Celebrating 18 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index G > Category: Glance

Glance Quotes (15 quotes)

Le premier regard de l’homme jeté sur l’univers n’y découvre que variété, diversité, multiplicité des phénomènes. Que ce regard soit illuminé par la science,—par la science qui rapproche l’homme de Dieu,—et la simplicité et l’unité brillent de toutes parts.
Man’s first glance at the universe discovers only variety, diversity, multiplicity of phenomena. Let that glance be illuminated by science—by the science which brings man closer to God,—and simplicity and unity shine on all sides.
Original French quoted in René Vallery-Radot, La Vie de Pasteur (1901), 209. Translation by Google translate, tweaked by Webmaster. The English version of the book, omits this passage, except for “Science, which brings man nearer to God.” In The Life of Pasteur (1902), Vol. 1, 194.
Science quotes on:  |  Closer (8)  |  Discover (157)  |  Diversity (49)  |  First (249)  |  God (493)  |  Illuminate (20)  |  Multiplicity (6)  |  Phenomenon (246)  |  Shine (41)  |  Simplicity (136)  |  Unity (47)  |  Universe (646)  |  Variety (59)

A practical botanist will distinguish, at the first glance, the plant of different quarters of the globe, and yet will be at a loss to tell by what mark he detects them. There is, I know not what look—sinister, dry, obscure, in African plants; superb and elevated in the Asiatic; smooth and cheerful in the American; stunted and indurated in the Alpine.
Quoted in William Whewell, History of the Inductive Sciences (1847), Vol. 3, 355-356, citing ‘Philosophia Botanica’ (1751), 171.
Science quotes on:  |  Botanist (17)  |  Detection (12)  |  Difference (226)  |  Distinguishing (14)  |  First (249)  |  Globe (45)  |  Loss (70)  |  Mark (36)  |  Plant (188)  |  Practical (104)  |  Quarter (5)  |  Recognition (67)

But of all environments, that produced by man’s complex technology is perhaps the most unstable and rickety. In its present form, our society is not two centuries old, and a few nuclear bombs will do it in.
To be sure, evolution works over long periods of time and two centuries is far from sufficient to breed Homo technikos… .
The destruction of our technological society in a fit of nuclear peevishness would become disastrous even if there were many millions of immediate survivors.
The environment toward which they were fitted would be gone, and Darwin’s demon would wipe them out remorselessly and without a backward glance.
Asimov on Physics (1976), 151. Also in Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations (1988), 181.
Science quotes on:  |  Atomic Bomb (107)  |  Backward (7)  |  Breed (21)  |  Century (113)  |  Complex (87)  |  Charles Darwin (292)  |  Demon (7)  |  Destruction (84)  |  Disaster (40)  |  Environment (157)  |  Evolution (517)  |  Fit (39)  |  Remorse (2)  |  Rickety (2)  |  Society (205)  |  Survivor (2)  |  Technology (213)  |  Unstable (8)

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
Second verse of poem, 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', In Poems: Including Lyrical Ballads: In two Volumes (1815), Vol. 1, 328.
Science quotes on:  |  Bay (5)  |  Continuous (31)  |  Dance (24)  |  Head (66)  |  Line (72)  |  Margin (6)  |  Milky Way (23)  |  Never-Ending (3)  |  See (339)  |  Shine (41)  |  Star (319)  |  Stretched (2)  |  Thousand (131)  |  Toss (4)  |  Twinkle (5)

Da Vinci was as great a mechanic and inventor as were Newton and his friends. Yet a glance at his notebooks shows us that what fascinated him about nature was its variety, its infinite adaptability, the fitness and the individuality of all its parts. By contrast what made astronomy a pleasure to Newton was its unity, its singleness, its model of a nature in which the diversified parts were mere disguises for the same blank atoms.
From The Common Sense of Science (1951), 25.
Science quotes on:  |  Adaptability (5)  |  Astronomy (187)  |  Atom (270)  |  Blank (11)  |  Contrast (24)  |  Leonardo da Vinci (76)  |  Disguise (8)  |  Diversified (3)  |  Fascinated (2)  |  Fitness (9)  |  Friend (80)  |  Individuality (12)  |  Infinite (110)  |  Inventor (53)  |  Mechanic (15)  |  Model (70)  |  Nature (1134)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (285)  |  Notebook (4)  |  Part (175)  |  Pleasure (119)  |  Singleness (2)  |  Unity (47)  |  Variety (59)

How quickly do we grow accustomed to wonders. I am reminded of the Isaac Asimov story “Nightfall,” about the planet where the stars were visible only once in a thousand years. So awesome was the sight that it drove men mad. We who can see the stars every night glance up casually at the cosmos and then quickly down again, searching for a Dairy Queen.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Accustomed (11)  |  Isaac Asimov (198)  |  Awesome (11)  |  Casually (2)  |  Cosmos (47)  |  Dairy (2)  |  Down (77)  |  Drive (51)  |  Grow (83)  |  Mad (22)  |  Night (109)  |  Planet (248)  |  Queen (11)  |  Quickly (15)  |  Remind (11)  |  Search (100)  |  See (339)  |  Sight (44)  |  Star (319)  |  Story (66)  |  Thousand (131)  |  Visible (28)  |  Wonder (162)  |  Year (252)

