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

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index O > Category: Old World

Old World Quotes (8 quotes)

By considering the embryological structure of man - the homologies which he presents with the lower animals - the rudiments which he retains - and the reversions to which he is liable, we can partly recall in imagination the former condition of our early progenitors; and we can approximately place them in their proper position in the zoological series. We thus learnt that man is descended from a hairy quadruped, furnished with a tail and pointed ears, probably arboreal in its habit, and an inhabitant of the Old World. This creature, if its whole structure had been examined by a naturalist, would have been classed among the Quadrumana, as surely as would be the common and still more ancient progenitor of the Old and New World monkeys.
The Descent of Man (1871), Vol. 2, 389.
Science quotes on:  |  Ancient (189)  |  Animal (617)  |  Arboreal (8)  |  Class (164)  |  Common (436)  |  Condition (356)  |  Creature (233)  |  Descend (47)  |  Ear (68)  |  Early (185)  |  Embryology (17)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Former (137)  |  Furnish (96)  |  Habit (168)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Inhabitant (49)  |  Man (2251)  |  Monkey (52)  |  More (2559)  |  Naturalist (70)  |  New (1216)  |  Old (481)  |  Point (580)  |  Present (619)  |  Progenitor (5)  |  Proper (144)  |  Retain (56)  |  Rudiment (6)  |  Series (149)  |  Still (613)  |  Structure (344)  |  Surely (101)  |  Whole (738)  |  World (1774)

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Follow (378)  |  Leave (130)  |  Light (607)  |  Old (481)  |  Sun (385)  |  World (1774)

If the resident zoologist of Galaxy X had visited the earth 5 million years ago while making his inventory of inhabited planets in the universe, he would surely have corrected his earlier report that apes showed more promise than Old World monkeys and noted that monkeys had overcome an original disadvantage to gain domination among primates. (He will confirm this statement after his visit next year–but also add a footnote that one species from the ape bush has enjoyed an unusual and unexpected flowering, thus demanding closer monitoring.)
…...
Science quotes on:  |  Add (40)  |  Ape (53)  |  Bush (9)  |  Close (69)  |  Closer (43)  |  Confirm (57)  |  Correct (86)  |  Demand (123)  |  Disadvantage (10)  |  Domination (12)  |  Early (185)  |  Earth (996)  |  Enjoy (40)  |  Flower (106)  |  Footnote (5)  |  Gain (145)  |  Galaxy (51)  |  Inhabit (16)  |  Inventory (7)  |  Making (300)  |  Million (114)  |  Monitor (7)  |  Monkey (52)  |  More (2559)  |  Next (236)  |  Note (34)  |  Old (481)  |  Original (58)  |  Overcome (39)  |  Planet (356)  |  Primate (11)  |  Promise (67)  |  Report (38)  |  Show (346)  |  Species (401)  |  Statement (142)  |  Surely (101)  |  Unexpected (52)  |  Universe (857)  |  Unusual (37)  |  Visit (26)  |  Will (2355)  |  World (1774)  |  X (2)  |  Year (933)  |  Zoologist (12)

It is safe to say that the little pamphlet which was left to find its way through the slow mails to the English scientist outweighed in importance and interest for the human race all the press dispatches which have been flashed under the channel since the delivery of the address—March 24. The rapid growth of the Continental capitals, the movements of princely noodles and fat, vulgar Duchesses, the debates in the Servian Skupschina, and the progress or receding of sundry royal gouts are given to the wings of lightning; a lumbering mail-coach is swift enough for the news of one of the great scientific discoveries of the age. Similarly, the gifted gentlemen who daily sift out for the American public the pith and kernel of the Old World's news; leave Dr. KOCH and his bacilli to chance it in the ocean mails, while they challenge the admiration of every gambler and jockey in this Republic by the fullness and accuracy of their cable reports of horse-races.
New York Times (3 May 1882). Quoted in Thomas D. Brock, Robert Koch (1988), 131.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Accuracy (78)  |  Admiration (59)  |  Age (499)  |  All (4108)  |  Bacillus (9)  |  Cable (11)  |  Challenge (85)  |  Chance (239)  |  Daily (87)  |  Debate (38)  |  Enough (340)  |  Find (998)  |  Flash (49)  |  Gift (104)  |  Gifted (23)  |  Gout (5)  |  Great (1574)  |  Growth (187)  |  Horse (74)  |  Human (1468)  |  Human Race (100)  |  Importance (286)  |  Interest (386)  |  Lightning (45)  |  Little (707)  |  Mail (2)  |  March (46)  |  Movement (155)  |  New (1216)  |  News (36)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Old (481)  |  Progress (465)  |  Race (268)  |  Republic (15)  |  Royal (57)  |  Safe (54)  |  Say (984)  |  Scientific (941)  |  Scientist (820)  |  Slow (101)  |  Telegraph (38)  |  Through (849)  |  Vulgar (33)  |  Way (1217)  |  Wing (75)  |  World (1774)

