Publicly Quotes (3 quotes)
A formative influence on my undergraduate self was the response of a respected elder statesmen of the Oxford Zoology Department when an American visitor had just publicly disproved his favourite theory. The old man strode to the front of the lecture hall, shook the American warmly by the hand and declared in ringing, emotional tones: My dear fellow, I wish to thank you. I have been wrong these fifteen years. And we clapped our hands red. Can you imagine a Government Minister being cheered in the House of Commons for a similar admission? Resign, Resign is a much more likely response!
The techniques and criteria of religion and science are so extraordinarily different. Science seeks simplicity publicly and encourages the overthrow of authority; religion accepts complexity privately and encourages deference to authority.
This is what nonscientists dont know, and this is what scientists are too bashful to talk about publicly, at least until they grow old enough to be shameless. Science at its highest level is ultimately the organization of, the systematic pursuit of, and