I acquired such skill in reading Latin and Greek that I could take a page of either, and distinguish which language it was by merely glancing at it.
Quoted, without source, in Des MacHale, Wit (1999, 2003), 31.
Science quotes on:  |  Acquire (28)  |  Distinguish (41)  |  Greek (55)  |  Language (185)  |  Latin (26)  |  Merely (60)  |  Page (21)  |  Read (116)  |  Skill (58)

In many cases a dull proof can be supplemented by a geometric analogue so simple and beautiful that the truth of a theorem is almost seen at a glance.
In 'Mathematical Games', Scientific American (Oct 1973), 229, 114.
Science quotes on:  |  Analogue (6)  |  Beautiful (127)  |  Dull (29)  |  Geometric (3)  |  Proof (215)  |  Simple (135)  |  Supplement (5)  |  Theorem (63)  |  Truth (837)

In the 1920s, there was a dinner at which the physicist Robert W. Wood was asked to respond to a toast … “To physics and metaphysics.” Now by metaphysics was meant something like philosophy—truths that you could get to just by thinking about them. Wood took a second, glanced about him, and answered along these lines: The physicist has an idea, he said. The more he thinks it through, the more sense it makes to him. He goes to the scientific literature, and the more he reads, the more promising the idea seems. Thus prepared, he devises an experiment to test the idea. The experiment is painstaking. Many possibilities are eliminated or taken into account; the accuracy of the measurement is refined. At the end of all this work, the experiment is completed and … the idea is shown to be worthless. The physicist then discards the idea, frees his mind (as I was saying a moment ago) from the clutter of error, and moves on to something else. The difference between physics and metaphysics, Wood concluded, is that the metaphysicist has no laboratory.
In 'Wonder and Skepticism', Skeptical Enquirer (Jan-Feb 1995), 19, No. 1.
Science quotes on:  |  Account (57)  |  Accuracy (56)  |  Answer (229)  |  Clutter (4)  |  Completion (17)  |  Conclusion (134)  |  Devising (7)  |  Difference (226)  |  Dinner (13)  |  Discarding (2)  |  Elimination (17)  |  End (180)  |  Error (255)  |  Experiment (574)  |  Freeing (2)  |  Idea (502)  |  Literature (71)  |  Measurement (155)  |  Metaphysics (32)  |  Mind (642)  |  Philosophy (229)  |  Physicist (148)  |  Physics (320)  |  Possibility (108)  |  Preparation (36)  |  Promise (31)  |  Reading (52)  |  Refinement (13)  |  Response (27)  |  Seeming (9)  |  Sense (279)  |  Test (112)  |  Thinking (226)  |  Toast (7)  |  Truth (837)  |  Robert W. Wood (2)  |  Work (549)  |  Worthless (18)

It is the object of science to replace, or save, experiences, by the reproduction and anticipation of facts in thought. Memory is handier than experience, and often answers the same purpose. This economical office of science, which fills its whole life, is apparent at first glance; and with its full recognition all mysticism in science disappears.
In 'The Economy of Science', The Science of Mechanics: A Critical and Historical Exposition of Its Principles (1893), 4.
Science quotes on:  |  Answer (229)  |  Anticipation (12)  |  Apparent (32)  |  Disappear (26)  |  Economical (8)  |  Experience (309)  |  Fact (663)  |  Fill (48)  |  First (249)  |  Handy (2)  |  Life (1053)  |  Memory (92)  |  Mysticism (9)  |  Object (137)  |  Office (18)  |  Often (90)  |  Purpose (163)  |  Recognition (67)  |  Replace (24)  |  Reproduction (61)  |  Save (51)  |  Science (1856)  |  Thought (439)  |  Whole (146)

The object of geometry in all its measuring and computing, is to ascertain with exactness the plan of the great Geometer, to penetrate the veil of material forms, and disclose the thoughts which lie beneath them? When our researches are successful, and when a generous and heaven-eyed inspiration has elevated us above humanity, and raised us triumphantly into the very presence, as it were, of the divine intellect, how instantly and entirely are human pride and vanity repressed, and, by a single glance at the glories of the infinite mind, are we humbled to the dust.
From 'Mathematical Investigation of the Fractions Which Occur in Phyllotaxis', Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1850), 2, 447, as quoted by R. C. Archibald in 'Benjamin Peirce: V. Biographical Sketch', The American Mathematical Monthly (Jan 1925), 32, No. 1, 12.
Science quotes on:  |  Ascertain (9)  |  Beneath (14)  |  Compute (10)  |  Disclose (7)  |  Divine (55)  |  Dust (47)  |  Elevated (3)  |  Entirely (27)  |  Exactness (18)  |  Form (245)  |  Generous (12)  |  Geometer (7)  |  Geometry (150)  |  Heaven (138)  |  Human (501)  |  Humanity (118)  |  Infinite (110)  |  Inspiration (54)  |  Instantly (4)  |  Intellect (177)  |  Material (138)  |  Measuring (2)  |  Mind (642)  |  Object (137)  |  Penetrate (26)  |  Plan (77)  |  Presence (30)  |  Pride (57)  |  Research (557)  |  Single (97)  |  Successful (33)  |  Thought (439)  |  Vanity (19)  |  Veil (15)

