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

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “Every body perseveres in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by forces impressed.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index S > Category: Scrupulous

Scrupulous Quotes (6 quotes)
Scrupulously Quotes, Scrupulousness Quotes

Crystallographic science does not consist in the scrupulous description of all the accidents of crystalline form, but in specifying, by the description of these forms, the more or less close relationship they have with each other.
Cristallographie (1793), 1, 91
Science quotes on:  |  Accident (88)  |  All (4108)  |  Consist (223)  |  Crystal (68)  |  Crystallography (9)  |  Description (84)  |  Form (959)  |  More (2559)  |  More Or Less (68)  |  Other (2236)  |  Relationship (104)  |  Science (3879)  |  Specification (7)

For twenty pages perhaps, he read slowly, carefully, dutifully, with pauses for self-examination and working out examples. Then, just as it was working up and the pauses should have been more scrupulous than ever, a kind of swoon and ecstasy would fall on him, and he read ravening on, sitting up till dawn to finish the book, as though it were a novel. After that his passion was stayed; the book went back to the Library and he was done with mathematics till the next bout. Not much remained with him after these orgies, but something remained: a sensation in the mind, a worshiping acknowledgment of something isolated and unassailable, or a remembered mental joy at the rightness of thoughts coming together to a conclusion, accurate thoughts, thoughts in just intonation, coming together like unaccompanied voices coming to a close.
In Mr. Fortune’s Maggot (1927), 161.
Science quotes on:  |  Accurate (86)  |  Acknowledgment (12)  |  Back (390)  |  Book (392)  |  Carefully (65)  |  Coming (114)  |  Conclusion (254)  |  Dawn (31)  |  Ecstasy (9)  |  Examination (98)  |  Fall (230)  |  Finish (59)  |  Joy (107)  |  Kind (557)  |  Library (48)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mental (177)  |  Mind (1338)  |  More (2559)  |  Next (236)  |  Novel (32)  |  Passion (114)  |  Read (287)  |  Remain (349)  |  Remember (179)  |  Self (267)  |  Sensation (57)  |  Sitting (44)  |  Something (719)  |  Thought (953)  |  Together (387)

In the beginning of the year 1800 the illustrious professor conceived the idea of forming a long column by piling up, in succession, a disc of copper, a disc of zinc, and a disc of wet cloth, with scrupulous attention to not changing this order. What could be expected beforehand from such a combination? Well, I do not hesitate to say, this apparently inert mass, this bizarre assembly, this pile of so many couples of unequal metals separated by a little liquid is, in the singularity of effect, the most marvellous instrument which men have yet invented, the telescope and the steam engine not excepted.
In François Arago, 'Bloge for Volta' (1831), Oeuvres Completes de François Arago (1854), Vol. 1, 219-20.
Science quotes on:  |  Assembly (13)  |  Attention (190)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Bizarre (6)  |  Changing (7)  |  Cloth (6)  |  Column (15)  |  Combination (144)  |  Conceived (3)  |  Copper (25)  |  Couple (9)  |  Do (1908)  |  Effect (393)  |  Engine (98)  |  Expect (200)  |  Expected (5)  |  Forming (42)  |  Hesitate (22)  |  Idea (843)  |  Illustrious (10)  |  Inert (14)  |  Instrument (144)  |  Invention (369)  |  Liquid (50)  |  Little (707)  |  Long (790)  |  Marvel (35)  |  Marvellous (25)  |  Mass (157)  |  Metal (84)  |  Most (1731)  |  Order (632)  |  Pile (12)  |  Professor (128)  |  Say (984)  |  Separate (143)  |  Singularity (4)  |  Steam (80)  |  Steam Engine (45)  |  Succession (77)  |  Telescope (98)  |  Unequal (12)  |  Wet (6)  |  Year (933)  |  Zinc (3)

Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.
In Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life (1873), 255.
Science quotes on:  |  Alive (90)  |  Breath (59)  |  Charter (4)  |  Conscience (50)  |  Contest (6)  |  Dogma (48)  |  Give (202)  |  Keep (101)  |  Mistake (169)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Science (3879)

