  |  Ready (39)  |  Receive (114)  |  Science (3879)  |  Self (267)  |  Self-Confidence (9)  |  Self-Contained (3)  |  Single (353)  |  Skillful (14)  |  Solution (267)  |  Spirit (265)  |  Student (300)  |  Subject (521)  |  Surface (209)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thirst (11)  |  Universal (189)  |  University (121)  |  Validity (47)  |  Value Of Mathematics (60)  |  View (488)  |  Whole (738)  |  World (1774)

Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create.
A Philosophical Dictionary? (1764, 1843), Vol. 2, 317.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Divinity (23)  |  Earth (996)  |  Great (1574)  |  Health (193)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Joint (31)  |  Noble (90)  |  Occupied (45)  |  Other (2236)  |  Physician (273)  |  Preserve (83)  |  Renew (19)  |  Skill (109)

Mere infants of the universe, with no feel for infinity, no sense of place in time and space, we human beings have yet to comprehend the enormity of what we are doing: In a geological second, we are unraveling complexities it took eternity to create.
In Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein, The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World (2007), 107.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Complexity (111)  |  Comprehend (40)  |  Doing (280)  |  Enormity (4)  |  Eternity (63)  |  Feel (367)  |  Geological (11)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Being (175)  |  Human Beings (117)  |  Infant (26)  |  Infinity (90)  |  Place (177)  |  Second (62)  |  Sense (770)  |  Space (500)  |  Time (1877)  |  Time And Space (39)  |  Universe (857)  |  Unravel (14)

Modern war, even from the consideration of physical welfare, is not creative. Soldiers and civilians alike are supposed to put on mental khaki. … War means the death of that fertile war which consists of the free, restless conflict of ideas. The war which matters is that of the scientist with nature; of the farmer with the tawny desert; of … philosopher against … mob stupidity. Such war is creative. … Inventions that further life and joy; freedom; new knowledge, whether Luther Burbank’s about the breeding of fruits or Einstein's about relativity; great cathedrals and Beethoven's music: these modern mechanical war can destroy but never produce. At its most inventive height, war creates the Maxim gun, the submarine, disseminable germs of disease, life-blasting gases. Spiritually and intellectually, modern war is not creative.
From ‘The Stagnation of War’, in Allen D. Hole (ed.) The Messenger of Peace (Nov 1924), 49, No. 11, 162-163.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Against (332)  |  Alike (60)  |  Beethoven (13)  |  Beethoven_Ludwig (8)  |  Biological Warfare (2)  |  Breeding (21)  |  Luther Burbank (14)  |  Cathedral (27)  |  Conflict (73)  |  Consideration (139)  |  Consist (223)  |  Creative (137)  |  Death (388)  |  Desert (56)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Disease (328)  |  Einstein (101)  |  Albert Einstein (605)  |  Farmer (32)  |  Fertile (29)  |  Free (232)  |  Freedom (129)  |  Fruit (102)  |  Germ (53)  |  Great (1574)  |  Idea (843)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Invention (369)  |  Joy (107)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Life (1795)  |  Matter (798)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Mechanical (140)  |  Mental (177)  |  Mob (9)  |  Modern (385)  |  Most (1731)  |  Music (129)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Never (1087)  |  New (1216)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Physical (508)  |  Produce (104)  |  Relativity (88)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Soldier (26)  |  Spiritually (3)  |  Stupidity (39)  |  Submarine (12)  |  Tawny (3)  |  War (225)  |  Welfare (25)

Most people like to believe something is or is not true. Great scientists tolerate ambiguity very well. They believe the theory enough to go ahead; they doubt it enough to notice the errors and faults so they can step forward and create the new replacement theory. If you believe too much you’ll never notice the flaws; if you doubt too much you won’t get started. It requires a lovely balance.
'You and Your Research', Bell Communications Research Colloquium Seminar, 7 Mar 1986.
Science quotes on:  |  Ambiguity (17)  |  Balance (77)  |  Belief (578)  |  Doubt (304)  |  Enough (340)  |  Error (321)  |  Fault (54)  |  Flaw (17)  |  Forward (102)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greatness (54)  |  Most (1731)  |  Never (1087)  |  New (1216)  |  Notice (77)  |  People (1005)  |  Replacement (12)  |  Require (219)  |  Requirement (63)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Something (719)  |  Start (221)  |  Step (231)  |  Theory (970)  |  Toleration (6)  |  Truth (1057)

My price is five dollars for a miniature on ivory, and I have engaged three or four at that price. My price for profiles is one dollar, and everybody is willing to engage me at that price.
Explaining how as an artist he would create income to pay his debts while at college.
Letter to his parents (25 Jun 1810). Samuel F.B. Morse: His Letters and Journals (1914), vol. 1, 20.
Science quotes on:  |  Artist (90)  |  Biography (240)  |  College (66)  |  Debt (13)  |  Engage (39)  |  Everybody (70)  |  Income (17)  |  Miniature (7)  |  Price (51)  |  Willing (44)

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.
In a speech to Congress (16 Sep 1969). This is part of a longer quote given on the Neil Armstrong Quotes page of this website, beginning “In the next twenty centuries….”
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Basis (173)  |  Desire (204)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Understand (606)  |  Wonder (236)

Naturally, some intriguing thoughts arise from the discovery that the three chief particles making up matter—the proton, the neutron, and the electron—all have antiparticles. Were particles and antiparticles created in equal numbers at the beginning of the universe? If so, does the universe contain worlds, remote from ours, which are made up of antiparticles?
In The Intelligent Man's Guide to the Physical Sciences (1960, 1968), 222. Also in Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations (1988), 138.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Antiparticle (4)  |  Arise (158)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Chief (97)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Electron (93)  |  Equal (83)  |  Making (300)  |  Matter (798)  |  Neutron (17)  |  Number (699)  |  Particle (194)  |  Proton (21)  |  Remote (83)  |  Thought (953)  |  Universe (857)  |  World (1774)

Nature creates curved lines while humans create straight lines.
Science quotes on:  |  Human (1468)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Straight (73)  |  Straight Line (30)

Nature! … She creates needs because she loves action. Wondrous! that she produces all this action so easily. Every need is a benefit, swiftly satisfied, swiftly renewed.—Every fresh want is a new source of pleasure, but she soon reaches an equilibrium.
As quoted by T.H. Huxley, in Norman Lockyer (ed.), 'Nature: Aphorisms by Goethe', Nature (1870), 1, 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Action (327)  |  All (4108)  |  Benefit (114)  |  Easily (35)  |  Equilibrium (33)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Fresh (67)  |  Love (309)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Need (290)  |  New (1216)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Produce (104)  |  Renew (19)  |  Satisfied (23)  |  Soon (186)  |  Source (93)  |  Swift (12)  |  Want (497)  |  Wondrous (21)

New discoveries in science and their flow of new inventions will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.
From Commencement Address at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio (11 Jun 1949), 'Give Us Self-Reliance – or Give Us Security', on hoover.archives.gov website.
Science quotes on:  |  Adventure (56)  |  Continue (165)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Flow (83)  |  Frontier (38)  |  Invention (369)  |  New (1216)  |  Science (3879)  |  Still (613)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Will (2355)

New frontiers of the mind are before us, and if they are pioneered with the same vision, boldness, and drive with which we have waged this war we can create a fuller and more fruitful employment and a fuller and more fruitful life.
Letter to Vannevar Bush (17 Nov 1944). As printed in Vannevar Bush, Science, the Endless Frontier: A report to the President (1945), viii.
Science quotes on:  |  Boldness (10)  |  Drive (55)  |  Employment (32)  |  Frontier (38)  |  Fruitful (58)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mind (1338)  |  More (2559)  |  New (1216)  |  Pioneer (33)  |  Vision (123)  |  Wage (5)  |  War (225)

Nirvana is a state of pure blissful knowledge ... It has nothing to do with the individual. The ego or its separation is an illusion. Indeed in a certain sense two ‘I’s are identical namely when one disregards all special contents–their Karma. The goal of man is to preserve his Karma and to develop it further ... when man dies his Karma lives and creates for itself another carrier.
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Blissful (3)  |  Carrier (5)  |  Certain (550)  |  Content (69)  |  Develop (268)  |  Die (86)  |  Disregard (8)  |  Do (1908)  |  Ego (17)  |  Far (154)  |  Goal (145)  |  Identical (53)  |  Illusion (66)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Individual (404)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Live (628)  |  Man (2251)  |  Namely (11)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Preserve (83)  |  Pure (291)  |  Sense (770)  |  Separation (57)  |  Special (184)  |  State (491)  |  Two (937)

No one has ever done this before, … What we are trying to do here is to create a stem cell line without injuring an embryo. Our cells can go on to become a healthy, kicking baby.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Baby (28)  |  Become (815)  |  Cell (138)  |  Do (1908)  |  Embryo (28)  |  Healthy (68)  |  Injure (3)  |  Kick (10)  |  Line (91)  |  Stem (31)  |  Stem Cell (11)  |  Try (283)  |  Trying (144)

Of all the sciences that pertain to reason, Metaphysics and Geometry are those in which imagination plays the greatest part. … Imagination acts no less in a geometer who creates than in a poet who invents. It is true that they operate differently on their object. The first shears it down and analyzes it, the second puts it together and embellishes it. … Of all the great men of antiquity, Archimedes is perhaps the one who most deserves to be placed beside Homer.
From the original French: “La Métaphysique & la Géométrie sont de toutes les Sciences qui appartiennent à la raison, celles où l’imagination à le plus de part. … L’imagination dans un Géometre qui crée, n’agit pas moins que dans un Poëte qui invente. Il est vrai qu’ils operent différemment sur leur objet; le premier le dépouille & l’analyse, le second le compose & l’embellit. … De tous les grands hommes de l’antiquité, Archimede est peut-être celui qui mérite le plus d’être placé à côté d’Homere.” In Discours Preliminaire de L'Encyclopedie (1751), xvi. As translated by Richard N. Schwab and Walter E. Rex, Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot (1963, 1995), xxxvi. A footnote states “Note that ‘geometer’ in d’Alembert’s definition is a term that includes all mathematicians and is not strictly limited to practitioners of geometry alone.” Also seen in a variant extract and translation: “Thus metaphysics and mathematics are, among all the sciences that belong to reason, those in which imagination has the greatest role. I beg pardon of those delicate spirits who are detractors of mathematics for saying this …. The imagination in a mathematician who creates makes no less difference than in a poet who invents…. Of all the great men of antiquity, Archimedes may be the one who most deserves to be placed beside Homer.” This latter translation may be from The Plan of the French Encyclopædia: Or Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Trades and Manufactures (1751). Webmaster has not yet been able to check for a verified citation for this translation. Can you help?
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  All (4108)  |  Antiquity (33)  |  Archimedes (55)  |  Delicate (43)  |  Deserve (65)  |  Difference (337)  |  Down (456)  |  First (1283)  |  Geometry (255)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Homer (9)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Invent (51)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Metaphysics (50)  |  Most (1731)  |  Object (422)  |  Place (177)  |  Poet (83)  |  Reason (744)  |  Role (86)  |  Science (3879)  |  Spirit (265)  |  Together (387)

On the contrary, God was always invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time—life and death—stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore, I don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out.
Quoted in P. C. W. Davies and Julian Brown (eds.), Superstrings: A Theory of Everything? (1988), 208-9.
Science quotes on:  |  Certain (550)  |  Consciousness (123)  |  Consider (416)  |  Contrary (141)  |  Death (388)  |  Discover (553)  |  Do (1908)  |  Explain (322)  |  God (757)  |  Law (894)  |  Life (1795)  |  Live (628)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Other (2236)  |  Something (719)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Time (1877)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Universe (857)  |  Why (491)  |  Will (2355)  |  Work (1351)

One can argue that mathematics is a human activity deeply rooted in reality, and permanently returning to reality. From counting on one’s fingers to moon-landing to Google, we are doing mathematics in order to understand, create, and handle things, … Mathematicians are thus more or less responsible actors of human history, like Archimedes helping to defend Syracuse (and to save a local tyrant), Alan Turing cryptanalyzing Marshal Rommel’s intercepted military dispatches to Berlin, or John von Neumann suggesting high altitude detonation as an efficient tactic of bombing.
In 'Mathematical Knowledge: Internal, Social and Cultural Aspects', Mathematics As Metaphor: Selected Essays (2007), 3.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Activity (210)  |  Altitude (4)  |  Archimedes (55)  |  Berlin (10)  |  Bomb (18)  |  Counting (26)  |  Defend (30)  |  Detonation (2)  |  Doing (280)  |  Efficient (26)  |  Finger (44)  |  Google (4)  |  Handle (28)  |  High (362)  |  History (673)  |  Human (1468)  |  Intercept (3)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Military (40)  |  Moon (237)  |  Moon Landing (8)  |  More (2559)  |  More Or Less (68)  |  Order (632)  |  Reality (261)  |  Root (120)  |  Save (118)  |  Syracuse (5)  |  Tactic (7)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Alan M. Turing (8)  |  Tyrant (9)  |  Understand (606)

One can truly say that the irresistible progress of natural science since the time of Galileo has made its first halt before the study of the higher parts of the brain, the organ of the most complicated relations of the animal to the external world. And it seems, and not without reason, that now is the really critical moment for natural science; for the brain, in its highest complexity—the human brain—which created and creates natural science, itself becomes the object of this science.
Natural Science and Brain (1909), 120.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (617)  |  Become (815)  |  Brain (270)  |  Complexity (111)  |  Complicated (115)  |  Complication (29)  |  Creation (327)  |  Critical (66)  |  External (57)  |  First (1283)  |  Galileo Galilei (122)  |  Halt (9)  |  Higher (37)  |  Human (1468)  |  Irresistible (16)  |  Moment (253)  |  Most (1731)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Science (128)  |  Object (422)  |  Organ (115)  |  Part (222)  |  Progress (465)  |  Reason (744)  |  Relation (157)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Study (653)  |  Time (1877)  |  Truly (116)  |  World (1774)

One should not understand this compulsion to construct concepts, species, forms, purposes, laws ('a world of identical cases') as if they enabled us to fix the real world; but as a compulsion to arrange a world for ourselves in which our existence is made possible:—we thereby create a world which is calculable, simplified, comprehensible, etc., for us.
The Will to Power (Notes written 1883-1888), book 3, no. 521. Trans. W. Kaufmann and R. J. Hollingdale and ed. W. Kaufmann (1968), 282.
Science quotes on:  |  Arrange (30)  |  Calculation (127)  |  Comprehension (66)  |  Compulsion (17)  |  Concept (221)  |  Construct (124)  |  Enable (119)  |  Existence (456)  |  Form (959)  |  Identical (53)  |  Law (894)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Possible (552)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Real (149)  |  Simplicity (167)  |  Species (401)  |  Understand (606)  |  Understanding (513)  |  World (1774)

