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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure

Science. ~Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954 I think science has enjoyed an extraordinary success because it has such a limited and narrow realm in which to focus its efforts. Namely, the physical universe. ~Ken Jenkins No one should approach the temple of science with the soul of a money changer. ~Thomas Browne If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate. ~Henry J. Tillman A biophysicist talks physics to the biologists and biology to the physicists, but then he meets another biophysicist, they just discuss women. ~Author Unknown Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope. ~Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends, 1972 There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. ~Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883 Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. ~Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 1776 Science is a cemetery of dead ideas. ~Miguel de Unamuno, The Tragic Sense of Life, 1913 The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..." ~Isaac Asimov A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. ~Edward Teller Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. ~Wernher Von Braun Science does imagination. not know its ~Ralph Waldo debt to Emerson




Louise: "How did you get here?" Johnny: "Well, basically, there was this little dot, right? And the dot went bang and the bang expanded. Energy formed into matter, matter cooled, matter lived, the amoeba to fish, to fish to fowl, to fowl to frog, to frog to mammal, the mammal to monkey, to monkey to man, amo amas amat, quid pro quo, memento mori, ad infinitum, sprinkle on a little bit of grated cheese and leave under the grill till Doomsday." ~From the movie Naked Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. ~Henri Poincar, Science and Hypothesis, 1905 A science is any discipline in which the fool of this generation can go beyond the point reached by the genius of the last generation. ~Max Gluckman, Politics, Law and Ritual, 1965 The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart. ~Walter Lippmann Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it. ~Alan Valentine Science is simply common sense at its best. ~Thomas Huxley Great scientific discoveries have been made by men seeking to verify quite erroneous theories about the nature of things. ~Aldous Huxley, "Wordsworth in the Tropics" Physics is imagination in a straight jacket. ~John Moffat If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready. The first one, too, was made out of chaos. ~Robert Quillen Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it. ~Albert Einstein To know the history of science is to recognize the mortality of any claim to universal truth. ~Evelyn Fox Keller, Reflections on Gender and Science, 1995 The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it. ~Robert L. Park, in The New York Times, 7 December 1999 The great artists. men of ~Martin science are H. supreme Fischer

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. ~William Lawrence Bragg Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. ~John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty, 1929 Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men. ~Jean Rostand Scientists should always state the opinions upon which their facts are based. ~Author Unknown That theory is worthless. It isn't even

It is characteristic of science that the full explanations are often seized in their essence by the percipient

scientist long in advance of any possible proof. ~John Desmond Bernal, The Origin of Life, 1967 Science is the topography of ignorance. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Medical Essays, 1883 Darwin has interested us in the history of nature's technology. ~Karl Marx, Capital, 1867

There are no physicists in the hottest parts of hell, because the existence of a 'hottest part' implies a temperature difference, and any marginally competent physicist would immediately use this to run a heat engine and make some other part of hell comfortably cool. This is obviously impossible. ~Richard Davisson

Observations always involve theory. ~Edwin Hubble

The task of asking nonliving matter to speak and the responsibility for interpreting its reply is that of physics. ~J.T. Fraser, Time, the Familiar Stronger, 1987

The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music. ~Lewis Thomas

The quantum is that embarrassing little piece of thread that always hangs from the sweater of spacetime. Pull it and the whole thing unravels. ~Fred Alan Wolfe, Star Wave: Mind Consciousness of Quantum Physics, 1984

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions. ~Claude Lvi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964

The doubter is a true man of science; he doubts only himself and his interpretations, but he believes in science. ~Claude Bernard

Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature. ~Martin H. Fischer

In physics, you don't have to go around making trouble for yourself - nature does it for you. ~Frank Wilczek

Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science. ~Henry David Thoreau

There were two kinds of physicists in Berlin: on the one hand there was Einstein, and on the other all the rest. ~Rudolph Ladenburg

I am compelled to fear that science will be used to promote the power of dominant groups rather than to make men happy. ~Bertrand Russell, Icarus, or the Future of Science, 1925