Magnetism, galvanism, electricity, are “one form of many names.” Without magnetism we should never have discovered America; to which we are indebted for nothing but evil; diseases in the worst forms that can afflict humanity, and slavery in the worst form in which slavery can exist. The Old World had the sugar-cane and the cotton-plant, though it did not so misuse them.
Written for fictional character, the Rev. Dr. Opimian, in Gryll Grange (1861), collected in Sir Henry Cole (ed.) The Works of Thomas Love Peacock(1875), Vol. 2, 382. [Hans Ψersted discovered electromagnetism in 1820. Presumably the next reference to magnetism refers to a compass needle for navigation. —Webmaster]
Science quotes on:  |  Afflict (4)  |  America (127)  |  Cotton (8)  |  Discover (553)  |  Disease (328)  |  Electricity (159)  |  Evil (116)  |  Exist (443)  |  Form (959)  |  Galvanism (8)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Indebted (7)  |  Magnetism (41)  |  Misuse (13)  |  Name (333)  |  Never (1087)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Old (481)  |  Plant (294)  |  Slavery (13)  |  Sugar (23)  |  World (1774)  |  Worst (57)

The more we know about this universe, the more mysterious it is. The old world that Job knew was marvelous enough, and his description of its wonders is among the noblest poetry of the race, but today the new science has opened to our eyes vistas of mystery that transcend in their inexplicable marvel anything the ancients ever dreamed.
In 'What Keeps Religion Going?', collected in Living Under Tension: Sermons On Christianity Today (1941), 53.
Science quotes on:  |  Ancient (189)  |  Description (84)  |  Dream (208)  |  Enough (340)  |  Eye (419)  |  Inexplicable (8)  |  Job (82)  |  Know (1518)  |  Marvel (35)  |  Marvelous (29)  |  More (2559)  |  Mysterious (79)  |  Mystery (177)  |  New (1216)  |  Noblest (5)  |  Old (481)  |  Open (274)  |  Opened (2)  |  Poetry (143)  |  Race (268)  |  Science (3879)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  Today (314)  |  Transcend (26)  |  Universe (857)  |  Vista (10)  |  Wonder (236)  |  World (1774)

The Simiadae then branched off into two great stems, the New World and Old World monkeys; and from the latter at a remote period, Man, the wonder and the glory of the universe, proceeded.
In The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871), 213.
Science quotes on:  |  Branch (150)  |  Glory (58)  |  Great (1574)  |  Man (2251)  |  Monkey (52)  |  New (1216)  |  New World (4)  |  Old (481)  |  Period (198)  |  Proceed (129)  |  Remote (83)  |  Stem (31)  |  Two (937)  |  Universe (857)  |  Wonder (236)  |  World (1774)

We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy quadruped, furnished with a tail and pointed ears, probably arboreal in its habits, and an inhabitant of the Old World.
The Descent of Man (1871), Vol. 2, 389.
Science quotes on:  |  Arboreal (8)  |  Descend (47)  |  Ear (68)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Furnish (96)  |  Habit (168)  |  Inhabitant (49)  |  Learn (629)  |  Man (2251)  |  Monkey (52)  |  Old (481)  |  Point (580)  |  World (1774)


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 Einstein • Isaac Newton • Lord Kelvin • Charles Darwin • Srinivasa Ramanujan • Carl Sagan • Florence Nightingale • Thomas Edison • Aristotle • Marie Curie • Benjamin Franklin • Winston Churchill • Galileo Galilei • Sigmund Freud • Robert Bunsen • Louis Pasteur • Theodore Roosevelt • Abraham Lincoln • Ronald Reagan • Leonardo DaVinci • Michio Kaku • Karl Popper • Johann Goethe • Robert Oppenheimer • Charles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about: • Atomic  Bomb • Biology • Chemistry • Deforestation • Engineering • Anatomy • Astronomy • Bacteria • Biochemistry • Botany • Conservation • Dinosaur • Environment • Fractal • Genetics • Geology • History of Science • Invention • Jupiter • Knowledge • Love • Mathematics • Measurement • Medicine • Natural Resource • Organic Chemistry • Physics • Physician • Quantum Theory • Research • Science and Art • Teacher • Technology • Universe • Volcano • Virus • Wind Power • Women Scientists • X-Rays • Youth • Zoology  ... (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.