Only the individual can think, and thereby create new values for society–nay, even set up new moral standards to which the life of the community conforms. Without creative, independently thinking and judging personalities the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Community (104)  |  Conform (13)  |  Creative (137)  |  Development (422)  |  Independently (24)  |  Individual (404)  |  Judge (108)  |  Life (1795)  |  Moral (195)  |  New (1216)  |  Nourish (16)  |  Personality (62)  |  Set (394)  |  Society (326)  |  Soil (86)  |  Standard (57)  |  Thereby (5)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Unthinkable (8)  |  Upward (43)  |  Value (365)

Organic chemistry has literally placed a new nature beside the old. And not only for the delectation and information of its devotees; the whole face and manner of society has been altered by its products. We are clothed, ornamented and protected by forms of matter foreign to Nature; we travel and are propelled, in, on and by them. Their conquest of our powerful insect enemies, their capacity to modify the soil and control its microscopic flora, their ability to purify and protect our water, have increased the habitable surface of the earth and multiplied our food supply; and the dramatic advances in synthetic medicinal chemistry comfort and maintain us, and create unparalleled social opportunities (and problems).
In 'Synthesis', in A. Todd (ed.), Perspectives in Organic Chemistry (1956), 180.
Science quotes on:  |  Ability (152)  |  Advance (280)  |  Alter (62)  |  Altered (32)  |  Bacteria (48)  |  Capacity (100)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Comfort (59)  |  Conquest (28)  |  Control (167)  |  Dramatic (17)  |  Earth (996)  |  Face (212)  |  Food (199)  |  Foreign (45)  |  Form (959)  |  Information (166)  |  Insect (77)  |  Literally (30)  |  Maintain (105)  |  Matter (798)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Microscopic (26)  |  Nature (1926)  |  New (1216)  |  Old (481)  |  Organic (158)  |  Organic Chemistry (40)  |  Ornament (20)  |  Powerful (139)  |  Problem (676)  |  Product (160)  |  Protect (58)  |  Purification (7)  |  Social (252)  |  Society (326)  |  Soil (86)  |  Supply (93)  |  Surface (209)  |  Surface Of The Earth (36)  |  Synthesis (57)  |  Synthetic (26)  |  Travel (114)  |  Water (481)  |  Whole (738)

Our world is not an optimal place, fine tuned by omnipotent forces of selection. It is a quirky mass of imperfections, working well enough (often admirably); a jury-rigged set of adaptations built of curious parts made available by past histories in different contexts ... A world optimally adapted to current environments is a world without history, and a world without history might have been created as we find it. History matters; it confounds perfection and proves that current life transformed its own past.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Adapt (66)  |  Adaptation (58)  |  Admirably (3)  |  Available (78)  |  Build (204)  |  Confound (21)  |  Context (29)  |  Curious (91)  |  Current (118)  |  Different (577)  |  Enough (340)  |  Environment (216)  |  Find (998)  |  Fine (33)  |  Force (487)  |  History (673)  |  Imperfection (31)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mass (157)  |  Matter (798)  |  Often (106)  |  Omnipotent (12)  |  Optimal (4)  |  Optimally (2)  |  Part (222)  |  Past (337)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Place (177)  |  Prove (250)  |  Quirky (3)  |  Selection (128)  |  Set (394)  |  Transform (73)  |  Tune (19)  |  Work (1351)  |  World (1774)

Painting is but one single small mode of expressing my own cosmology, which enables me, through my genius and paranoia, to create a synthesis of nature impossible even for the scientist, because the scientist is too much involved in his specialization.
As quoted in 'Playboy Interview: Salvador Dalí, a candid conversation with the flamboyantly eccentric grand vizier of surrealism', Playboy Magazine (Jul 1964), 46, 48. Quoted and cited in Michael R. Taylor, 'God and the Atom: Salvador Dalí’s Mystical Manifesto and the Contested Origins of Nuclear Painting', Avant-garde Studies (Fall 2016), No. 2, 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Cosmology (25)  |  Enable (119)  |  Express (186)  |  Genius (284)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Involve (90)  |  Involved (90)  |  Mode (41)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Painting (44)  |  Paranoia (3)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Single (353)  |  Small (477)  |  Specialization (23)  |  Synthesis (57)  |  Through (849)

Painting the desert, sun-setting the tone
Starving backstage, morning-stars are jaded
The moonshine murmur still shivers alone
Curved slice of sliver, shear breath shadows stone
Suspending twilight shiny and shaded
Painting the desert, sun-setting the tone
Carving solace into silver in June
On horizons’ glow from forgotten gold
The moonshine’s’ shilling delivers alone
Gleaming duels of knights, pierce deathly silence
Steel tines of starlight, clashing swords they hold
Painting the desert, sun-setting the tone
Dimples aware, sparkle sand on the dune
Winking at comets, after tails are told
The moon-sand whispers, sift rivers alone
Sharpness they hone, filing skills onto stone
Starlight dazzles, its own space created
Painting the desert, sun-setting the tone
From owls’ talon, moonlight shimmers alone
Earth Man
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Alone (311)  |  Aware (31)  |  Breath (59)  |  Carve (5)  |  Clash (8)  |  Comet (54)  |  Curve (49)  |  Dazzle (3)  |  Deliver (29)  |  Desert (56)  |  Duel (4)  |  Dune (4)  |  File (6)  |  Forget (115)  |  Forgotten (53)  |  Gleam (12)  |  Glow (14)  |  Gold (97)  |  Hold (95)  |  Hone (3)  |  Horizon (45)  |  June (2)  |  Knight (6)  |  Moon (237)  |  Moonlight (5)  |  Moonshine (4)  |  Morning (94)  |  Murmur (4)  |  Owl (3)  |  Painting (44)  |  Pierce (3)  |  River (119)  |  Sand (62)  |  Setting (44)  |  Shade (31)  |  Shadow (72)  |  Sharpness (8)  |  Shear (2)  |  Shilling (4)  |  Shiny (3)  |  Shiver (2)  |  Sift (3)  |  Silence (56)  |  Silver (46)  |  Skill (109)  |  Slice (2)  |  Sliver (2)  |  Solace (7)  |  Space (500)  |  Sparkle (8)  |  Star (427)  |  Starlight (5)  |  Stars (304)  |  Starvation (13)  |  Steel (21)  |  Still (613)  |  Stone (162)  |  Sun (385)  |  Suspend (9)  |  Sword (15)  |  Tail (18)  |  Talon (2)  |  Tell (340)  |  Tone (22)  |  Twilight (6)  |  Whisper (11)  |  Wink (3)

Poetry creates life; Science dissects death.
Lectures and Addresses on Literary and Social Topics (1859), 123. In James Wood, Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893), 382:26 .
Science quotes on:  |  Death (388)  |  Life (1795)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Science (3879)

Pure mathematics proves itself a royal science both through its content and form, which contains within itself the cause of its being and its methods of proof. For in complete independence mathematics creates for itself the object of which it treats, its magnitudes and laws, its formulas and symbols.
In Die Mathematik die Fackelträgerin einer neuen Zeit (1889), 94. As translated in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-book (1914), 11.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Both (493)  |  Cause (541)  |  Complete (204)  |  Contain (68)  |  Content (69)  |  Form (959)  |  Formula (98)  |  Independence (34)  |  Law (894)  |  Magnitude (83)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Nature Of Mathematics (80)  |  Object (422)  |  Proof (287)  |  Prove (250)  |  Pure (291)  |  Pure Mathematics (67)  |  Royal (57)  |  Science (3879)  |  Symbol (93)  |  Through (849)  |  Treat (35)

Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings. They did it by killing all those who opposed them.
Anonymous
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Empire (14)  |  Great (1574)  |  Kill (100)  |  Meeting (20)  |  Oppose (24)  |  Rome (19)

Science bestowed immense new powers on man, and, at the same time, created conditions which were largely beyond his comprehension.
Science quotes on:  |  Bestow (18)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Comprehension (66)  |  Condition (356)  |  Immense (86)  |  Man (2251)  |  New (1216)  |  Power (746)  |  Science (3879)  |  Time (1877)

Science has gone a long way toward helping man to free himself from the burden of hard labor; yet, science itself is not a liberator. It creates means, not goals. It is up to men to utilize those means to achieve reasonable goals.
In 'I Am an American' (22 Jun 1940), Einstein Archives 29-092. Excerpted in David E. Rowe and Robert J. Schulmann, Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb (2007), 470. The British Library Sound Archive holds a recording of this statement by Einstein. It was during a radio broadcast for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, interviewed by a State Department Official. Einstein spoke following an examination on his application for American citizenship in Trenton, New Jersey. The attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s declaration of war on Japan was still over a year in the future.
Science quotes on:  |  Achieve (66)  |  Burden (27)  |  Creating (7)  |  Free (232)  |  Freedom (129)  |  Goal (145)  |  Hard (243)  |  Himself (461)  |  Labor (107)  |  Liberator (2)  |  Long (790)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Reasonable (27)  |  Science (3879)  |  Utilization (15)  |  Way (1217)

Science has gone down into the mines and coal-pits, and before the safety-lamp the Gnomes and Genii of those dark regions have disappeared… Sirens, mermaids, shining cities glittering at the bottom of quiet seas and in deep lakes, exist no longer; but in their place, Science, their destroyer, shows us whole coasts of coral reef constructed by the labours of minute creatures; points to our own chalk cliffs and limestone rocks as made of the dust of myriads of generations of infinitesimal beings that have passed away; reduces the very element of water into its constituent airs, and re-creates it at her pleasure.
Book review of Robert Hunt, Poetry of Science (1848), in the London Examiner (1848). Although uncredited in print, biographers identified his authorship from his original handwritten work. Collected in Charles Dickens and Frederic George Kitton (ed.) Old Lamps for New Ones: And Other Sketches and Essays (1897), 86-87.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (347)  |  Being (1278)  |  Bottom (33)  |  Chalk (8)  |  City (78)  |  Cliff (19)  |  Coal (57)  |  Coast (13)  |  Constituent (45)  |  Construct (124)  |  Constructing (3)  |  Coral (10)  |  Coral Reef (12)  |  Creature (233)  |  Dark (140)  |  Deep (233)  |  Destroyer (4)  |  Disappear (82)  |  Disappearance (28)  |  Down (456)  |  Dust (64)  |  Element (310)  |  Exist (443)  |  Generation (242)  |  Genius (284)  |  Glitter (8)  |  Infinitesimal (29)  |  Labour (98)  |  Lake (32)  |  Lamp (36)  |  Limestone (6)  |  Mermaid (5)  |  Mine (76)  |  Minute (125)  |  Myriad (31)  |  Pass (238)  |  Pit (19)  |  Pleasure (178)  |  Point (580)  |  Pointing (4)  |  Quiet (36)  |  Reduce (94)  |  Reef (7)  |  Region (36)  |  Rock (161)  |  Safety (54)  |  Safety Lamp (3)  |  Science (3879)  |  Sea (308)  |  Shining (35)  |  Show (346)  |  Siren (4)  |  Water (481)  |  Whole (738)

Science helps us before all things in this, that it somewhat lightens the feeling of wonder with which Nature fills us; then, however, as life becomes more and more complex, it creates new facilities for the avoidance of what would do us harm and the promotion of what will do us good.
In The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe (1906), 203.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Avoidance (11)  |  Become (815)  |  Complex (188)  |  Do (1908)  |  Facility (11)  |  Feeling (250)  |  Fill (61)  |  Good (889)  |  Harm (39)  |  Help (105)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lighten (2)  |  More (2559)  |  Nature (1926)  |  New (1216)  |  Promotion (7)  |  Science (3879)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wonder (236)

Science is always wrong; … Science can never solve one problem without creating ten more problems.
Speech at the Einstein Dinner, Savoy Hotel, London (28 Oct 1930). Reproduced in George Bernard Shaw and Warren Sylvester Smith (ed.), The Religious Speeches of George Bernard Shaw (1963), 83. This is part of a longer quote, comparing science and religion, which begins, “We call the one side…,” which can be found elsewhere on the page of George Bernard Shaw Quotations on this website.
Science quotes on:  |  More (2559)  |  Never (1087)  |  Problem (676)  |  Science (3879)  |  Solve (130)  |  Wrong (234)

Science tries to answer the question: ‘How?’ How do cells act in the body? How do you design an airplane that will fly faster than sound? How is a molecule of insulin constructed? Religion, by contrast, tries to answer the question: ‘Why?’ Why was man created? Why ought I to tell the truth? Why must there be sorrow or pain or death? Science attempts to analyze how things and people and animals behave; it has no concern whether this behavior is good or bad, is purposeful or not. But religion is precisely the quest for such answers: whether an act is right or wrong, good or bad, and why.
Science and Imagination, ch. 4, Basic Books (1967).
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Airplane (41)  |  Analyze (10)  |  Animal (617)  |  Answer (366)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Bad (180)  |  Behave (17)  |  Behavior (84)  |  Body (537)  |  Cell (138)  |  Concern (228)  |  Construct (124)  |  Contrast (44)  |  Death (388)  |  Design (195)  |  Do (1908)  |  Fast (45)  |  Faster (50)  |  Fly (146)  |  Good (889)  |  Insulin (9)  |  Man (2251)  |  Molecule (174)  |  Must (1526)  |  Pain (136)  |  People (1005)  |  Precisely (92)  |  Quest (39)  |  Question (621)  |  Religion (361)  |  Right (452)  |  Science (3879)  |  Sorrow (17)  |  Sound (183)  |  Tell (340)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Try (283)  |  Why (491)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wrong (234)

Science will continue to surprise us with what it discovers and creates; then it will astound us by devising new methods to surprise us. At the core of science’s self-modification is technology. New tools enable new structures of knowledge and new ways of discovery. The achievement of science is to know new things; the evolution of science is to know them in new ways. What evolves is less the body of what we know and more the nature of our knowing.
'Speculations on the Future of Science'. In Clifford A. Pickover, Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them (2008), 172.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Achievement (179)  |  Astound (7)  |  Body (537)  |  Continue (165)  |  Core (18)  |  Devise (14)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Enable (119)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowing (137)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Less (103)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Modification (55)  |  More (2559)  |  Nature (1926)  |  New (1216)  |  Science (3879)  |  Self (267)  |  Structure (344)  |  Surprise (86)  |  Technology (257)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Tool (117)  |  Way (1217)  |  Will (2355)

Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them.
In Universities: American, English, German (1930), 19.
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  More (2559)  |  Problem (676)  |  Science (3879)  |  Solve (130)

