Informative Quotes (2 quotes)
History shows that the human animal has always learned but progress used to be very slow. This was because learning often depended on the chance coming together of a potentially informative event on the one hand and a perceptive observer on the other. Scientific method accelerated that process.
I am particularly fond of (Emmanuel Mendes da Costas) Natural History of Fossils because treatise, more than any other work written in English, records a short episode expressing one of the grand false starts in the history of natural scienceand nothing can be quite so informative and instructive as a juicy mistake.