The world of ideas which it [mathematics] discloses or illuminates, the contemplation of divine beauty and order which it induces, the harmonious connexion of its parts, the infinite hierarchy and absolute evidence of the truths with which it is concerned, these, and such like, are the surest grounds of the title of mathematics to human regard, and would remain unimpeached and unimpaired were the plan of the universe unrolled like a map at our feet, and the mind of man qualified to take in the whole scheme of creation at a glance.
In Presidential Address to British Association (19 Aug 1869), 'A Plea for the Mathematician', published in Nature (6 Jan 1870), 1, 262.
Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (82)  |  Beauty (220)  |  Concern (91)  |  Connection (92)  |  Contemplation (42)  |  Creation (229)  |  Disclose (7)  |  Divine (55)  |  Evidence (167)  |  Foot (53)  |  Ground (75)  |  Harmonious (8)  |  Hierarchy (12)  |  Human (501)  |  Idea (502)  |  Illuminate (20)  |  Induce (9)  |  Infinite (110)  |  Map (26)  |  Mathematics (827)  |  Mind Of Man (5)  |  Order (196)  |  Part (175)  |  Plan (77)  |  Qualify (3)  |  Regard (72)  |  Remain (91)  |  Scheme (23)  |  Title (13)  |  Truth (837)  |  Universe (646)  |  Whole (146)  |  World (820)

Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, because they want to comprehend at a glance and are not used to seeking for first principles. Those, on the other hand, who are accustomed to reason from first principles do not understand matters of feeling at all, because they look for first principles and are unable to comprehend at a glance.
In Pensées (1670), Section 7, No. 33. As translated in W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms (1966), 351. Also translated as “Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, for they would understand at first sight, and are not used to seek for principles. And others, on the contrary, who are accustomed to reason from principles, do not at all understand matters of feeling, seeking principles, and being unable to see at a glance,” in Blaise Pascal and W.F. Trotter (trans.), 'Thoughts', No. 3, collected in Charles W. Eliot (ed.), The Harvard Classics (1910), Vol. 48, 9. From the original French, “Ceux qui sont accoutumés à juger par le sentiment ne comprennent rien aux choses de raisonnement, car ils veulent d’abord pénétrer d’une vue et ne sont point accoutumés à chercher les principes. Et les autres, au contraire, qui sont accoutumés à raisonner par principes, ne comprennent rien aux choses de sentiment, y cherchant des principes et ne pouvant voir d’une vue,” in Ernest Havet (ed.), Pensées de Pascal (1892), 224.
Science quotes on:  |  Accustomed (11)  |  Comprehend (27)  |  Feel (143)  |  First (249)  |  Judge (54)  |  Matter (305)  |  On The Other Hand (21)  |  Principle (247)  |  Process (231)  |  Reason (378)  |  Seek (89)  |  Unable (17)  |  Understand (273)  |  Want (158)

Who of us would not be glad to lift the veil behind which the future lies hidden; to cast a glance at the next advances of our science and at the secrets of its development during future centuries? What particular goals will there be toward which the leading mathematical spirits of coming generations will strive? What new methods and new facts in the wide and rich field of mathematical thought will the new centuries disclose?
Opening of Lecture (1900), 'Mathematische Probleme' (Mathematical Problems), to the International Congress of Mathematicians, Paris. From the original German reprinted in David Hilbert: Gesammelte Abhandlungen (Collected Treatises, 1970), Vol. 3. For full citation, see the quote that begins, “This conviction of the solvability…”, on the David Hilbert Quotes page on this website.
Science quotes on:  |  Advance (138)  |  Behind (34)  |  Cast (20)  |  Century (113)  |  Development (242)  |  Future (268)  |  Glad (5)  |  Goal (95)  |  Hide (43)  |  Lead (133)  |  Lie (102)  |  Lift (24)  |  Next (30)  |  Particular (62)  |  Science (1856)  |  Secret (117)  |  Toward (37)  |  Veil (15)

Women decide the larger questions of life correctly and quickly, not because they are lucky guessers, not because they practise a magic inherited from savagery, but simply and solely because they have sense. They see at a glance what most men could not see with searchlights and telescopes.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Correctly (3)  |  Decide (34)  |  Inherit (14)  |  Large (105)  |  Life (1053)  |  Lucky (9)  |  Magic (74)  |  Practise (6)  |  Question (362)  |  Quickly (15)  |  Searchlight (4)  |  See (339)  |  Sense (279)  |  Simply (44)  |  Solely (7)  |  Telescope (81)  |  Woman (102)


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.