Science, unguided by a higher abstract principle, freely hands over its secrets to a vastly developed and commercially inspired technology, and the latter, even less restrained by a supreme culture saving principle, with the means of science creates all the instruments of power demanded from it by the organization of Might.
In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 9 (1936).
Science quotes on:  |  Abstract (124)  |  All (4108)  |  Commercially (3)  |  Culture (143)  |  Demand (123)  |  Develop (268)  |  Freely (13)  |  Hand (143)  |  High (362)  |  Inspire (52)  |  Instrument (144)  |  Latter (21)  |  Less (103)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Organization (114)  |  Power (746)  |  Principle (507)  |  Restrain (6)  |  Save (118)  |  Science (3879)  |  Secret (194)  |  Supreme (71)  |  Technology (257)  |  Vastly (8)

Scientists like myself merely use their gifts to show up that which already exists, and we look small compared to the artists who create works of beauty out of themselves. If a good fairy came and offered me back my youth, asking me which gifts I would rather have, those to make visible a thing which exists but which no man has ever seen before, or the genius needed to create, in a style of architecture never imagined before, the great Town Hall in which we are dining tonight, I might be tempted to choose the latter.
Nobel Banquet Speech (10 Dec 1962).
Science quotes on:  |  Already (222)  |  Architecture (48)  |  Artist (90)  |  Asking (73)  |  Back (390)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Choice (110)  |  Choose (112)  |  Comparison (102)  |  Creation (327)  |  Exist (443)  |  Existence (456)  |  Fairy (9)  |  Genius (284)  |  Gift (104)  |  Good (889)  |  Great (1574)  |  Look (582)  |  Man (2251)  |  Merely (316)  |  Myself (212)  |  Never (1087)  |  Offer (141)  |  Scientist (820)  |  See (1081)  |  Show (346)  |  Small (477)  |  Temptation (11)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Tonight (9)  |  Town Hall (2)  |  Use (766)  |  Visibility (6)  |  Visible (84)  |  Work (1351)  |  Youth (101)

So many people today–and even professional scientists–seem to me like someone who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest . A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is–in my opinion–the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Artisan (9)  |  Background (43)  |  Distinction (72)  |  Forest (150)  |  Generation (242)  |  Give (202)  |  Historic (7)  |  Independence (34)  |  Insight (102)  |  Kind (557)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Mark (43)  |  Mere (84)  |  Most (1731)  |  Never (1087)  |  Opinion (281)  |  People (1005)  |  Philosophical (23)  |  Prejudice (87)  |  Professional (70)  |  Real (149)  |  Scientist (820)  |  See (1081)  |  Seeker (8)  |  Seem (145)  |  Someone (22)  |  Specialist (28)  |  Suffer (41)  |  Suffering (67)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Today (314)  |  Tree (246)  |  Truth (1057)

Society itself, which should create Kindness, destroys what little we had got:
To feel for none is the true social art
Of the world’s stoics—men without a heart.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Art (657)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Feel (367)  |  Heart (229)  |  Kindness (14)  |  Little (707)  |  Social (252)  |  Society (326)  |  Sociology (46)  |  Stoic (3)  |  World (1774)

Some might accept evolution, if it allowed human beings to be created by God, but evolution won’t work halfway.
Epigraph in Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations (1988), 192.
Science quotes on:  |  Accept (191)  |  Being (1278)  |  Evolution (590)  |  God (757)  |  Halfway (2)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Being (175)  |  Human Beings (117)  |  Origin Of Life (36)  |  Work (1351)

Some of Feynman’s ideas about cosmology have a modern ring. A good example is his attitude toward the origin of matter. The idea of continuous matter creation in the steady state cosmology does not seriously offend him (and he notes … that the big bang cosmology has a problem just as bad, to explain where all the matter came from in the beginning). … He emphasizes that the total energy of the universe could really be zero, and that matter creation is possible because the rest energy of the matter is actually canceled by its gravitational potential energy. “It is exciting to think that it costs nothing to create a new particle, …”
In John Preskill and Kip S. Thorne, 'Foreword to Feynman Lectures on Gravitation' (15 May 1995). Feynman delivered his lectures in 1962–63.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Attitude (82)  |  Bad (180)  |  Bang (29)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Big Bang (39)  |  Cancel (3)  |  Continuous (82)  |  Continuous Creation (2)  |  Cosmology (25)  |  Cost (86)  |  Creation (327)  |  Emphasize (23)  |  Energy (344)  |  Exciting (47)  |  Explain (322)  |  Explanation (234)  |  Richard P. Feynman (122)  |  Good (889)  |  Gravitation (70)  |  Idea (843)  |  Matter (798)  |  Modern (385)  |  New (1216)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Offend (7)  |  Origin (239)  |  Particle (194)  |  Possible (552)  |  Potential (69)  |  Potential Energy (5)  |  Problem (676)  |  Rest (280)  |  State (491)  |  Steady (44)  |  Steady State (6)  |  Think (1086)  |  Total (94)  |  Universe (857)  |  Zero (37)

Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams—day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain-machinery whizzing—are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.
Opening paragraph of preface, 'To My Readers', The Lost Princess of Oz (1917), 13.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  America (127)  |  Apt (9)  |  Automobile (22)  |  Become (815)  |  Belief (578)  |  Betterment (4)  |  Brain (270)  |  Child (307)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Christopher Columbus (15)  |  Dark (140)  |  Dark Ages (10)  |  Day Dream (2)  |  Develop (268)  |  Discover (553)  |  Dream (208)  |  Educator (5)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Engine (98)  |  Eye (419)  |  Fairy Tale (7)  |  Foster (12)  |  Benjamin Franklin (91)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Invent (51)  |  Know (1518)  |  Lead (384)  |  Machine (257)  |  Machinery (56)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mankind (339)  |  Most (1731)  |  Open (274)  |  Please (65)  |  Present (619)  |  Prominent (6)  |  Reader (40)  |  Reality (261)  |  State (491)  |  Steam (80)  |  Steam Engine (45)  |  Talking (76)  |  Telephone (27)  |  Tell (340)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Through (849)  |  Untold (6)  |  Value (365)  |  Whiz (2)  |  Wide (96)  |  Will (2355)  |  Woman (151)  |  Wonderful (149)  |  World (1774)  |  Young (227)  |  Youth (101)

Strictly speaking, it is really scandalous that science has not yet clarified the nature of number. It might be excusable that there is still no generally accepted definition of number, if at least there were general agreement on the matter itself. However, science has not even decided on whether number is an assemblage of things, or a figure drawn on the blackboard by the hand of man; whether it is something psychical, about whose generation psychology must give information, or whether it is a logical structure; whether it is created and can vanish, or whether it is eternal. It is not known whether the propositions of arithmetic deal with those structures composed of calcium carbonate [chalk] or with non-physical entities. There is as little agreement in this matter as there is regarding the meaning of the word “equal” and the equality sign. Therefore, science does not know the thought content which is attached to its propositions; it does not know what it deals with; it is completely in the dark regarding their proper nature. Isn’t this scandalous?
From opening paragraph of 'Vorwort', Über die Zahlen des Herrn H. Schubert (1899), iii. ('Foreword', On the Numbers of Mr. H. Schubert). Translated by Theodore J. Benac in Friedrich Waismann, Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: The Formation of Concepts in Modern Mathematics (1959, 2003), 107. Webmaster added “[chalk]”.
Science quotes on:  |  Accept (191)  |  Agreement (53)  |  Arithmetic (136)  |  Assemblage (17)  |  Attach (56)  |  Attached (36)  |  Blackboard (11)  |  Calcium (7)  |  Calcium Carbonate (2)  |  Chalk (8)  |  Clarify (3)  |  Completely (135)  |  Compose (17)  |  Content (69)  |  Dark (140)  |  Deal (188)  |  Decide (41)  |  Definition (221)  |  Draw (137)  |  Entity (35)  |  Equal (83)  |  Equality (31)  |  Eternal (110)  |  Figure (160)  |  General (511)  |  Generation (242)  |  Information (166)  |  Know (1518)  |  Known (454)  |  Little (707)  |  Logic (287)  |  Man (2251)  |  Matter (798)  |  Meaning (233)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Number (699)  |  Physical (508)  |  Proper (144)  |  Proposition (123)  |  Psychology (154)  |  Scandal (5)  |  Science (3879)  |  Sign (58)  |  Something (719)  |  Speaking (119)  |  Still (613)  |  Structure (344)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thought (953)  |  Vanish (18)  |  Word (619)

Symmetry, as wide or as narrow as you may define its meaning, is one idea by which man through the ages has tried to comprehend and create order, beauty and perfection.
Symmetry (1952), 5.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Beauty (299)  |  Idea (843)  |  Man (2251)  |  Meaning (233)  |  Narrow (84)  |  Order (632)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Symmetry (43)  |  Through (849)  |  Wide (96)

Tactics used by many practitioners of pseudoscience: make a large number of vaguely scientific arguments in the hope of making the desired conclusion seem inevitable. It is essential to recognize that a disconnected assemblage of weak arguments does not create a single, strong scientific argument.
Co-author with Matt Ford, Chris Lee and Jonathan Gitlin, in 'Diluting the Scientific Method: Ars Looks at Homeopathy' (11 Sep 2007) on arstechnica.com web site.
Science quotes on:  |  Argument (138)  |  Assemblage (17)  |  Conclusion (254)  |  Desired (6)  |  Disconnect (3)  |  Essential (199)  |  Hope (299)  |  Inevitable (49)  |  Large (394)  |  Making (300)  |  Number (699)  |  Practitioner (20)  |  Pseudoscience (16)  |  Recognize (125)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Single (353)  |  Strong (174)  |  Tactic (7)  |  Vague (47)  |  Weak (71)

Talent deals with the actual, with discovered and realized truths, any analyzing, arranging, combining, applying positive knowledge, and, in action, looking to precedents. Genius deals with the possible, creates new combinations, discovers new laws, and acts from an insight into new principles.
In 'Genius', Wellman’s Miscellany (Dec 1871), 4, No. 6, 203.
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Action (327)  |  Actual (117)  |  Analysis (233)  |  Applying (3)  |  Arranging (3)  |  Combination (144)  |  Deal (188)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Genius (284)  |  Insight (102)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Law (894)  |  Looking (189)  |  New (1216)  |  Positive (94)  |  Possibility (164)  |  Possible (552)  |  Precedent (7)  |  Principle (507)  |  Realize (147)  |  Talent (94)  |  Truth (1057)

Talent repeats; genius creates.
In 'Genius', Wellman’s Miscellany (Dec 1871), 4, No. 6, 203.
Science quotes on:  |  Genius (284)  |  Repeat (42)  |  Talent (94)

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. Arouse his will to believe in himself, give him a great goal to believe in, and he will create the means to reach it.
Given with date 1 Jan 1960 in Brian M. Thomsen, The Dream That Will Not Die: Inspiring Words of John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy (2010), 79. Webmaster has not seen a primary document for this quote. Although it is widely circulated, the origin is usually never cited. If you know the primary source, please contact Webmaster.
Science quotes on:  |  American (46)  |  Arouse (12)  |  Belief (578)  |  Best (459)  |  Build (204)  |  Builder (12)  |  Call (769)  |  Creation (327)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Experimental (192)  |  Goal (145)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greatly (12)  |  Himself (461)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Optimism (14)  |  Reach (281)  |  Will (2355)

The attempt of the engineers and the doctors who have worked on the design of the capsule interior has been to give the impression, to create the fact, of roominess in a confined space.
Describing the Mercury capsule in Life (14 Sep 1959), 38.
Science quotes on:  |  Attempt (251)  |  Capsule (6)  |  Confined (3)  |  Design (195)  |  Doctor (187)  |  Engineer (121)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Impression (114)  |  Interior (32)  |  Space (500)  |  Work (1351)

The basis of the discovery is imagination, careful reasoning and experimentation where the use of knowledge created by those who came before is an important component.
Nobel Banquet speech (10 Dec 1982). In Wilhelm Odelberg (ed.), Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 1982 (1983)
Science quotes on:  |  Basis (173)  |  Care (186)  |  Component (48)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Importance (286)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Reasoning (207)  |  Use (766)

The birth of a volcanic island is an event marked by prolonged and violent travail; the forces of the earth striving to create, and all the forces of the sea opposing.
In The Sea Around Us (1951), 83.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Birth (147)  |  Earth (996)  |  Event (216)  |  Force (487)  |  Geology (220)  |  Island (46)  |  Marked (55)  |  Oppose (24)  |  Prolong (29)  |  Prolonged (6)  |  Sea (308)  |  Travail (5)  |  Violent (17)  |  Volcano (39)

The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity.
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 7
Science quotes on:  |  Eternity (63)  |  Parenthesis (2)  |  Small (477)  |  World (1774)

The existence of an extensive Science of Mathematics, requiring the highest scientific genius in those who contributed to its creation, and calling for the most continued and vigorous exertion of intellect in order to appreciate it when created, etc.
In System of Logic, Bk. 2, chap. 4, sect. 4.
Science quotes on:  |  Appreciate (63)  |  Call (769)  |  Continue (165)  |  Contribute (27)  |  Creation (327)  |  Exertion (15)  |  Existence (456)  |  Extensive (33)  |  Genius (284)  |  High (362)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Most (1731)  |  Order (632)  |  Require (219)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Vigorous (20)

The explosive component in the contemporary scene is not the clamor of the masses but the self-righteous claims of a multitude of graduates from schools and universities. This army of scribes is clamoring for a society in which planning, regulation, and supervision are paramount and the prerogative of the educated. They hanker for the scribe’s golden age, for a return to something like the scribe-dominated societies of ancient Egypt, China, and Europe of the Middle Ages. There is little doubt that the present trend in the new and renovated countries toward social regimentation stems partly from the need to create adequate employment for a large number of scribes. And since the tempo of the production of the literate is continually increasing, the prospect is of ever-swelling bureaucracies.
In 'Scribe, Writer, and Rebel', The Ordeal of Change (1963), 109.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Adequate (46)  |  Age (499)  |  Ancient (189)  |  Ancient Egypt (4)  |  Army (33)  |  Bureaucracy (5)  |  China (23)  |  Claim (146)  |  Clamor (7)  |  Clamoring (2)  |  Component (48)  |  Contemporary (30)  |  Continually (16)  |  Country (251)  |  Doubt (304)  |  Educate (13)  |  Egypt (29)  |  Employment (32)  |  Europe (43)  |  Explosive (23)  |  Golden (45)  |  Golden Age (10)  |  Graduate (29)  |  Increase (210)  |  Large (394)  |  Little (707)  |  Mass (157)  |  Middle Age (18)  |  Middle Ages (12)  |  Multitude (47)  |  Need (290)  |  New (1216)  |  Number (699)  |  Paramount (10)  |  Partly (5)  |  Plan (117)  |  Planning (20)  |  Prerogative (3)  |  Present (619)  |  Production (183)  |  Prospect (30)  |  Regimentation (2)  |  Regulation (24)  |  Renovate (3)  |  Return (124)  |  Scene (36)  |  School (219)  |  Scribe (3)  |  Self (267)  |  Self-Righteous (2)  |  Social (252)  |  Society (326)  |  Something (719)  |  Stem (31)  |  Supervision (4)  |  Tempo (3)  |  Toward (45)  |  Trend (22)  |  University (121)