Science without conscience is the soul's perdition. ~Franois Rabelais, Pantagruel, 1572

Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. ~Bertrand Russell

Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own. ~Bertrand Russell, What I Believe, 1925

In comparing religious belief to science, I try to remember that science is belief also. ~Robert Brault,

Science is the record of dead religions. ~The Oscariana of Oscar Fingall O'Flaherty Will Wilde [1856-1900] for George Bernard Shaw

Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law. ~William James, The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy, 1910

For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses. ~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 1974

In a manner which matches the fortuity, if not the consequence, of Archimedes' bath and Newton's apple, the [3.6 million year old] fossil footprints were eventually noticed one evening in September 1976 by the paleontologist Andrew Hill, who fell while avoiding a ball of elephant dung hurled at him by the ecologist David Western. ~John Reader, Missing Links: The Hunt for Earliest Man

Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue. ~Robert K. Merton, Social Theory, 1957

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The whole history of physics proves that a new discovery is quite likely lurking at the next decimal place. ~F.K. Richtmeyer

Physics is geometric proof on steroids. ~S.A. Sachs

Ethics and Science need to shake hands. ~Richard Clarke Cabot I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them. ~Karl Friedrich Gauss

Science is all those things which are confirmed to such a degree that it would be unreasonable to withhold one's provisional consent. ~Stephen Jay Gould

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Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl. ~Mike Adams

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. ~Albert Einstein

The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment. ~Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science, 1972

Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind. ~Marston Bates When gravity calls, something falls. ~J.L.W. Brooks Life preys upon life. This is biology's most fundamental fact. ~Martin H. Fischer

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art. ~Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, 1926

But the great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact - which is so constantly being enacted under the eyes of philosophers... ~T.H. Huxley, "Biogenesis and Abiogenesis," The Royal Society President's Address to the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Liverpool, Critiques and Addresses, 1870, Collected Essays VIII

Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them. ~Abraham Flexner, Universities, 1930

Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more. ~George Bernard Shaw

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Reason, Observation, and Experience - the Holy Trinity of Science. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

DNA was the first three-dimensional Xerox machine. ~Kenneth Boulding, "Energy and the Environment," Beasts, Ballads, and Bouldingisms, 1976

There is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science. ~Anton Chekhov

If it's green or wriggles, it's biology. If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it doesn't work, it's physics. ~Handy Guide to Science

Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact. ~H.L. Mencken, Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebook, 1956

But in science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs. ~Francis Darwin

It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists, and physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms. ~George Wald

In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last. ~Hugh Walpole

It is the man of science, eager to have his every opinion regenerated, his every idea rationalized, by drinking at the fountain of fact, and devoting all the energies of his life to the cult of truth, not as he understands it, but as he does not yet understand it, that ought properly to be called a philosopher. ~Charles Peirce

Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry. ~John Dewey, Reconstruction in Philosophy, 1920

The most remarkable discovery made by scientists is science itself. ~Gerard Piel

The microwave oven is the consolation prize in our struggle to understand physics. ~Jason Love

An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer. ~Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, 1949

Theory helps us bear our ignorance of facts. ~George Santayana, The Sense of Beauty, 1896




In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they 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. ~Carl Sagan, 1987

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. ~Max Planck, A Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, 1949

Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money. ~Leon Lederman

The scientist, by the very nature of his commitment, creates more and more questions, never fewer. Indeed the measure of our intellectual maturity, one philosopher suggests, is our capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better problems. ~G.W. Allport, Becoming, 1955

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ~Eden Phillpotts, A Shadow Passes

The improver of natural science absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, scepticism is the highest of duties: blind faith the one unpardonable sin. ~Thomas Henry Huxley, Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews, 1871

Ah, gravity: thou art a heartless bitch. ~Robert Cohen, Chuck Lorre, and Bill Prady, The Big Bang Theory, "The Big Bran Hypothesis," original airdate 1 October 2007

My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school, "So? Did you learn anything today?" But not my mother. "Izzy," she would say, "did you ask a good question today?" That difference - asking good questions - made me become a scientist. ~Isidor Isaac Rabi

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry. ~H.L. Mencken, "Minority Report," Notebooks, 1956 Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell Mathematics is made of 50 percent formulas, 50 percent proofs, and 50 percent imagination.

