Retard Quotes (4 quotes)
Religion has run out of justifications. Thanks to the telescope and the microscope, it no longer offers an explanation of anything important. Where once it used to able, by its total command of a worldview, to prevent the emergence of rivals, it can now only impede and retardor try to turn backthe measureable advances that we have made.
In God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007, 2009), 282.
Science is, and must be, culturally embedded; what else could the product of human passion be?... Culture is not the enemy of objectivity but a matrix that can either aid or retard advancing knowledge.
The office of the leisure class in social evolution is to retard movement and to conserve what is obsolescent.
In Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions (1899, 1912), 198.
~~[Misattributed ?]~~ Mathematical discoveries, like springtime violets in the woods, have their season which no human can hasten or retard.
Webmaster believes this quote is likely a misattributed paraphrase. The subject quote is as given in Israel Kleiner, 'Thinking the Unthinkable: The Story of Complex Numbers (with a Moral)', Mathematics Teacher
(Oct 1988), 81
, No. 7, 590. In Kleiners paper, alongside the quote is a citation, thus: (Kline 1972)? Notice the appended question mark. The reference at the end of the paper gives: Morris Kline, Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times
(1972), but without page number. Webmaster checked a later edition, Vol. 3 (1990), 861, in which Kline has an epigraph, with different wording about violets, attributed - not to Jαnos - but to his father, Wolfgang Bolyai (who is also known as Farkas Bolyai). Translator Abe Shenitzer wrote an ambiguous passage in Herbert Meschkowski, NonEuclidean Geometry
(1964), 33. In a discussion posted in the NCTM online Math Forum in 1998, Shenitzer clarified that the proper reading is that the violet talk is a simile used in advice given by the father to his son. Note that in the passage, Jαnos (Johann/John) reports about that advice in narrative form. Thus, one should also note that even in the original language, perhaps the fathers words are not verbatim. See Farkas Bolyai Quotes
on another page of this website.