The fact is that in creating towns, men create the materials for an immense hotbed of disease, and this effect can only be neutralised by extraordinary artificial precautions.
Anonymous
The Times (8 Oct 1868)
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (328)  |  Effect (393)  |  Epidemic (7)  |  Extraordinary (79)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Immense (86)  |  Material (353)

The familiar idea of a god who is omniscient: someone who knows everything … does not immediately ring alarm bells in our brains; it is plausible that such a being could exist. Yet, when it is probed more closely one can show that omniscience of this sort creates a logical paradox and must, by the standards of human reason, therefore be judged impossible or be qualified in some way. To see this consider this test statement:
This statement is not known to be true by anyone.
Now consider the plight of our hypothetical Omniscient Being (“Big O”). Suppose first that this statement is true and Big O does not know it. Then Big O would not be omniscient. So, instead, suppose our statement is false. This means that someone must know the statement to be true; hence it must be true. So regardless of whether we assume at the outset that this statement is true or false, we are forced to conclude that it must be true! And therefore, since the statement is true, nobody (including Big O) can know that it is true. This shows that there must always be true statements that no being can know to be true. Hence there cannot be an Omniscient Being who knows all truths. Nor, by the same argument, could we or our future successors, ever attain such a state of omniscience. All that can be known is all that can be known, not all that is true.
In Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits (1999), 11.
Science quotes on:  |  Alarm (18)  |  All (4108)  |  Argument (138)  |  Attain (125)  |  Being (1278)  |  Bell (35)  |  Brain (270)  |  Conclude (65)  |  Consider (416)  |  Everything (476)  |  Exist (443)  |  False (100)  |  First (1283)  |  Future (429)  |  God (757)  |  Human (1468)  |  Idea (843)  |  Immediately (114)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Known (454)  |  Logic (287)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nobody (104)  |  Omniscient (6)  |  Paradox (50)  |  Plausible (22)  |  Plight (4)  |  Qualified (12)  |  Reason (744)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  See (1081)  |  Show (346)  |  State (491)  |  Statement (142)  |  Successor (14)  |  Suppose (156)  |  Test (211)  |  True (212)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Way (1217)

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created-created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Activity (210)  |  Alternative (29)  |  Both (493)  |  Change (593)  |  Choice (110)  |  Destination (14)  |  Find (998)  |  First (1283)  |  Future (429)  |  Maker (34)  |  Making (300)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Next (236)  |  Offer (141)  |  Path (144)  |  Place (177)  |  Present (619)  |  Result (677)  |  Will (2355)

The genius of Leonardo da Vinci imagined a flying machine, but it took the methodical application of science by those two American bicycle mechanics to create it.
In Time/CBS News, 'The Wright Brothers, People of the Century (1999), 42.
Science quotes on:  |  American (46)  |  Application (242)  |  Bicycle (10)  |  Leonardo da Vinci (87)  |  Flying (72)  |  Flying Machine (13)  |  Genius (284)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Machine (257)  |  Mechanic (119)  |  Mechanics (131)  |  Methodical (8)  |  Science (3879)  |  Two (937)

The greater part of it, I shall show, is nonsense, tricked out with a variety of tedious metaphysical conceits, and its author can be excused of dishonesty only on the grounds that before deceiving others he has taken great pains to deceive himself. … it is the style that creates the illusion of content, and which is a cause as well as merely a symptom of Teilhard's alarming apocalyptic seizures.
Medawar’s acerbic book review of The Phenomenon of Man by Teilhard de Chardin first appeared as 'Critical Notice' in the journal Mind (1961), 70, No. 277, 99. The book review was reprinted in The Art of the Soluble: Creativity and Originality in Science (1967), 71. Medawar thus strongly contradicted other reviewers of the book, which he said was “widely held to be of the utmost profundity and significance; it created something like a sensation upon its publication in France, and some reviewers hereabouts called it the Book of the Year—one, the Book of the Century.”
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Alarming (4)  |  Author (167)  |  Cause (541)  |  Conceit (15)  |  Deceive (26)  |  Deceiving (5)  |  Dishonesty (9)  |  Excuse (25)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greater (288)  |  Ground (217)  |  Himself (461)  |  Illusion (66)  |  Merely (316)  |  Metaphysical (38)  |  Metaphysics (50)  |  Nonsense (48)  |  Other (2236)  |  Pain (136)  |  Show (346)  |  Symptom (34)  |  Tedious (14)  |  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (29)  |  Trick (35)  |  Variety (132)

The Himalayas are the crowning achievement of the Indo-Australian plate. India in the Oligocene crashed head on into Tibet, hit so hard that it not only folded and buckled the plate boundaries but also plowed into the newly created Tibetan plateau and drove the Himalayas five and a half miles into the sky. The mountains are in some trouble. India has not stopped pushing them, and they are still going up. Their height and volume are already so great they are beginning to melt in their own self-generated radioactive heat. When the climbers in 1953 planted their flags on the highest mountain, they set them in snow over the skeletons of creatures that had lived in a warm clear ocean that India, moving north, blanked out. Possibly as much as 20,000 feet below the sea floor, the skeletal remains had turned into rock. This one fact is a treatise in itself on the movements of the surface of the earth.
If by some fiat, I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence; this is the one I would choose: the summit of Mount Everest is marine limestone.
Annals of the Former World
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (179)  |  All (4108)  |  Already (222)  |  Begin (260)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Below (24)  |  Blank (11)  |  Boundary (51)  |  Buckle (4)  |  Choose (112)  |  Clear (100)  |  Climber (7)  |  Crash (9)  |  Creature (233)  |  Crown (38)  |  Drive (55)  |  Earth (996)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Fiat (6)  |  Five (16)  |  Flag (11)  |  Floor (20)  |  Fold (8)  |  Foot (60)  |  Great (1574)  |  Half (56)  |  Hard (243)  |  Head (81)  |  Heat (174)  |  Height (32)  |  High (362)  |  Himalayas (2)  |  Hit (20)  |  India (16)  |  Limestone (6)  |  Live (628)  |  Marine (9)  |  Melt (16)  |  Mile (39)  |  Mount (42)  |  Mount Everest (5)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Move (216)  |  Movement (155)  |  Newly (4)  |  North (11)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Plant (294)  |  Plate (6)  |  Plateau (6)  |  Plow (7)  |  Possibly (111)  |  Push (62)  |  Radioactive (22)  |  Remain (349)  |  Restrict (12)  |  Rock (161)  |  Sea (308)  |  Self (267)  |  Sentence (29)  |  Set (394)  |  Skeletal (2)  |  Skeleton (22)  |  Sky (161)  |  Snow (37)  |  Still (613)  |  Stop (80)  |  Summit (25)  |  Surface (209)  |  Surface Of The Earth (36)  |  Tibet (4)  |  Treatise (44)  |  Trouble (107)  |  Turn (447)  |  Volume (19)  |  Warm (69)  |  Write (230)  |  Writing (189)

The history of thermodynamics is a story of people and concepts. The cast of characters is large. At least ten scientists played major roles in creating thermodynamics, and their work spanned more than a century. The list of concepts, on the other hand, is surprisingly small; there are just three leading concepts in thermodynamics: energy, entropy, and absolute temperature.
In Great Physicists (2001), 93.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (145)  |  Cast (66)  |  Century (310)  |  Character (243)  |  Concept (221)  |  Energy (344)  |  Entropy (44)  |  History (673)  |  Large (394)  |  Leading (17)  |  Major (84)  |  More (2559)  |  Other (2236)  |  People (1005)  |  Role (86)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Small (477)  |  Span (5)  |  Story (118)  |  Temperature (79)  |  Thermodynamics (40)  |  Work (1351)

The human brain became large by natural selection (who knows why, but presumably for good cause). Yet surely most ‘things’ now done by our brains, and essential both to our cultures and to our very survival, are epiphenomena of the computing power of this machine, not genetically grounded Darwinian entities created specifically by natural selection for their current function.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Become (815)  |  Both (493)  |  Brain (270)  |  Cause (541)  |  Compute (18)  |  Culture (143)  |  Current (118)  |  Darwinian (9)  |  Entity (35)  |  Essential (199)  |  Function (228)  |  Genetically (2)  |  Good (889)  |  Ground (217)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Brain (4)  |  Know (1518)  |  Large (394)  |  Machine (257)  |  Most (1731)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural Selection (96)  |  Power (746)  |  Presumably (3)  |  Selection (128)  |  Surely (101)  |  Survival (94)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Why (491)

The human race has reached a turning point. Man has opened the secrets of nature and mastered new powers. If he uses them wisely, he can reach new heights of civilization. If he uses them foolishly, they may destroy him. Man must create the moral and legal framework for the world which will insure that his new powers are used for good and not for evil.
State of the Union Address (4 Jan 1950). In William J. Federer, A Treasury of Presidential Quotations (2004), 291.
Science quotes on:  |  Civilization (204)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Evil (116)  |  Framework (31)  |  Good (889)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Race (100)  |  Man (2251)  |  Master (178)  |  Moral (195)  |  Morality (52)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  New (1216)  |  Open (274)  |  Point (580)  |  Power (746)  |  Race (268)  |  Reach (281)  |  Secret (194)  |  Turning Point (8)  |  Use (766)  |  Will (2355)  |  World (1774)

The lightning fell and the storm raged, and strata were deposited and uptorn and bent back, and Chaos moved from beneath, to create and flavor the fruit on your table to-day.
In 'Perpetual Forces', North American Review (1877), No. 125. Collected in Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Elliot Cabot (ed.), Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883), 60.
Science quotes on:  |  Back (390)  |  Beneath (64)  |  Chaos (91)  |  Creation (327)  |  Deposit (12)  |  Flavor (7)  |  Fruit (102)  |  Lightning (45)  |  Storm (51)  |  Strata (35)  |  Table (104)

The major gift of science to the world is a mighty increase of power. Did science then create that power? Not a bit of it! Science discovered that power in the universe and set it free. Science found out the conditions, fulfilling which, the endless dynamic forces of the cosmos are liberated. Electricity is none of man’s making, but man has learned how to fulfill the conditions that release it. Atomic energy is a force that man did not create, but that some day man may liberate. Man by himself is still a puny animal; a gorilla is much the stronger. Man's significance lies in another realm—he knows how to fulfill conditions so that universal power not his own is set free. The whole universe as man now sees it is essentially a vast system of power waiting to be released.
In 'When Prayer Means Power', collected in Living Under Tension: Sermons On Christianity Today (1941), 78-79.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Animal (617)  |  Atomic Energy (24)  |  Condition (356)  |  Cosmos (63)  |  Discover (553)  |  Dynamic (14)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Endless (56)  |  Energy (344)  |  Essentially (14)  |  Force (487)  |  Free (232)  |  Fulfill (19)  |  Gift (104)  |  Gorilla (18)  |  Himself (461)  |  Increase (210)  |  Know (1518)  |  Learn (629)  |  Learned (235)  |  Liberate (10)  |  Liberated (2)  |  Lie (364)  |  Major (84)  |  Making (300)  |  Man (2251)  |  Power (746)  |  Puny (8)  |  Realm (85)  |  Release (27)  |  Science (3879)  |  See (1081)  |  Set (394)  |  Significance (113)  |  Still (613)  |  Stronger (36)  |  System (537)  |  Universal (189)  |  Universe (857)  |  Vast (177)  |  Waiting (43)  |  Whole (738)  |  World (1774)

The mind uses its faculty for creating only when experience forces it to do so.
From La Science et l’Hypothèse (1908), 43 as translated by George Bruce Halsted in Science and Hypothesis (1905), 25. From the original French, “L’esprit n’use de sa faculté créatrice que quand l’expérience lui en impose la nécessité”.
Science quotes on:  |  Do (1908)  |  Experience (467)  |  Faculty (72)  |  Force (487)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Use (766)

The modern airplane creates a new geographical dimension. A navigable ocean of air blankets the whole surface of the globe. There are no distant places any longer: the world is small and the world is one.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Air (347)  |  Airplane (41)  |  Blanket (10)  |  Dimension (61)  |  Distant (33)  |  Geographical (6)  |  Globe (47)  |  Long (790)  |  Modern (385)  |  New (1216)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Place (177)  |  Small (477)  |  Surface (209)  |  Whole (738)  |  World (1774)

The most wonderful mystery of life may well be the means by which it created so much diversity from so little physical matter. The biosphere, all organisms combined, makes up only about one part in ten billion of the earth's mass. … Yet life has divided into millions of species, the fundamental units, each playing a unique role in relation to the whole.
In 'The Most Fundamental Unit', The Diversity of Life (1992), 35.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Billion (95)  |  Biosphere (13)  |  Combine (57)  |  Diversity (73)  |  Divide (75)  |  Divided (50)  |  Earth (996)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Life (1795)  |  Little (707)  |  Mass (157)  |  Matter (798)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Million (114)  |  Most (1731)  |  Mystery (177)  |  Organism (220)  |  Physical (508)  |  Play (112)  |  Playing (42)  |  Relation (157)  |  Role (86)  |  Species (401)  |  Unique (67)  |  Unit (33)  |  Whole (738)  |  Wonderful (149)

The next great task of science is to create a religion for humanity.
Quoted in Julian Huxley, Essays of a Biologist (1928), 235.
Science quotes on:  |  Great (1574)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Next (236)  |  Religion (361)  |  Science (3879)  |  Task (147)

The philosophy that I have worked under most of my life is that the serious study of natural history is an activity which has far-reaching effects in every aspect of a person's life. It ultimately makes people protective of the environment in a very committed way. It is my opinion that the study of natural history should be the primary avenue for creating environmentalists.
As quoted in William V. Mealy, Peter Friederici and Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Value in American Wildlife Art: Proceedings of the 1992 Forum (1992), 3.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Activity (210)  |  Aspect (124)  |  Avenue (14)  |  Committed (2)  |  Effect (393)  |  Environment (216)  |  Environmentalist (5)  |  Far-Reaching (8)  |  History (673)  |  Life (1795)  |  Make (25)  |  Most (1731)  |  Natural (796)  |  Natural History (70)  |  Opinion (281)  |  People (1005)  |  Person (363)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Primary (80)  |  Protective (5)  |  Serious (91)  |  Study (653)  |  Ultimately (55)  |  Way (1217)  |  Work (1351)

