Celebrating 20 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “Genius is two percent inspiration, ninety-eight percent perspiration.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index H > Category: Hover

Hover Quotes (8 quotes)

A grove of giant redwoods or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great or beautiful cathedral. The extermination of the passenger pigeon meant that mankind was just so much poorer; exactly as in the case of the destruction of the cathedral at Rheims. And to lose the chance to see frigate-birds soaring in circles above the storm, or a file of pelicans winging their way homeward across the crimson afterglow of the sunset, or a myriad terns flashing in the bright light of midday as they hover in a shifting maze above the beach—why, the loss is like the loss of a gallery of the masterpieces of the artists of old time.
In A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open (1916), 316-317.
Science quotes on:  |  Artist (90)  |  Beach (21)  |  Beautiful (259)  |  Bird (150)  |  Bright (79)  |  Cathedral (27)  |  Chance (239)  |  Circle (110)  |  Conservation (168)  |  Destruction (125)  |  Extermination (14)  |  Extinction (74)  |  Flash (49)  |  Gallery (7)  |  Giant (68)  |  Great (1575)  |  Grove (5)  |  Hovering (5)  |  Light (609)  |  Lose (159)  |  Loss (110)  |  Mankind (340)  |  Masterpiece (9)  |  Maze (10)  |  Midday (4)  |  Myriad (31)  |  Old (480)  |  Pigeon (8)  |  Poor (136)  |  Redwood (8)  |  See (1082)  |  Sequoia (4)  |  Shift (44)  |  Soaring (9)  |  Storm (51)  |  Sunset (26)  |  Tern (2)  |  Time (1877)  |  Tree (246)  |  Way (1216)  |  Why (491)

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height, spots a man down below and asks,“Excuse me, can you help me? I promised to return the balloon to its owner, but I don’t know where I am.”
The man below says: “You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 350 feet above mean sea level and 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees north latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees west longitude.”
“You must be an engineer,” says the balloonist.
“I am,” replies the man.“How did you know?”
“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost.”
The man below says, “You must be a manager.”
“I am,” replies the balloonist,“but how did you know?”
“Well,” says the engineer,“you don’t know where you are, or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem.The fact is you are in the exact same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault.”
Anonymous
In Jon Fripp, Michael Fripp and Deborah Fripp, Speaking of Science (2000), 199.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (349)  |  Ask (411)  |  Balloon (15)  |  Correct (87)  |  Degree (275)  |  Down (455)  |  Engineer (123)  |  Everything (476)  |  Excuse (25)  |  Expect (201)  |  Fact (1212)  |  Fault (55)  |  Field (365)  |  Fly (146)  |  Flying (72)  |  Help (106)  |  Hot (60)  |  Hovering (5)  |  Idea (845)  |  Information (166)  |  Joke (84)  |  Know (1519)  |  Latitude (4)  |  Longitude (6)  |  Lost (34)  |  Man (2249)  |  Manager (6)  |  Mean (809)  |  Must (1526)  |  Problem (679)  |  Promise (68)  |  Realize (147)  |  Reduce (95)  |  Return (125)  |  Say (984)  |  Sea (309)  |  Sea Level (5)  |  Solve (130)  |  Somehow (48)  |  Still (613)

A number of years ago, when I was a freshly-appointed instructor, I met, for the first time, a certain eminent historian of science. At the time I could only regard him with tolerant condescension.
I was sorry of the man who, it seemed to me, was forced to hover about the edges of science. He was compelled to shiver endlessly in the outskirts, getting only feeble warmth from the distant sun of science- in-progress; while I, just beginning my research, was bathed in the heady liquid heat up at the very center of the glow.
In a lifetime of being wrong at many a point, I was never more wrong. It was I, not he, who was wandering in the periphery. It was he, not I, who lived in the blaze.
I had fallen victim to the fallacy of the “growing edge;” the belief that only the very frontier of scientific advance counted; that everything that had been left behind by that advance was faded and dead.
But is that true? Because a tree in spring buds and comes greenly into leaf, are those leaves therefore the tree? If the newborn twigs and their leaves were all that existed, they would form a vague halo of green suspended in mid-air, but surely that is not the tree. The leaves, by themselves, are no more than trivial fluttering decoration. It is the trunk and limbs that give the tree its grandeur and the leaves themselves their meaning.
There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before. “If I have seen further than other men,” said Isaac Newton, “it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”
Adding A Dimension: Seventeen Essays on the History of Science (1964), Introduction.
Science quotes on:  |  Advance (280)  |  Air (349)  |  All (4107)  |  Arise (158)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Behind (137)  |  Being (1278)  |  Belief (578)  |  Certain (550)  |  Condescension (3)  |  Count (105)  |  Discovery (785)  |  Edge (47)  |  Everything (476)  |  Exist (444)  |  Fad (10)  |  Fallacy (31)  |  First (1284)  |  Form (960)  |  Frontier (38)  |  Giant (68)  |  Grandeur (31)  |  Green (63)  |  Growing (98)  |  Halo (7)  |  Heat (174)  |  Historian (55)  |  History Of Science (64)  |  Insight (102)  |  Leaf (66)  |  Liquid (50)  |  Man (2249)  |  Meaning (235)  |  Mid-Air (3)  |  More (2559)  |  Never (1087)  |  Newborn (5)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (335)  |  Number (701)  |  Other (2236)  |  Point (580)  |  Progress (468)  |  Regard (304)  |  Research (677)  |  Revolutionary (31)  |  Science (3880)  |  Scientific (940)  |  Shoulder (33)  |  Sorry (30)  |  Sparkling (7)  |  Spring (133)  |  Sun (387)  |  Surely (101)  |  Themselves (433)  |  Time (1877)  |  Tree (246)  |  Trivial (57)  |  Trunk (21)  |  Twig (14)  |  Vague (47)  |  Victim (35)  |  Warmth (21)  |  Wrong (234)  |  Year (932)

