Frederick Soddy

Frederick Soddy
Frederick Soddy
  • Born: September 2, 1877
  • Died: September 22, 1956
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Scientist









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It is probable that all heavy matter possesses—latent and bound up with the structure of the atom—a similar quantity of energy to that possessed by radium. If it could be tapped and controlled, what an agent it would be in shaping the world’s destiny. The man who put his hand on the lever by which a parsimonious nature regulates so jealously the output of this store of energy, would possess a weapon by which he could destroy the earth if he chose. Energy ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilization. For them, such a charge is worse than that of crime. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
An honest money system is the only alternative. Money, Coins & Minting
But what sin is to the moralist and crime to the jurist so to the scientific man is ignorance.
Chemistry has been termed by the physicist as the messy part of physics, but that is no reason why the physicists should be permitted to make a mess of chemistry when they invade it.
In the first place, the preparation of the Nobel lecture which I am to give has shown me, even more clearly than I knew before, how many others share with me, often, indeed, have anticipated me, in the discoveries for which you have awarded me the prize.
It is curious to reflect, for example, upon the remarkable legend of the Philosopher's Stone, one of the oldest and most universal beliefs, the origin of which, however far back we penetrate into the records of the past, we do not probably trace its real source.
Man cannot influence in this respect the atomic forces of Nature. Nature ;Respect
Nature is in austere mood, even terrifying, withal majestically beautiful. Nature
Now whatever the origin of this apparently meaningless jumble of ideas may have been, it is really a perfect and very slightly allegorical expression of the actual present views we hold today.
On our plane knowledge and ignorance are the immemorial adversaries. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilisation. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The pure air and dazzling snow belong to things beyond the reach of all personal feeling, almost beyond the reach of life. Yet such things are a part of our life, neither the least noble nor the most terrible. Life
The whole profit of the issuance of money has provided the capital of the great banking business as it exists today. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
There is nothing left now for us but to get ever deeper and deeper into debt to the banking system in order to provide the increasing amounts of money the nation requires for its expansion and growth. Money, Coins & Minting
There is something sublime about its aloofness from and its indifference to its external environment.
To-day it appears as though it may well be altogether abolished in the future as it has to some extent been mitigated in the past by the unceasing, and as it now appears, unlimited ascent of man to knowledge, and through knowledge to physical power and dominion over Nature. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Nature ;Future
With all our mastery over the powers of Nature we have adhered to the view that the struggle for existence is a permanent and necessary condition of life. Life ;Nature