The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done—men who are creative, inventive, and discovers. The second goal of education is to form minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything they are offered.
From remarks at a conference on cognitive development, Cornell University (1964). In Philip Hampson Taylor, New Directions in Curriculum Studies (1979), 90.
Science quotes on:  |  Accept (191)  |  Capable (168)  |  Creative (137)  |  Creativity (76)  |  Critical (66)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Doing (280)  |  Education (378)  |  Everything (476)  |  Form (959)  |  Generation (242)  |  Goal (145)  |  Innovation (42)  |  Invention (369)  |  Mind (1338)  |  New (1216)  |  Offer (141)  |  Other (2236)  |  Principal (63)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Verify (23)

The problem of values arises only when men try to fit together their need to be social animals with their need to be free men. There is no problem, and there are no values, until men want to do both. If an anarchist wants only freedom, whatever the cost, he will prefer the jungle of man at war with man. And if a tyrant wants only social order, he will create the totalitarian state.
Science and Human Values (1961), 63.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (617)  |  Arise (158)  |  Both (493)  |  Cost (86)  |  Do (1908)  |  Fit (134)  |  Free (232)  |  Freedom (129)  |  Jungle (22)  |  Man (2251)  |  Order (632)  |  Problem (676)  |  Social (252)  |  State (491)  |  Together (387)  |  Try (283)  |  Value (365)  |  Want (497)  |  War (225)  |  Whatever (234)  |  Will (2355)

The pure scientist discovers the universe. The applied scientist exploits existing scientific discoveries to create a usable product.
In Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein, The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World (2007), 181.
Science quotes on:  |  Applied (177)  |  Applied Science (34)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Existing (10)  |  Exploit (19)  |  Product (160)  |  Pure (291)  |  Pure Science (27)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Universe (857)

The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the State but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Alone (311)  |  Creative (137)  |  Dull (54)  |  Feel (367)  |  Feeling (250)  |  Herd (15)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Life (29)  |  Individual (404)  |  Life (1795)  |  Noble (90)  |  Pageant (3)  |  Personality (62)  |  Really (78)  |  Remain (349)  |  Seem (145)  |  Sentient (7)  |  State (491)  |  Sublime (46)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thought (953)  |  Value (365)

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one … I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two thirds of the people of the Earth would be killed.
In interview with Raymond Swing, 'Einstein on the Atomic Bomb' Atlantic Monthly, (Nov 1945), 176, No. 5, 43.
Science quotes on:  |  Atomic Bomb (111)  |  Atomic Energy (24)  |  Belief (578)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Do (1908)  |  Earth (996)  |  Energy (344)  |  Exist (443)  |  Fight (44)  |  Kill (100)  |  Merely (316)  |  More (2559)  |  Necessity (191)  |  New (1216)  |  People (1005)  |  Problem (676)  |  Release (27)  |  Solve (130)  |  Two (937)  |  Urgent (13)  |  War (225)  |  Will (2355)

The resources of the Deity cannot be so meagre, that, in order to create a human being endowed with reason, he must change a monkey into a man.
Methods of Study in Natural History (1863), Preface, iv.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Change (593)  |  Deity (22)  |  Endowed (52)  |  Evolution (590)  |  God (757)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Being (175)  |  Man (2251)  |  Monkey (52)  |  Must (1526)  |  Order (632)  |  Reason (744)

The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.
Quoted in Richard Saul Wurman, Information Anxiety 2 (2001), 240.
Science quotes on:  |  Condition (356)  |  Invention (369)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Role (86)  |  Teacher (143)

The scientist describes what is; the engineer creates what never was.
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society (1980), 26, 110. As cited in Alan L. Mackay, A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (1994), 138. (Also seen as “Scientists study/discover the world as it is, engineers create the world that never has been.”)
Science quotes on:  |  Describe (128)  |  Engineer (121)  |  Engineering (175)  |  Never (1087)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Engineering (16)  |  Scientist (820)

The scientist, by the very nature of his commitment, creates more and more questions, never fewer. Indeed the measure of our intellectual maturity, one philosopher suggests, is our capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better problems.
Becoming: Basic Considerations for a Psychology of Personality (1955), 67.
Science quotes on:  |  Answer (366)  |  Better (486)  |  Capacity (100)  |  Commitment (27)  |  Feel (367)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Maturity (14)  |  Measure (232)  |  More (2559)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Never (1087)  |  Philosopher (258)  |  Problem (676)  |  Question (621)  |  Satisfy (27)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Suggest (34)

The simple and plain fact is that the scientific method wins its success by ignoring parts of reality as given in experience; it is perfectly right to do this for its own purposes; but it must not be permitted by a kind of bluff to create the impression that what it ignores is non-existent.
In Nature, Man and God: Being the Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Glasgow in the Academical Years 1932-1933 and 1933-1934 (1934), 51.
Science quotes on:  |  Do (1908)  |  Exist (443)  |  Experience (467)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Ignore (45)  |  Ignoring (11)  |  Impression (114)  |  Kind (557)  |  Method (505)  |  Must (1526)  |  Permit (58)  |  Plain (33)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Reality (261)  |  Right (452)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientific Method (175)  |  Simple (406)  |  Success (302)  |  Win (52)

The soul seems to be a very tenuous substance … [and] seems to be made of a most subtle texture, extremely mobile or active corpuscles, not unlike those of flame or heat; indeed, whether they are spherical, as the authors of atoms propound, or pyramidical as Plato thought, or some other form, they seem from their own motion and penetration through bodies to create the heat which is in the animal.
As quoted in Margaret J. Osler and Paul Lawrence Farber (eds.), Religion, Science, and Worldview: Essays in Honor of Richard S. Westfall (2002), 169.
Science quotes on:  |  Active (76)  |  Anatomy (69)  |  Animal (617)  |  Atom (355)  |  Author (167)  |  Body (537)  |  Corpuscle (13)  |  Flame (40)  |  Form (959)  |  Heat (174)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Mobile (3)  |  Most (1731)  |  Motion (310)  |  Other (2236)  |  Penetration (18)  |  Plato (76)  |  Pyramid (9)  |  Soul (226)  |  Sphere (116)  |  Substance (248)  |  Subtle (35)  |  Tenuous (3)  |  Texture (7)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thought (953)  |  Through (849)

The sublime can only be found in the great subjects. Poetry, history and philosophy all have the same object, and a very great object—Man and Nature. Philosophy describes and depicts Nature. Poetry paints and embellishes it. It also paints men, it aggrandizes them, it exaggerates them, it creates heroes and gods. History only depicts man, and paints him such as he is.
'Discours Prononcé a L' Académie française par M. De Buffon. Le Jour de sa Reception 25 Aout 1753'. Supplement a T.iv (1753), Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi (1777), 11. Trans. Phillip R. Sloan.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Describe (128)  |  God (757)  |  Great (1574)  |  History (673)  |  Man (2251)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Object (422)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Subject (521)  |  Sublime (46)

The treatises [of Archimedes] are without exception, monuments of mathematical exposition; the gradual revelation of the plan of attack, the masterly ordering of the propositions, the stern elimination of everything not immediately relevant to the purpose, the finish of the whole, are so impressive in their perfection as to create a feeling akin to awe in the mind of the reader.
In A History of Greek Mathematics (1921), Vol. 1, 20.
Science quotes on:  |  Archimedes (55)  |  Attack (84)  |  Awe (43)  |  Elimination (25)  |  Everything (476)  |  Exception (73)  |  Exposition (15)  |  Feeling (250)  |  Finish (59)  |  Gradual (27)  |  Immediately (114)  |  Impressive (25)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Monument (45)  |  Order (632)  |  Perfection (129)  |  Plan (117)  |  Proposition (123)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Reader (40)  |  Relevant (5)  |  Revelation (48)  |  Treatise (44)  |  Whole (738)  |  Work (1351)

The true mathematician is always a good deal of an artist, an architect, yes, of a poet. Beyond the real world, though perceptibly connected with it, mathematicians have intellectually created an ideal world, which they attempt to develop into the most perfect of all worlds, and which is being explored in every direction. None has the faintest conception of this world, except he who knows it.
In Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker Vereinigung, 32, 381. As translated in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-Book (1914), 184.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Architect (29)  |  Artist (90)  |  Attempt (251)  |  Being (1278)  |  Beyond (308)  |  Conception (154)  |  Connect (125)  |  Deal (188)  |  Develop (268)  |  Direction (175)  |  Exploration (134)  |  Faint (9)  |  Good (889)  |  Ideal (99)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Know (1518)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics And Art (8)  |  Mathematics As A Fine Art (23)  |  Most (1731)  |  Perfect (216)  |  Poet (83)  |  Real World (14)  |  True (212)  |  World (1774)

The union of philosophical and mathematical productivity, which besides in Plato we find only in Pythagoras, Descartes and Leibnitz, has always yielded the choicest fruits to mathematics; To the first we owe scientific mathematics in general, Plato discovered the analytic method, by means of which mathematics was elevated above the view-point of the elements, Descartes created the analytical geometry, our own illustrious countryman discovered the infinitesimal calculus—and just these are the four greatest steps in the development of mathematics.
In Geschichte der Mathematik im Altertum und im Mittelalter (1874), 149-150. As translated in Robert Édouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-book (1914), 210. From the original German, “Die Verbindung philosophischer und mathematischer Productivität, wie wir sie ausser in Platon wohl nur noch in Pythagoras, Descartes, Leibnitz vorfinden, hat der Mathematik immer die schönsten Früchte gebracht: Ersterem verdanken wir die wissenschaftliche Mathematik überhaupt, Platon erfand die analytische Methode, durch welche sich die Mathematik über den Standpunct der Elemente erhob, Descartes schuf die analytische Geometrie, unser berühmter Landsmann den Infinitesimalcalcül—und eben daß sind die vier grössten Stufen in der Entwickelung der Mathematik.”
Science quotes on:  |  Analysis (233)  |  Analytic (10)  |  Calculus (65)  |  Countryman (4)  |  René Descartes (81)  |  Development (422)  |  Discover (553)  |  Element (310)  |  Elevate (12)  |  Find (998)  |  First (1283)  |  Fruit (102)  |  General (511)  |  Geometry (255)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Illustrious (10)  |  Infinitesimal (29)  |  Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (49)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Method (505)  |  Owe (71)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Plato (76)  |  Point (580)  |  Productivity (21)  |  Pythagoras (38)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Step (231)  |  Union (51)  |  View (488)  |  Viewpoint (12)  |  Yield (81)

The value of fundamental research does not lie only in the ideas it produces. There is more to it. It affects the whole intellectual life of a nation by determining its way of thinking and the standards by which actions and intellectual production are judged. If science is highly regarded and if the importance of being concerned with the most up-to-date problems of fundamental research is recognized, then a spiritual climate is created which influences the other activities. An atmosphere of creativity is established which penetrates every cultural frontier. Applied sciences and technology are forced to adjust themselves to the highest intellectual standards which are developed in the basic sciences. This influence works in many ways: some fundamental students go into industry; the techniques which are applied to meet the stringent requirements of fundamental research serve to create new technological methods. The style, the scale, and the level of scientific and technical work are determined in pure research; that is what attracts productive people and what brings scientists to those countries where science is at the highest level. Fundamental research sets the standards of modern scientific thought; it creates the intellectual climate in which our modern civilization flourishes. It pumps the lifeblood of idea and inventiveness not only into the technological laboratories and factories, but into every cultural activity of our time. The case for generous support for pure and fundamental science is as simple as that.
In 'Why Pure Science?' in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 1965.
Science quotes on:  |  Action (327)  |  Activity (210)  |  Adjust (8)  |  Applied (177)  |  Applied Science (34)  |  Atmosphere (103)  |  Basic (138)  |  Being (1278)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Climate (97)  |  Concern (228)  |  Country (251)  |  Creativity (76)  |  Cultural (25)  |  Develop (268)  |  Establish (57)  |  Factory (20)  |  Flourish (34)  |  Frontier (38)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Generous (17)  |  Idea (843)  |  Importance (286)  |  Industry (137)  |  Influence (222)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Inventive (8)  |  Inventiveness (7)  |  Judge (108)  |  Laboratory (196)  |  Lie (364)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lifeblood (4)  |  Method (505)  |  Methods (204)  |  Modern (385)  |  Modern Civilization (2)  |  More (2559)  |  Most (1731)  |  Nation (193)  |  New (1216)  |  Other (2236)  |  Penetrate (67)  |  People (1005)  |  Problem (676)  |  Production (183)  |  Productive (32)  |  Pump (7)  |  Pure (291)  |  Recognize (125)  |  Regard (305)  |  Requirement (63)  |  Research (664)  |  Scale (121)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientific Thought (17)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Serve (59)  |  Set (394)  |  Simple (406)  |  Spiritual (91)  |  Standard (57)  |  Stringent (2)  |  Student (300)  |  Support (147)  |  Technique (80)  |  Technological (61)  |  Technology (257)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)  |  Thought (953)  |  Time (1877)  |  Value (365)  |  Way (1217)  |  Whole (738)  |  Work (1351)

The violence in the world comes about because we human beings are forever creating barriers between men who are like us and men who are not like us.
From transcript of BBC radio Reith Lecture (12 Nov 1967), 'A Runaway World', on the bbc.co.uk website.
Science quotes on:  |  Barrier (32)  |  Being (1278)  |  Forever (103)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Being (175)  |  Human Beings (117)  |  Violence (34)  |  World (1774)

The whole question of imagination in science is often misunderstood by people in other disciplines. They try to test our imagination in the following way. They say, “Here is a picture of some people in a situation. What do you imagine will happen next?” When we say, “I can’t imagine,” they may think we have a weak imagination. They overlook the fact that whatever we are allowed to imagine in science must be consistent with everything else we know; that the electric fields and the waves we talk about are not just some happy thoughts which we are free to make as we wish, but ideas which must be consistent with all the laws of physics we know. We can’t allow ourselves to seriously imagine things which are obviously in contradiction to the laws of nature. And so our kind of imagination is quite a difficult game. One has to have the imagination to think of something that has never been seen before, never been heard of before. At the same time the thoughts are restricted in a strait jacket, so to speak, limited by the conditions that come from our knowledge of the way nature really is. The problem of creating something which is new, but which is consistent with everything which has been seen before, is one of extreme difficulty
In The Feynman Lectures in Physics (1964), Vol. 2, Lecture 20, p.20-10 to p.20-11.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Allow (45)  |  Condition (356)  |  Consistent (48)  |  Contradiction (68)  |  Difficult (246)  |  Difficulty (196)  |  Discipline (77)  |  Do (1908)  |  Electric (76)  |  Electric Field (3)  |  Everything (476)  |  Extreme (75)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Field (364)  |  Free (232)  |  Game (101)  |  Happen (274)  |  Happy (105)  |  Idea (843)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Kind (557)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Physics (3)  |  Limit (280)  |  Limited (101)  |  Misunderstand (4)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Never (1087)  |  New (1216)  |  Next (236)  |  Other (2236)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Overlook (31)  |  People (1005)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Picture (143)  |  Problem (676)  |  Question (621)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Situation (113)  |  Something (719)  |  Speak (232)  |  Test (211)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thought (953)  |  Time (1877)  |  Try (283)  |  Wave (107)  |  Way (1217)  |  Weak (71)  |  Whatever (234)  |  Whole (738)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wish (212)