Have you ever plunged into the immensity of space and time by reading the geological treatises of Cuvier? Borne away on the wings of his genius, have you hovered over the illimitable abyss of the past as if a magician’s hand were holding you aloft?
From 'La Peau de Chagrin' (1831). As translated by Herbert J. Hunt in The Wild Ass’s Skin (1977), 40-41.
Science quotes on:  |  Abyss (29)  |  Aloft (5)  |  Baron Georges Cuvier (30)  |  Genius (285)  |  Geological (11)  |  Immensity (30)  |  Limitless (12)  |  Magician (14)  |  Past (337)  |  Plunge (11)  |  Read (288)  |  Reading (133)  |  Space (501)  |  Space And Time (36)  |  Time (1877)  |  Treatise (44)  |  Wing (76)

Have you ever plunged into the immensity of time and space by reading the geological tracts of Cuvier? Transported by his genius, have you hovered over the limitless abyss of the past, as if held aloft by a magician’s hand?
From 'La Peau de Chagrin' (1831). As translated as by Helen Constantine The Wild Ass’s Skin (2012), 19.
Science quotes on:  |  Abyss (29)  |  Aloft (5)  |  Baron Georges Cuvier (30)  |  Genius (285)  |  Geological (11)  |  Hand (143)  |  Hold (95)  |  Immensity (30)  |  Limitless (12)  |  Magician (14)  |  Past (337)  |  Plunge (11)  |  Read (288)  |  Reading (133)  |  Space (501)  |  Time (1877)  |  Time And Space (39)  |  Tract (5)  |  Transport (30)

In the expressions we adopt to prescribe physical phenomena we necessarily hover between two extremes. We either have to choose a word which implies more than we can prove, or we have to use vague and general terms which hide the essential point, instead of bringing it out. The history of electrical theories furnishes a good example.
Opening Address to the Annual Meeting of the British Association by Prof. Arthur Schuster, in Nature (4 Aug 1892), 46, 325.
Science quotes on:  |  Choice (110)  |  Choose (113)  |  Electrical (57)  |  Electricity (160)  |  Essential (200)  |  Example (94)  |  Expression (176)  |  Extreme (75)  |  Furnish (96)  |  General (511)  |  Generality (45)  |  Good (889)  |  Hide (69)  |  Hiding (12)  |  History (675)  |  Implication (23)  |  More (2559)  |  Necessarily (135)  |  Nomenclature (146)  |  Phenomenon (319)  |  Physical (508)  |  Point (580)  |  Proof (289)  |  Prove (252)  |  Term (349)  |  Terms (184)  |  Theory (972)  |  Two (937)  |  Use (766)  |  Vague (47)  |  Vagueness (15)  |  Word (622)

May every young scientist remember … and not fail to keep his eyes open for the possibility that an irritating failure of his apparatus to give consistent results may once or twice in a lifetime conceal an important discovery.
Commenting on the discovery of thoron gas because one of Rutherford’s students had found his measurements of the ionizing property of thorium were variable. His results even seemed to relate to whether the laboratory door was closed or open. After considering the problem, Rutherford realized a radioactive gas was emitted by thorium, which hovered close to the metal sample, adding to its radioactivity—unless it was dissipated by air drafts from an open door. (Thoron was later found to be argon.)
In Barbara Lovett Cline, Men Who Made a New Physics (1987), 21.
Science quotes on:  |  Air (349)  |  Apparatus (68)  |  Argon (3)  |  Closed (38)  |  Consistency (31)  |  Consistent (48)  |  Discovery (785)  |  Door (93)  |  Experiment (696)  |  Eye (423)  |  Fail (185)  |  Failure (161)  |  Gas (83)  |  Laboratory (197)  |  Measurement (174)  |  Metal (84)  |  Open (274)  |  Possibility (164)  |  Problem (679)  |  Property (169)  |  Radioactive (22)  |  Radioactivity (30)  |  Remember (179)  |  Result (678)  |  Sample (19)  |  Scientist (825)  |  Student (301)  |  Thorium (5)  |  Variable (34)  |  Young (228)

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things
you have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung
high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
where never lark, or even eagle flew
and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Air (349)  |  Blue (57)  |  Bond (45)  |  Burn (87)  |  Burning (48)  |  Chase (14)  |  Climb (35)  |  Cloud (104)  |  Craft (10)  |  Dance (32)  |  Delirious (2)  |  Dream (209)  |  Eager (15)  |  Eagle (19)  |  Earth (998)  |  Easy (204)  |  Face (212)  |  Fling (5)  |  Fly (146)  |  God (758)  |  Grace (31)  |  Hall (5)  |  Hand (143)  |  Height (33)  |  High (363)  |  Hovering (5)  |  Hundred (228)  |  Join (26)  |  Lark (2)  |  Laughter (31)  |  Lift (55)  |  Long (789)  |  Mind (1339)  |  Never (1087)  |  Sanctity (4)  |  Shout (25)  |  Silence (56)  |  Silent (29)  |  Silver (47)  |  Sky (163)  |  Slip (5)  |  Soar (23)  |  Space (501)  |  Sun (387)  |  Sunlit (2)  |  Sunward (2)  |  Swing (11)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Through (849)  |  Top (96)  |  Touch (142)  |  Tread (17)  |  Tumble (2)  |  Tumbling (2)  |  Wheel (50)  |  Wind (128)  |  Wing (76)


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


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