The framing of hypotheses is, for the enquirer after truth, not the end, but the beginning of his work. Each of his systems is invented, not that he may admire it and follow it into all its consistent consequences, but that he may make it the occasion of a course of active experiment and observation. And if the results of this process contradict his fundamental assumptions, however ingenious, however symmetrical, however elegant his system may be, he rejects it without hesitation. He allows no natural yearning for the offspring of his own mind to draw him aside from the higher duty of loyalty to his sovereign, Truth, to her he not only gives his affections and his wishes, but strenuous labour and scrupulous minuteness of attention.
Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences (1847), Vol. 2, 57.
Science quotes on:  |  Active (76)  |  Affection (43)  |  All (4108)  |  Assumption (92)  |  Attention (190)  |  Beginning (305)  |  Consequence (203)  |  Consistent (48)  |  Contradict (40)  |  Contradiction (68)  |  Course (409)  |  Draw (137)  |  Elegance (37)  |  Elegant (36)  |  End (590)  |  Enquiry (87)  |  Experiment (695)  |  Follow (378)  |  Frame (26)  |  Fundamental (250)  |  Hesitation (19)  |  Hypothesis (296)  |  Ingenious (55)  |  Invention (369)  |  Labour (98)  |  Loyalty (9)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Minuteness (8)  |  Natural (796)  |  Observation (555)  |  Occasion (85)  |  Offspring (27)  |  Process (423)  |  Reject (63)  |  Rejection (34)  |  Result (677)  |  Sovereign (5)  |  Strenuous (5)  |  System (537)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Work (1351)  |  Yearning (12)

The student should read his author with the most sustained attention, in order to discover the meaning of every sentence. If the book is well written, it will endure and repay his close attention: the text ought to be fairly intelligible, even without illustrative examples. Often, far too often, a reader hurries over the text without any sincere and vigorous effort to understand it; and rushes to some example to clear up what ought not to have been obscure, if it had been adequately considered. The habit of scrupulously investigating the text seems to me important on several grounds. The close scrutiny of language is a very valuable exercise both for studious and practical life. In the higher departments of mathematics the habit is indispensable: in the long investigations which occur there it would be impossible to interpose illustrative examples at every stage, the student must therefore encounter and master, sentence by sentence, an extensive and complicated argument.
In 'Private Study of Mathematics', Conflict of Studies and other Essays (1873), 67.
Science quotes on:  |  Adequately (3)  |  Argument (138)  |  Attention (190)  |  Author (167)  |  Book (392)  |  Both (493)  |  Clear (100)  |  Close (69)  |  Complicated (115)  |  Consider (416)  |  Department (92)  |  Discover (553)  |  Effort (227)  |  Encounter (22)  |  Endure (20)  |  Example (94)  |  Exercise (110)  |  Extensive (33)  |  Fairly (4)  |  Far (154)  |  Ground (217)  |  Habit (168)  |  High (362)  |  Hurry (15)  |  Important (209)  |  Impossible (251)  |  Indispensable (28)  |  Intelligible (34)  |  Investigate (103)  |  Investigation (230)  |  Language (293)  |  Life (1795)  |  Long (790)  |  Master (178)  |  Mathematics (1328)  |  Mean (809)  |  Meaning (233)  |  Most (1731)  |  Must (1526)  |  Obscure (62)  |  Occur (150)  |  Often (106)  |  Order (632)  |  Practical (200)  |  Read (287)  |  Reader (40)  |  Repay (3)  |  Rush (18)  |  Scrutiny (15)  |  Seem (145)  |  Sentence (29)  |  Several (32)  |  Sincere (4)  |  Stage (143)  |  Student (300)  |  Studious (5)  |  Study And Research In Mathematics (61)  |  Sustain (46)  |  Text (14)  |  Understand (606)  |  Value (365)  |  Vigorous (20)  |  Will (2355)  |  Write (230)


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.