The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities. If they are not there, science cannot create them. If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.
Address upon receiving National Book Award at reception, Hotel Commodore, New York (27 Jan 1952). As cited in Linda Lear, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature (1997), 219. She was referring to her book being recognized, The Sea Around Us.
Science quotes on:  |  Beauty (299)  |  Book (392)  |  Creating (7)  |  Deliberately (6)  |  Discover (553)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Leaving (10)  |  Majesty (21)  |  Motion (310)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Quality (135)  |  Science (3879)  |  Sea (308)  |  Tide (34)  |  Truthful (2)  |  Will (2355)  |  Wind (128)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Write (230)

The work of a pioneer in science of technique often consists of finding a correct solution, or creating a working mechanism, based on laws that are not yet discovered.
In The Story of the Winged-S: The Autobiography of Igor I. Sikorsky (2011).
Science quotes on:  |  Based (10)  |  Consist (223)  |  Correct (86)  |  Discover (553)  |  Find (998)  |  Law (894)  |  Mechanism (96)  |  Pioneer (33)  |  Science (3879)  |  Solution (267)  |  Technique (80)  |  Work (1351)

The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Airplane (41)  |  Become (815)  |  Bring (90)  |  Brother (43)  |  Cultural (25)  |  First (1283)  |  Force (487)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Idea (843)  |  Invention (369)  |  Language (293)  |  People (1005)  |  Single (353)  |  Together (387)  |  Value (365)  |  Wide (96)  |  World (1774)  |  World Wide Web (4)  |  Write (230)  |  Writing (189)

There are two avenues from the little passions and the drear calamities of earth; both lead to the heaven and away from hell—Art and Science. But art is more godlike than science; science discovers, art creates.
Spoken by fictional character Zanoni in novel, Zanoni (1842), 6.
Science quotes on:  |  Art (657)  |  Avenue (14)  |  Both (493)  |  Calamity (11)  |  Discover (553)  |  Earth (996)  |  Godlike (3)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Hell (32)  |  Lead (384)  |  Little (707)  |  More (2559)  |  Passion (114)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Art (184)  |  Two (937)

There is a genuine thirst for scientific knowledge in most homes. Satisfying that thirst will, I believe, create a friendly attitude toward science and scientists which will favor the cause of science in the future. Science needs an informed and friendly public to back it up.
[Stating the goals of his NBC TV show, Nature of Things, which first aired on 5 Feb 1948.]
'Televising Science'. Physics Today (Jan 1949), 2, 26. Quoted in Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette, Science on the Air (2008), 215.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (347)  |  Attitude (82)  |  Back (390)  |  Cause (541)  |  Favor (63)  |  First (1283)  |  Future (429)  |  Genuine (52)  |  Goal (145)  |  Home (170)  |  Inform (47)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Most (1731)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Nature Of Things (29)  |  Science (3879)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Show (346)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Will (2355)

There is no thing as a man who does not create mathematics and yet is a fine mathematics teacher. Textbooks, course material—these do not approach in importance the communication of what mathematics is really about, of where it is going, and of where it currently stands with respect to the specific branch of it being taught. What really matters is the communication of the spirit of mathematics. It is a spirit that is active rather than contemplative—a spirit of disciplined search for adventures of the intellect. Only as adventurer can really tell of adventures.
Reflections: Mathematics and Creativity', New Yorker (1972), 47, No. 53, 39-45. In Douglas M. Campbell, John C. Higgins (eds.), Mathematics: People, Problems, Results (1984), Vol. 2, 7.
Science quotes on:  |  Active (76)  |  Adventure (56)  |  Approach (108)  |  Being (1278)  |  Branch (150)  |  Communication (94)  |  Course (409)  |  Do (1908)  |  Importance (286)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Man (2251)  |  Material (353)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Matter (798)  |  Respect (207)  |  Search (162)  |  Specific (95)  |  Spirit (265)  |  Stand (274)  |  Teacher (143)  |  Tell (340)  |  Textbook (36)  |  Thing (1915)

There is something sublime in the secrecy in which the really great deeds of the mathematician are done. No popular applause follows the act; neither contemporary nor succeeding generations of the people understand it. The geometer must be tried by his peers, and those who truly deserve the title of geometer or analyst have usually been unable to find so many as twelve living peers to form a jury. Archimedes so far outstripped his competitors in the race, that more than a thousand years elapsed before any man appeared, able to sit in judgment on his work, and to say how far he had really gone. And in judging of those men whose names are worthy of being mentioned in connection with his,—Galileo, Descartes, Leibnitz, Newton, and the mathematicians created by Leibnitz and Newton’s calculus,—we are forced to depend upon their testimony of one another. They are too far above our reach for us to judge of them.
In 'Imagination in Mathematics', North American Review, 86, 223.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Act (272)  |  Analyst (8)  |  Appear (118)  |  Applause (9)  |  Archimedes (55)  |  Being (1278)  |  Calculus (65)  |  Competitor (4)  |  Connection (162)  |  Contemporary (30)  |  Deed (34)  |  Depend (228)  |  René Descartes (81)  |  Deserve (65)  |  Elapse (3)  |  Far (154)  |  Find (998)  |  Follow (378)  |  Force (487)  |  Form (959)  |  Galileo Galilei (122)  |  Generation (242)  |  Geometer (24)  |  Great (1574)  |  Judge (108)  |  Judgment (132)  |  Jury (3)  |  Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (49)  |  Live (628)  |  Living (491)  |  Man (2251)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mention (82)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Name (333)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Outstrip (3)  |  Peer (12)  |  People (1005)  |  Popular (29)  |  Race (268)  |  Reach (281)  |  Really (78)  |  Say (984)  |  Secrecy (2)  |  Sit (48)  |  Something (719)  |  Sublime (46)  |  Succeed (109)  |  Succeeding (14)  |  Testimony (21)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Title (18)  |  Truly (116)  |  Try (283)  |  Unable (24)  |  Understand (606)  |  Usually (176)  |  Work (1351)  |  Worthy (34)  |  Year (933)

This whole theory of electrostatics constitutes a group of abstract ideas and general propositions, formulated in the clear and precise language of geometry and algebra, and connected with one another by the rules of strict logic. This whole fully satisfies the reason of a French physicist and his taste for clarity, simplicity and order. The same does not hold for the Englishman. These abstract notions of material points, force, line of force, and equipotential surface do not satisfy his need to imagine concrete, material, visible, and tangible things. 'So long as we cling to this mode of representation,' says an English physicist, 'we cannot form a mental representation of the phenomena which are really happening.' It is to satisfy the need that he goes and creates a model.
The French or German physicist conceives, in the space separating two conductors, abstract lines of force having no thickness or real existence; the English physicist materializes these lines and thickens them to the dimensions of a tube which he will fill with vulcanised rubber. In place of a family of lines of ideal forces, conceivable only by reason, he will have a bundle of elastic strings, visible and tangible, firmly glued at both ends to the surfaces of the two conductors, and, when stretched, trying both to contact and to expand. When the two conductors approach each other, he sees the elastic strings drawing closer together; then he sees each of them bunch up and grow large. Such is the famous model of electrostatic action imagined by Faraday and admired as a work of genius by Maxwell and the whole English school.
The employment of similar mechanical models, recalling by certain more or less rough analogies the particular features of the theory being expounded, is a regular feature of the English treatises on physics. Here is a book* [by Oliver Lodge] intended to expound the modern theories of electricity and to expound a new theory. In it are nothing but strings which move around pulleys, which roll around drums, which go through pearl beads, which carry weights; and tubes which pump water while others swell and contract; toothed wheels which are geared to one another and engage hooks. We thought we were entering the tranquil and neatly ordered abode of reason, but we find ourselves in a factory.
*Footnote: O. Lodge, Les Théories Modernes (Modern Views on Electricity) (1889), 16.
The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory (1906), 2nd edition (1914), trans. Philip P. Wiener (1954), 70-1.
Science quotes on:  |  Abstract (124)  |  Action (327)  |  Algebra (113)  |  Approach (108)  |  Being (1278)  |  Book (392)  |  Both (493)  |  Carry (127)  |  Certain (550)  |  Clarity (47)  |  Closer (43)  |  Conceivable (28)  |  Conceive (98)  |  Concrete (51)  |  Conductor (16)  |  Connect (125)  |  Constitute (97)  |  Contact (65)  |  Dimension (61)  |  Do (1908)  |  Drawing (56)  |  Drum (8)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Electrostatic (7)  |  Electrostatics (6)  |  Employment (32)  |  End (590)  |  Engage (39)  |  Existence (456)  |  Expand (53)  |  Factory (20)  |  Family (94)  |  Find (998)  |  Force (487)  |  Form (959)  |  General (511)  |  Genius (284)  |  Geometry (255)  |  German (36)  |  Grow (238)  |  Happening (58)  |  Idea (843)  |  Ideal (99)  |  Imagine (164)  |  Language (293)  |  Large (394)  |  Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge (13)  |  Logic (287)  |  Long (790)  |  Material (353)  |  Materialize (2)  |  Maxwell (42)  |  James Clerk Maxwell (87)  |  Mechanical (140)  |  Mechanics (131)  |  Mental (177)  |  Model (102)  |  Modern (385)  |  More (2559)  |  More Or Less (68)  |  Move (216)  |  New (1216)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Notion (113)  |  Order (632)  |  Other (2236)  |  Ourselves (245)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physicist (259)  |  Physics (533)  |  Point (580)  |  Precise (68)  |  Proposition (123)  |  Reason (744)  |  Regular (46)  |  Representation (53)  |  Roll (40)  |  Rubber (9)  |  Rule (294)  |  Say (984)  |  School (219)  |  See (1081)  |  Simplicity (167)  |  Small (477)  |  Space (500)  |  Stretch (39)  |  Surface (209)  |  Tangible (15)  |  Taste (90)  |  Theory (970)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Thought (953)  |  Through (849)  |  Together (387)  |  Tooth (29)  |  Treatise (44)  |  Trying (144)  |  Two (937)  |  View (488)  |  Visible (84)  |  Water (481)  |  Weight (134)  |  Wheel (50)  |  Whole (738)  |  Will (2355)  |  Work (1351)

Three ways have been taken to account for it [racial differences]: either that they are the posterity of Ham, who was cursed; or that God at first created two kinds of men, one black and another white; or that by the heat of the sun the skin is scorched, and so gets the sooty hue. This matter has been much canvassed among naturalists, but has never been brought to any certain issue.
In James Boswell, London Journal, 1762-1763, as First Published in 1950 from the Original Manuscript (1956), 251.
Science quotes on:  |  Account (192)  |  Black (42)  |  Certain (550)  |  Color (137)  |  Curse (17)  |  Difference (337)  |  First (1283)  |  God (757)  |  Ham (2)  |  Heat (174)  |  Kind (557)  |  Matter (798)  |  Naturalist (70)  |  Never (1087)  |  Posterity (29)  |  Race (268)  |  Scorch (2)  |  Skin (47)  |  Soot (9)  |  Study (653)  |  Sun (385)  |  Two (937)  |  Way (1217)  |  White (127)

Through steady observation and a meaningful contact with the divined order of the world’s structure, arranged by God’s wisdom,–who would not be guided to admire the Builder who creates all!
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Admire (18)  |  All (4108)  |  Arrange (30)  |  Builder (12)  |  Contact (65)  |  Divine (112)  |  God (757)  |  Guide (97)  |  Meaningful (17)  |  Observation (555)  |  Order (632)  |  Steady (44)  |  Structure (344)  |  Through (849)  |  Wisdom (221)  |  World (1774)

Throughout his career, [Richard] Drew tried to create an environment where people were encouraged to follow their instincts. He was known at 3M as a consummate mentor, encouraging and helping to train many of the company’s young scientists, who went on to develop successful products of their own, paving the way for 3M’s culture of innovation.
Magazine
In Press Release (7 May 2007) on 3M Company website.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  3M Company (2)  |  Career (75)  |  Company (59)  |  Consummate (4)  |  Culture (143)  |  Develop (268)  |  Richard G. Drew (6)  |  Encourage (40)  |  Encouraging (12)  |  Environment (216)  |  Follow (378)  |  Innovation (42)  |  Instinct (88)  |  Known (454)  |  Mentor (3)  |  People (1005)  |  Product (160)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Successful (123)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Train (114)  |  Way (1217)  |  Young (227)

To create a human through genetic engineering that is more complex, more refined, more subtle, farther from animals, than the ones we have today.
The Genes of Hope. In Marc J. Madou, Fundamentals of Microfabrication: the Science of Miniaturization (2nd ed., 2002), 467.
Science quotes on:  |  Animal (617)  |  Complex (188)  |  Complexity (111)  |  Engineering (175)  |  Far (154)  |  Farther (51)  |  Genetic (108)  |  Genetic Engineering (15)  |  Human (1468)  |  More (2559)  |  Refine (8)  |  Subtle (35)  |  Through (849)  |  Today (314)

To create a little flower is the labour of ages.
In 'Proverbs', The Poems: With Specimens of the Prose Writings of William Blake (1885), 281.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Flower (106)  |  Labour (98)  |  Little (707)

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, are the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Allow (45)  |  Chance (239)  |  Dream (208)  |  Fulfill (19)  |  Give (202)  |  Gravy (2)  |  Labor (107)  |  Life (1795)  |  Lonely (24)  |  Meat (16)  |  Money (170)  |  Potato (10)  |  Sweat (15)

To solve a problem is to create new problems, new knowledge immediately reveals new areas of ignorance, and the need for new experiments. At least, in the field of fast reactions, the experiments do not take very long to perform.
From Nobel Lecture (11 Dec 1967), 'Flash Photolysis and Some of its Applications.' In Nobel Lectures: Chemistry 1963-1970 (1972), 261.
Science quotes on:  |  Do (1908)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Fast (45)  |  Field (364)  |  Ignorance (240)  |  Immediately (114)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Long (790)  |  New (1216)  |  Perform (121)  |  Performance (48)  |  Problem (676)  |  Reaction (104)  |  Reveal (148)  |  Solution (267)  |  Solve (130)