The effort to reconcile science and religion is almost always made, not by theologians, but by scientists unable to shake off altogether the piety absorbed with their mother's milk. ~H.L. Mencken, Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebook, 1956

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things. -- J. H. Poincare Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules. Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives. "Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper." -David Hilbert "Mathematics consists in proving the most obvious thing in the least obvious way." -- George Polya "In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them." -- Johann von Neumann "A tragedy of mathematics is a beautiful conjecture ruined by an ugly fact. Mathematics is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated. "If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is." Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state. -- Plato "The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple." -- S. Gudder

Scientists, therefore, are responsible for their research, not only intellectually but also morally. This responsibility has become an important issue in many of today's sciences, but especially so in physics, in which the results of quantum mechanics and relativity theory have opened up two very different paths for physicists to pursue. They may lead us - to put it in extreme terms - to the Buddha or to the Bomb, and it is up to each of us to decide which path to take. ~Fritjof Capra, The Turning Point, 1982

Not fact-finding, but attainment to philosophy is the aim of science. ~Martin H. Fischer

There is no gravity. The earth sucks. ~Graffito

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations, 1988

In every department of physical science there is only so much science, properly so-called, as there is

"There are two ways to do great mathematics. The first is to be smarter than everybody else. The second way is to be stupider than everybody else -- but persistent." -- Raoul Bott "Obvious is the most mathematics." -- E.T. Bell dangerous word in

Numbers rule the Universe. - Pythagoras Mathematics is the Queen of Science, and Arithmetic the Queen of Mathematics. - C. F. Gauss Thus number may be said to rule the whole world of quantity, and the four rules of arithmetic may be regarded as the complete equipment of the mathematician. - James Clerk Maxwell The different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. - Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland God made the Integers, all the rest is the work of man. - Leopold Kronecker Arithmetic is one of the oldest branches, perhaps the very oldest branch, of human knowledge; and yet some of its most abtruse secrets lie close to its tritest truths. - H. J. S. Smith Let no man ignorant of geometry enter - Sign over Plato's Academy in Athens There is no royal road to geometry.- Menaechmus to Alexander the Great He studied and nearly mastered the six books of Euclid (geometry) since he was a member of congress. He began a course of rigid mental discipline with the intent to improve his faculties, especially his powers of logic and language. Hence his fondness for Euclid, which he carried with him on the circuit till he could demonstrate with ease all the propositions in the six books; often studying far into the night, with a candle near his pillow, while his fellow-lawyers, half a dozen in a room, filled the air with interminable snoring.Abraham Lincoln from Short Autobiography. The mathematician, carried along on his flood of symbols, dealing apparently with purely formal truths, may still reach results of endless importance for our description of the physical universe. - Karl Pearson how difficult it often is for an experimenter to interpret his results without the aid of mathematics. - Lord Rayleigh But there is another reason for the high repute of mathematics: it is mathematics that offers the exact natural sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not attain. - Albert Einstein Query 64...whether mathematicians have not their mysteries, and what is more, their repugnancies and contradictions? - Bishop Berkeley To create a good philosophy you should renounce metaphysics but be a good mathematician. - Bertrand Russell Mathematics is the only good metaphysics. - Lord Kelvin How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality? Albert Einstein Every New body of discovery is mathematical in form because there is no other guidance we can have. Charles Darwin The Infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man. - David Hilbert

"Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes." -- Mickey Mouse "The greatest unsolved theorem in mathematics is why some people are better at it than others." -Adrian Mathesis "Mathematics is not a deductive science that's a clich. When you try to prove a theorem, you don't just list the hypotheses, and then start to reason. What you do is trial and error, experimentation, guesswork." -- Paul Halmos The different branches of Arithmetic are Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. Lewis Caroll "Mathematics is written for mathematicians." Copernicus "Mathematics should be fun." -- Peter J. Hilton "Small minds discuss persons. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. Really great minds discuss mathematics." "But in the new (math) approach, the important thing is to understand what you're doing, rather than to get the right answer." -- Tom Lehrer "Most likely, logic is capable of justifying mathematics to no greater extent than biology is capable of justifying life." -- Y. Manin Mathematics may not teach us how to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, or to love a friend and forgive an enemy. But it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution. A mathematical truth is neither simple complicated in itself, it is. - Emile Lemoine nor

The science of Pure Mathematics, in its modern developments, may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit - A. N. Whitehead A mathematician who is not also a poet will never be a complete mathematician. - Karl Weierstrass I have heard myself accused of being an opponent, an enemy of mathematics, which no one can value more highly than I, for it accomplishes the very thing whose achievement has been denied me. - Goethe Mathematicians are like lovers... Grant a mathematician the least principle, and he will draw from it a consequence which you must also grant him, and from this consequence another. - Fontenelle It is easier to square a circle than to get round a mathematician. - Augustus De Morgan I regret that it has been necessary for me in this lecture to administer such a large dose of fourdimensional geometry. I do not apologize, because I am really not responsible for the fact that nature in its most fundamental aspect is four-dimensional. Things are what they are. - A. N. Whitehead

The notion of infinity is our greatest friend; it is also our greatest enemy of our peace of mind. - James Pierpont In my opinion a mathematician, in so far as he is a mathematician, need not preoccupy himself with philosophy-- an opinion, moreover, which has been expressed by many philosophers. - Henri Lebesgue God ever geometrizes. - Plato God ever arithmetizes. - Charles Jacobi The Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician. - James Jeans Ask a philosopher 'What is philosophy?' or a historian 'What is history?' and they will have no difficulty in giving an answer. Neither of them can pursue his own discipline without knowing what he is searching for. But ask a mathematician 'What is mathematics?' and he may justifiably reply that he does no know the answer but that this does not stop him from doing mathematics. - Franois Lasserre Logic is invincible because in order to combat logic it is necessary to use logic. - Pierre Boutroux A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a great truth. - Christopher Morley Mathematics is the handwriting on the human consciousness of the very Spirit of Life itself. - Claude Bragdon Mathematics possesses not only truth. but some supreme beauty -- A beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. - Bertrand Russell If all art aspires to the condition of music, all the sciences aspire to the condition of mathematics. George Santanaya Do not be troubled by your difficulties with Mathematics, I can assure you mine are much greater. - Albert Einstein No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry. Benjamin Franklin The advancement and perfection of mathematics are intimately connected with the prosperity of the state. Napoleon Bonaparte All our surest statements about the nature of the world are mathematical statements, yet we do not know what mathematics "is" ... and so we find that we have adapted a religion strikingly similar to many traditional faiths. Change "mathematics" to "God" and little else might seem to change. The problem of human contact with some spiritual realm, of timelessness, of our inability to capture all with language and symbol -- all have their counterparts in the quest for the nature of Platonic mathematics. John D. Barrow For it seems to be precisely that science known by the barbarous name Algebra, if we could only extricate it from that vast array of numbers and inexplicable figures by which it is overwhelmed, so that it might display the clearness and simplicity which, we imagine, ought to exist in genuine mathematics. Rene Descartes Yes, yes, I know that, Sydney ... Everybody knows that! ... But look: Four wrongs squared, minus two

wrongs to the fourth power, divided by this formula, do make a right. - Gary Larson On the basis of my historical experience, I fully believe that mathematics of the twenty-fifth century will be as different from that of today as the latter is from the sixteenth century. - George Sarton A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there. - Charles Darwin I knew a mathematician who said, "I do not know as much as God, but I know as much as God did at my age." - Milton Shulman Music is the pleasure of the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. - Gottfried Leibniz It is hard to convince a high-school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult than those of Algebra and Geometry. - Edgar W. Howe A Mathematician is someone who can take a cup of coffee and turn it into a theory. - Paul Erdos