Using archaeological and anatomical science rather than artistic interpretation makes this the most accurate likeness ever created.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Accurate (86)  |  Anatomical (3)  |  Artistic (23)  |  Interpretation (85)  |  Likeness (18)  |  Most (1731)  |  Science (3879)

Vision, in my view, is the cause of the greatest benefit to us, inasmuch as none of the accounts now given concerning the Universe would ever have been given if men had not seen the stars or the sun or the heavens. But as it is, the vision of day and night and of months and circling years has created the art of number and has given us not only the notion of Time but also means of research into the nature of the Universe. From these we have procured Philosophy in all its range, than which no greater boon ever has come or will come, by divine bestowal, unto the race of mortals.
Plato
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Account (192)  |  All (4108)  |  Art (657)  |  Benefit (114)  |  Boon (7)  |  Cause (541)  |  Circle (110)  |  Concern (228)  |  Day And Night (3)  |  Divine (112)  |  Give (202)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greater (288)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Heavens (125)  |  Inasmuch (5)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (579)  |  Month (88)  |  Mortal (54)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Notion (113)  |  Number (699)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Procure (5)  |  Race (268)  |  Range (99)  |  Research (664)  |  See (1081)  |  Star (427)  |  Stars (304)  |  Sun (385)  |  Time (1877)  |  Universe (857)  |  Unto (8)  |  View (488)  |  Vision (123)  |  Will (2355)  |  Year (933)

Voluntary attention is … a habit, an imitation of natural attention, which … serves, at the same time, as its point of departure and point of support. … Attention … creates nothing; and if the brain be sterile, if the associations are poor, it will act its part in vain.
As translated in The Psychology of Attention (1890), 45 & 65. Also translated as, “Voluntary attention is a habit, an imitation of natural attention, which is its starting-point and its basis. … Attention creates nothing; and if the brain is barren, if the associations are meagre, it functions in vain”, in William W. Speer, Primary Arithmetic: First Year, for the Use of Teachers (1902), 2-3. By
Science quotes on:  |  Act (272)  |  Association (46)  |  Attention (190)  |  Basis (173)  |  Brain (270)  |  Habit (168)  |  Imitation (24)  |  In Vain (9)  |  Natural (796)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Part (222)  |  Point (580)  |  Poor (136)  |  Starting Point (14)  |  Sterile (21)  |  Support (147)  |  Time (1877)  |  Vain (83)  |  Voluntary (4)  |  Will (2355)

War can protect; it cannot create.
In "An Appeal to Sanity' (Mar 1939). Collected in Science and Philosophy (1948), 83.
Science quotes on:  |  Protect (58)  |  War (225)

We are concerned to understand the motivation for the development of pure mathematics, and it will not do simply to point to aesthetic qualities in the subject and leave it at that. It must be remembered that there is far more excitement to be had from creating something than from appreciating it after it has been created. Let there be no mistake about it, the fact that the mathematician is bound down by the rules of logic can no more prevent him from being creative than the properties of paint can prevent the artist. … We must remember that the mathematician not only finds the solutions to his problems, he creates the problems themselves.
In A Signpost to Mathematics (1951), 19. As quoted and cited in William L. Schaaf, 'Memorabilia Mathematica', The Mathematics Teacher (Mar 1957), 50, No. 3, 230. Note that this paper incorrectly attributes “A.H. Head”.
Science quotes on:  |  Aesthetic (46)  |  Appreciate (63)  |  Artist (90)  |  Being (1278)  |  Bound (119)  |  Concern (228)  |  Creative (137)  |  Development (422)  |  Do (1908)  |  Down (456)  |  Excitement (50)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Far (154)  |  Find (998)  |  Logic (287)  |  Mathematician (387)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mistake (169)  |  More (2559)  |  Motivation (27)  |  Must (1526)  |  Paint (22)  |  Point (580)  |  Prevent (94)  |  Problem (676)  |  Property (168)  |  Pure (291)  |  Pure Mathematics (67)  |  Quality (135)  |  Remember (179)  |  Rule (294)  |  Solution (267)  |  Solution. (53)  |  Something (719)  |  Subject (521)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Understand (606)  |  Will (2355)

We are not at the end of our progress but at the beginning. We have but reached the shores of a great unexplored continent. We cannot turn back. … It is man’s destiny to ponder on the riddle of existence and, as a by-product of his wonderment, to create a new life on this earth.
As quoted in book review, T.A. Boyd, 'Charles F. Kettering: Prophet of Progress', Science (30 Jan 1959), 255.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Back (390)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Continent (76)  |  Destiny (50)  |  Earth (996)  |  End (590)  |  Existence (456)  |  Great (1574)  |  Life (1795)  |  Man (2251)  |  New (1216)  |  Ponder (14)  |  Product (160)  |  Progress (465)  |  Reach (281)  |  Riddle (28)  |  Shore (24)  |  Turn (447)  |  Turn Back (2)  |  Unexplored (14)  |  Wonderment (2)

We can see that, the constant in the law of gravitation being fixed, there may be some upper limit to the amount of matter possible; as more and more matter is added in the distant parts, space curves round and ultimately closes; the process of adding more matter must stop, because there is no more space, and we can only return to the region already dealt with. But there seems nothing to prevent a defect of matter, leaving space unclosed. Some mechanism seems to be needed, whereby either gravitation creates matter, or all the matter in the universe conspires to define a law of gravitation.
In Space, Time and Gravitation: An Outline of the General Relativity Theory (1920, 1921), 163.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Already (222)  |  Amount (151)  |  Being (1278)  |  Constant (144)  |  Curve (49)  |  Defect (31)  |  Gravitation (70)  |  Law (894)  |  Law Of Gravitation (22)  |  Limit (280)  |  Matter (798)  |  Mechanism (96)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Possible (552)  |  Prevent (94)  |  Process (423)  |  Return (124)  |  See (1081)  |  Space (500)  |  Ultimately (55)  |  Universe (857)

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Kind (557)  |  Problem (676)  |  Same (157)  |  Solve (130)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)

We create our future, by well improving present opportunities: however few and small they be.
Quoted, without citation, in front matter to T. A. Edison Foundation, Lewis Howard Latimer: A Black Inventor: a Biography and Related Experiments You Can Do (1973). Also in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Alan Steinberg, Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement (1997), 219, cited only as from “an essay he wrote to inspire others.” If you know the primary source, please contact Webmaster.
Science quotes on:  |  Future (429)  |  Improvement (108)  |  Opportunity (87)  |  Present (619)  |  Small (477)

We live an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create the Declaration. Our Declaration created them. … If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it.
Address at a Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia (5 Jul 1926). In William J. Federer, A Treasury of Presidential Quotations (2004), 252.
Science quotes on:  |  Accumulation (50)  |  Age (499)  |  Declaration (10)  |  Declaration Of Independence (4)  |  Father (110)  |  Great (1574)  |  Heritage (20)  |  Live (628)  |  Maintain (105)  |  Material (353)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Must (1526)  |  Science (3879)  |  Technology (257)  |  Thing (1915)

We may conclude, that the flux and reflux of the ocean have produced all the mountains, valleys, and other inequalities on the surface of the earth; that currents of the sea have scooped out the valleys, elevated the hills, and bestowed on them their corresponding directions; that that same waters of the ocean, by transporting and depositing earth, &c., have given rise to the parallel strata; that the waters from the heavens gradually destroy the effects of the sea, by continually diminishing the height of the mountains, filling up the valleys, and choking the mouths of rivers; and, by reducing every thing to its former level, they will, in time, restore the earth to the sea, which, by its natural operations, will again create new continents, interspersed with mountains and valleys, every way similar to those we inhabit.
'Second Discours: Histoire et Théorie de la Terre', Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi (1749), Vol. I, 124; Natural History, General and Particular (1785), Vol. I, Irans. W. Smellie, 57-8.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Bestow (18)  |  Choking (3)  |  Conclude (65)  |  Continent (76)  |  Current (118)  |  Destroy (180)  |  Direction (175)  |  Earth (996)  |  Effect (393)  |  Flux (21)  |  Former (137)  |  Gradually (102)  |  Heaven (258)  |  Heavens (125)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Mouth (53)  |  Natural (796)  |  New (1216)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Operation (213)  |  Operations (107)  |  Other (2236)  |  Parallel (43)  |  Produced (187)  |  Rain (62)  |  Reflux (2)  |  Rise (166)  |  River (119)  |  Sea (308)  |  Strata (35)  |  Surface (209)  |  Surface Of The Earth (36)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Time (1877)  |  Valley (32)  |  Water (481)  |  Way (1217)  |  Will (2355)

We may discover resources on the moon or Mars that will boggle the imagination, that will test our limits to dream. And the fascination generated by further exploration will inspire our young people to study math, and science, and engineering and create a new generation of innovators and pioneers.
Speech, NASA Headquarters (14 Jan 2004). In Office of the Federal Register (U.S.) Staff (eds.), Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, George W. Bush (2007), 58-59.
Science quotes on:  |  Discover (553)  |  Dream (208)  |  Engineering (175)  |  Exploration (134)  |  Fascination (32)  |  Generation (242)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Inspire (52)  |  Limit (280)  |  Mars (44)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Moon (237)  |  New (1216)  |  People (1005)  |  Pioneer (33)  |  Resource (63)  |  Science (3879)  |  Study (653)  |  Test (211)  |  Will (2355)  |  Young (227)

We need science education to produce scientists, but we need it equally to create literacy in the public. Man has a fundamental urge to comprehend the world about him, and science gives today the only world picture which we can consider as valid. It gives an understanding of the inside of the atom and of the whole universe, or the peculiar properties of the chemical substances and of the manner in which genes duplicate in biology. An educated layman can, of course, not contribute to science, but can enjoy and participate in many scientific discoveries which as constantly made. Such participation was quite common in the 19th century, but has unhappily declined. Literacy in science will enrich a person’s life.
In Popular Mechanics (Sep 1961), 256
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  19th Century (33)  |  Atom (355)  |  Biology (216)  |  Century (310)  |  Chemical (292)  |  Common (436)  |  Consider (416)  |  Course (409)  |  Duplicate (8)  |  Education (378)  |  Enrich (24)  |  Equally (130)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Gene (98)  |  Layman (21)  |  Life (1795)  |  Literacy (10)  |  Man (2251)  |  Participation (15)  |  Peculiar (113)  |  Person (363)  |  Picture (143)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science Education (15)  |  Science Literacy (5)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Substance (248)  |  Today (314)  |  Understanding (513)  |  Universe (857)  |  Whole (738)  |  Will (2355)  |  World (1774)

We … came up with the notion that not all web pages are created equal. People are, but not web pages.
Guest Lecture, UC Berkeley, 'Search Engines, Technology, and Business' (3 Oct 2005). At 7:43 in the YouTube video.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Equal (83)  |  Notion (113)  |  People (1005)  |  Person (363)  |  Web Page (2)

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
From 'Designing Organizations for an Information-Rich World', quoted in Martin Greenberger, Computers, Communication, and the Public Interest (1971), 40-41.
Science quotes on:  |  Allocation (2)  |  Attention (190)  |  Consumption (14)  |  Efficiency (44)  |  Information (166)  |  Obvious (126)  |  Poverty (37)  |  Recipient (3)  |  Source (93)  |  Wealth (94)

What magnetism is, no-one knows. We can only think of it as a peculiar condition created in space by the motion of electricity. (1925)
As quoted by Stephen T. Keith and Pierre Quédec, in 'Magnetism and Magnetic Materials', an article collected in Out of the Crystal Maze: Chapters from The History of Solid State Physics (1992), 360.
Science quotes on:  |  Condition (356)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Know (1518)  |  Magnetism (41)  |  Motion (310)  |  No-One (2)  |  Peculiar (113)  |  Space (500)  |  Think (1086)

When a conjecture inspires new hopes or creates new fears, action is indicated. There is an important asymmetry between hope, which leads to actions that will test its basis, and fear, which leads to restriction of options frequently restricting testing of the basis for the fear. As we know only too well, many of our hopes do not survive their tests. However, fears accumulate untested. Our inventory of untested fears has always made humanity disastrously vulnerable to thought control. While science was independent of politics, its greatest triumph was the reduction of that vulnerability.
Dartmouth College (1994)
Science quotes on:  |  Accumulate (26)  |  Action (327)  |  Asymmetry (6)  |  Basis (173)  |  Conjecture (49)  |  Control (167)  |  Do (1908)  |  Fear (197)  |  Frequently (21)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Hope (299)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Important (209)  |  Independent (67)  |  Indicate (61)  |  Inspire (52)  |  Inventory (7)  |  Know (1518)  |  Lead (384)  |  New (1216)  |  Option (9)  |  Politics (112)  |  Reduction (51)  |  Restrict (12)  |  Restriction (11)  |  Science (3879)  |  Survive (79)  |  Test (211)  |  Thought (953)  |  Triumph (73)  |  Vulnerability (5)  |  Vulnerable (5)  |  Will (2355)

When Allah created his creatures Fie wrote above His throne: “Verily, my Compassion overcomes my wrath
Quran
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 143
Science quotes on:  |  Allah (2)  |  Compassion (11)  |  Creature (233)  |  Overcome (39)  |  Throne (7)  |  Wrath (3)  |  Write (230)

When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Everything (476)  |  God (757)  |  Read (287)  |  Reflect (32)  |  Seem (145)  |  Superfluous (21)  |  Universe (857)

When intersected by a plane, the sphere displays in this section the circle, the genuine image of the created mind, placed in command of the body which it is appointed to rule; and this circle is to the sphere as the human mind is to the Mind Divine.
As quoted in Wolfgang Pauli, 'The Influence of Archetypal Ideas on the Scientific Theories of Kepler', as translated and collected in Writings on Physics and Philosophy (1994), 225. With Latin from Harmonia Mundi, Liber IV, Caput 1, collected in Christian Frisch (ed.), Opera Omnia (1864), Vol. 5, 223: “ plano vero sectum sphaericum circulum sectione repraesentat, mentis creatae, quae corpori regendo sit praefecta, genuinam imaginem, quae in ea proportione sit ad sphaericum, ut est mens humana ad divinam,”
Science quotes on:  |  Appoint (3)  |  Body (537)  |  Circle (110)  |  Command (58)  |  Display (56)  |  Divine (112)  |  Genuine (52)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Mind (128)  |  Image (96)  |  Intersect (5)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Place (177)  |  Plane (20)  |  Rule (294)  |  Section (11)  |  Sphere (116)

When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Do (1908)  |  Genius (284)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Work (1351)

When the ability to have movement across social class becomes virtually impossible, I think it is the beginning of the end of a country. And because education is so critical to success in this country, if we don't figure out a way to create greater mobility across social class, I do think it will be the beginning of the end.
In a segment from PBS TV program, Newshour (9 Sep 2013).
Science quotes on:  |  Ability (152)  |  Become (815)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Class (164)  |  Country (251)  |  Critical (66)  |  Do (1908)  |  Education (378)  |  End (590)  |  Figure (160)  |  Greater (288)  |  Impossibility (61)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Mobility (11)  |  Movement (155)  |  Social (252)  |  Success (302)  |  Think (1086)  |  U.S.A. (6)  |  Way (1217)  |  Will (2355)

When the history of our galaxy is written, and for all any of us know it may already have been, if Earth gets mentioned at all it won’t be because its inhabitants visited their own moon. That first step, like a newborn’s cry, would be automatically assumed. What would be worth recording is what kind of civilization we earthlings created and whether or not we ventured out to other parts of the galaxy.
…...
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  Already (222)  |  Assume (38)  |  Automatically (5)  |  Civilization (204)  |  Cry (29)  |  Earth (996)  |  First (1283)  |  Galaxy (51)  |  History (673)  |  Inhabitant (49)  |  Kind (557)  |  Know (1518)  |  Mention (82)  |  Moon (237)  |  Newborn (5)  |  Other (2236)  |  Part (222)  |  Record (154)  |  Recording (13)  |  Step (231)  |  Venture (18)  |  Visit (26)  |  Worth (169)  |  Write (230)

When we survey our lives and endeavours we soon observe that almost the whole of our actions and desires are bound up with the existence of other human beings. We see that our whole nature resembles that of the social animals. We eat food that others have grown, wear clothes that others have made, live in houses that others have built. The greater part of our knowledge and beliefs has been communicated to us by other people through the medium of a language which others have created. Without language our mental capacities would be poor indeed, comparable to those of the higher animals; we have, therefore, to admit that we owe our principal advantage over the beasts to the fact of living in human society. The individual, if left alone from birth would remain primitive and beast-like in his thoughts and feelings to a degree that we can hardly conceive. The individual is what he is and has the significance that he has not so much in virtue of his individuality, but rather as a member of a great human society, which directs his material and spiritual existence from the cradle to the grave.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Action (327)  |  Admit (45)  |  Advantage (134)  |  Alone (311)  |  Animal (617)  |  Beast (55)  |  Beast-Like (2)  |  Being (1278)  |  Belief (578)  |  Bind (25)  |  Birth (147)  |  Bound (119)  |  Build (204)  |  Capacity (100)  |  Clothes (9)  |  Communicate (36)  |  Comparable (6)  |  Conceive (98)  |  Cradle (19)  |  Degree (276)  |  Desire (204)  |  Direct (225)  |  Eat (104)  |  Endeavor (67)  |  Endeavour (63)  |  Existence (456)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Feeling (250)  |  Feelings (52)  |  Food (199)  |  Grave (52)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greater (288)  |  Grow (238)  |  Hardly (19)  |  High (362)  |  House (140)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Being (175)  |  Human Beings (117)  |  Human Society (13)  |  Indeed (324)  |  Individual (404)  |  Individuality (22)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Language (293)  |  Leave (130)  |  Live (628)  |  Living (491)  |  Material (353)  |  Medium (12)  |  Member (41)  |  Mental (177)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Observe (168)  |  Other (2236)  |  Owe (71)  |  Part (222)  |  People (1005)  |  Poor (136)  |  Primitive (75)  |  Principal (63)  |  Remain (349)  |  Resemble (63)  |  See (1081)  |  Significance (113)  |  Social (252)  |  Society (326)  |  Soon (186)  |  Spiritual (91)  |  Survey (33)  |  Thought (953)  |  Through (849)  |  Virtue (109)  |  Wear (18)  |  Whole (738)

When you, my dear Father, see them, you will understand; at present I can say nothing except this: that out of nothing I have created a strange new universe. All that I have sent you previously is like a house of cards in comparison with a tower.
Referring to his creation of a non-euclidean geometry, in a letter (3 Nov 1823) to his father, Farkas Bolyai (in Hungarian). Quoted, as a translation, in Marvin J. Greenberg, Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries: Development and History (1993), 163
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Comparison (102)  |  Father (110)  |  House (140)  |  New (1216)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Present (619)  |  Say (984)  |  See (1081)  |  Strange (157)  |  Tower (42)  |  Understand (606)  |  Universe (857)  |  Will (2355)

While knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
In Asimov's New Guide to Science (1984), 15.
Science quotes on:  |  Ignorance (240)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Problem (676)  |  Solution (267)  |  Solve (130)  |  Through (849)

You can always create a fraction by putting one variable upstairs and another variable downstairs, but that soes not establish any causal relationship between them, nor does the resulting quotient have any necessary relationship to anything in the real world.
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 103.
Science quotes on:  |  Downstairs (3)  |  Fraction (13)  |  Necessary (363)  |  Relationship (104)  |  Statistics (155)  |  Variable (34)  |  World (1774)

You know we’re constantly taking. We don’t make most of the food we eat, we don’t grow it, anyway. We wear clothes other people make, we speak a language other people developed, we use a mathematics other people evolved and spent their lives building. I mean we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful ecstatic feeling to create something and put it into the pool of human experience and knowledge.
Expressing the driving force behind his passion. Interview with Rolling Stone writer, Steven Levy (late Nov 1983). As quoted in Nick Bilton, 'The 30-Year-Old Macintosh and a Lost Conversation With Steve Jobs' (24 Jan 2014), on New York Times blog web page. Levy appended a transcript of the interview to an updated Kindle version of his book, Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Building (156)  |  Clothes (9)  |  Constantly (27)  |  Creating (7)  |  Develop (268)  |  Eat (104)  |  Ecstatic (3)  |  Experience (467)  |  Feeling (250)  |  Food (199)  |  Grow (238)  |  Growing (98)  |  Human (1468)  |  Know (1518)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Language (293)  |  Live (628)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mean (809)  |  Most (1731)  |  Other (2236)  |  People (1005)  |  Pool (15)  |  Something (719)  |  Speak (232)  |  Spent (85)  |  Taking (9)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Use (766)  |  Wearing (2)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Wonderful (149)

Your true inventor has a yen to invent, just as a painter or musician is impelled to create something in his art. I began wanting to invent when I was in short pants. At the age of eight—and that was forty years ago—I invented a rock-thrower. Later I found that the Romans had done a much better job some two thousand years before me.
Anonymous
Attributed to an unnamed “holder of many patents,” as quoted by Stacy V. Jones, in You Ought to Patent That (1962), 21.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Art (657)  |  Better (486)  |  Creation (327)  |  Impelled (2)  |  Inventor (71)  |  Job (82)  |  Musician (21)  |  Painter (29)  |  Rock (161)  |  Roman (36)  |  Short (197)  |  Something (719)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Throwing (17)  |  Two (937)  |  Year (933)

[Comte] may truly be said to have created the philosophy of higher mathematics.
In System of Logic (1846), 369.
Science quotes on:  |  Auguste Comte (21)  |  Higher Mathematics (6)  |  Mathematicians and Anecdotes (141)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Philosophy (380)  |  Say (984)  |  Truly (116)

[First use of the term science fiction:] We hope it will not be long before we may have other works of Science-Fiction [like Richard Henry Horne's The Poor Artist], as we believe such books likely to fulfil a good purpose, and create an interest, where, unhappily, science alone might fail.
[Thomas] Campbell says, that “Fiction in Poetry is not the reverse of truth, but her soft and enchanting resemblance.” Now this applies especially to Science-Fiction, in which the revealed truths of Science may be given interwoven with a pleasing story which may itself be poetical and true—thus circulating a knowledge of Poetry of Science, clothed in a garb of the Poetry of life.
In A Little Earnest Book Upon a Great Old Subject (1851), 137.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Alone (311)  |  Artist (90)  |  Book (392)  |  Fail (185)  |  First (1283)  |  Garb (6)  |  Good (889)  |  Hope (299)  |  Interest (386)  |  Interwoven (10)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Life (1795)  |  Long (790)  |  Other (2236)  |  Poem (96)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Poor (136)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Resemblance (38)  |  Reveal (148)  |  Revealed (60)  |  Reverse (33)  |  Say (984)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science Fiction (31)  |  Soft (29)  |  Story (118)  |  Term (349)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Use (766)  |  Will (2355)  |  Work (1351)

[Haunted by the statistic that the best predictor of SAT scores is family income:] Where you were born, into what family you are born, what their resources are, are to a large extent are going to determine the quality of education you receive, beginning in preschool and moving all the way up through college.
And what this is going to create in America is a different kind of aristocracy that's going to be self-perpetuating, unless we find ways to break that juggernaut.
... I think what that really reflects is the fact that resources, and not wealth necessarily, but just good middle-class resources, can buy quality of experience for children.
In a segment from PBS TV program, Newshour (9 Sep 2013).
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  All (4108)  |  America (127)  |  Aristocracy (6)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Best (459)  |  Break (99)  |  Buy (20)  |  Child (307)  |  Children (200)  |  Class (164)  |  College (66)  |  Determine (144)  |  Different (577)  |  Education (378)  |  Experience (467)  |  Extent (139)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Family (94)  |  Find (998)  |  Good (889)  |  Income (17)  |  Kind (557)  |  Large (394)  |  Middle-Class (2)  |  Necessarily (135)  |  Quality (135)  |  Receive (114)  |  Resource (63)  |  Score (8)  |  Self (267)  |  Statistics (155)  |  Think (1086)  |  Through (849)  |  Way (1217)  |  Wealth (94)

[Mathematics] is an independent world
Created out of pure intelligence.
In The Prelude, Book 6, lines 186-187. [Preceding lines refer to “laws of Nature” and “a treatise of geometry.” Wordsworth did not use the word “mathematics”, which is added parenthetically to give context to the quote.]
Science quotes on:  |  Independent (67)  |  Intelligence (211)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Pure (291)  |  World (1774)

[Werhner von Braun] is a human leader whose eyes and thoughts have always been turned toward the stars. It would be foolish to assign rocketry success to one person totally. Components must necessarily be the work of many minds; so must successive stages of development. But because Wernher von Braun joins technical ability, passionate optimism, immense experience and uncanny organizing ability in the elusive power to create a team, he is the greatest human element behind today’s rocketry success
Quoted in 'Reach For The Stars', Time (17 Feb 1958), 71, 25.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Ability (152)  |  Behind (137)  |  Wernher von Braun (29)  |  Component (48)  |  Development (422)  |  Element (310)  |  Elusive (8)  |  Experience (467)  |  Eye (419)  |  Foolish (40)  |  Greatest (328)  |  Human (1468)  |  Immense (86)  |  Leader (43)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Must (1526)  |  Necessarily (135)  |  Optimism (14)  |  Organize (29)  |  Passionate (22)  |  Person (363)  |  Power (746)  |  Rocket (43)  |  Stage (143)  |  Star (427)  |  Stars (304)  |  Success (302)  |  Successive (73)  |  Team (15)  |  Technical (43)  |  Thought (953)  |  Today (314)  |  Turn (447)  |  Uncanny (5)  |  Work (1351)

~~[Reinterpretation]~~ The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Yet another of the Einstein-like quotes in common circulation for which there appears to be no known source in the given wording. There are also a number of variations on the the theme. It resembles an authentic quote, “A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels,” from a longer discussion, in 'Atomic Education Urged by Einstein', New York Times (25 May 1946), 13. Other reinterpretations, not in exactly Einstein’s wording, include: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” “The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.” “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” “The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” For more context, see the authentic quote that begins, “Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived…,” on the Albert Einstein Quotes page on this website.
Science quotes on:  |  Face (212)  |  Level (67)  |  Problem (676)  |  Same (157)  |  Significant (74)  |  Solve (130)  |  Think (1086)  |  Thinking (414)

‘Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 245
Science quotes on:  |  Afraid (21)  |  Belief (578)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Help (105)  |  Life (1795)  |  Live (628)  |  Living (491)  |  Will (2355)  |  Worth (169)


Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
Quotations by:Albert EinsteinIsaac NewtonLord KelvinCharles DarwinSrinivasa RamanujanCarl SaganFlorence NightingaleThomas EdisonAristotleMarie CurieBenjamin FranklinWinston ChurchillGalileo GalileiSigmund FreudRobert BunsenLouis PasteurTheodore RooseveltAbraham LincolnRonald ReaganLeonardo DaVinciMichio KakuKarl PopperJohann GoetheRobert OppenheimerCharles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about:Atomic  BombBiologyChemistryDeforestationEngineeringAnatomyAstronomyBacteriaBiochemistryBotanyConservationDinosaurEnvironmentFractalGeneticsGeologyHistory of ScienceInventionJupiterKnowledgeLoveMathematicsMeasurementMedicineNatural ResourceOrganic ChemistryPhysicsPhysicianQuantum TheoryResearchScience and ArtTeacherTechnologyUniverseVolcanoVirusWind PowerWomen ScientistsX-RaysYouthZoology  ... (more topics)
Sitewide search within all Today In Science History pages:
Visit our Science and Scientist Quotations index for more Science Quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists, pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

Names index: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Categories index: | 1 | 2 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

- 100 -
Sophie Germain
Gertrude Elion
Ernest Rutherford
James Chadwick
Marcel Proust
William Harvey
Johann Goethe
John Keynes
Carl Gauss
Paul Feyerabend
- 90 -
Antoine Lavoisier
Lise Meitner
Charles Babbage
Ibn Khaldun
Euclid
Ralph Emerson
Robert Bunsen
Frederick Banting
Andre Ampere
Winston Churchill
- 80 -
John Locke
Bronislaw Malinowski
Bible
Thomas Huxley
Alessandro Volta
Erwin Schrodinger
Wilhelm Roentgen
Louis Pasteur
Bertrand Russell
Jean Lamarck
- 70 -
Samuel Morse
John Wheeler
Nicolaus Copernicus
Robert Fulton
Pierre Laplace
Humphry Davy
Thomas Edison
Lord Kelvin
Theodore Roosevelt
Carolus Linnaeus
- 60 -
Francis Galton
Linus Pauling
Immanuel Kant
Martin Fischer
Robert Boyle
Karl Popper
Paul Dirac
Avicenna
James Watson
William Shakespeare
- 50 -
Stephen Hawking
Niels Bohr
Nikola Tesla
Rachel Carson
Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
- 40 -
Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
Johannes Kepler
Gustave Eiffel
Giordano Bruno
JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
Archimedes
David Hume
- 30 -
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
Charles Kettering
- 20 -
Carl Sagan
James Maxwell
Marie Curie
Rene Descartes
Francis Crick
Hippocrates
Michael Faraday
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Francis Bacon
Galileo Galilei
- 10 -
Aristotle
John Watson
Rosalind Franklin
Michio Kaku
Isaac Asimov
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Albert Einstein
Florence Nightingale
Isaac Newton



who invites your feedback
Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.