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The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay
Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. Edwin Land
Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation. Gertrude Stein
I can prove anything by statistics except the truth. George Canning
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power. Jacob Bronowski
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. Jules Verne
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein
In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality. Mary McCarthy
The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. Thorstein Veblen
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds. John F. Kennedy
Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence. Louis Pasteur
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its 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
There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth. Marie Curie
I cannot afford to waste my time making money. Louis Agassiz
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go. Denis Diderot
Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. Galileo Galilei
All science is either physics or stamp collecting. Ernest Rutherford
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Isaac Asimov
We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy. Simon Newcomb
Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich. Gilbert K. Chesterton
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. Arthur C. Clarke
It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of. Jean Rostand
I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also. John McCain
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness. Charles Darwin
Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless. Max Born
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly. Georg C. Lichtenberg
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Carl Sagan
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field. Niels Bohr
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. Thomas Huxley
Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living. Nicholas Negroponte
Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. Albert Einstein
A scientist's aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade, but to clarify. Leo Szilard
There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Barbara Tuchman
Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed. Thomas Huxley
Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature. Jacob Bronowski
What is now proved was once only imagined. William Blake
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer. Jacob Bronowski
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. John Dewey
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Benjamin Disraeli
The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go. Galileo Galilei
History has repeatedly shown that when a new method or material becomes available, new uses for it arise. Wilson Greatbatch
Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. Ashley Montagu
If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize. Richard P. Feynman
Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. Carrie Snow
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. Thomas A. Edison
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect. Ronald Reagan
Politics is not an exact science. Otto von Bismarck
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. Thomas Huxley
The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years. Stendhal
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. Marie Curie
I am not here concerned with intent, but with scientific standards, especially the ability to tell the difference between a fact, an opinion, a hypothesis, and a hole in the ground. Serge Lang
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. Theodosius Dobzhansky
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life. Marcus Aurelius
Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies. Leon Trotsky
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology. Rebecca West
Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren't even mammals. Robert Anton Wilson
The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless. Steven Weinberg
Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself. Woodrow Wilson
We should place priority on the development of safeguards against unwise, permanent alterations in the human gene pool. Now that we have become principle agents of evolution, it is crucially important to recognize that the pursuit of short-term goals through human modification can be dangerously inconsistent with the long-term best interests of the human species. Al Gore
It was a case of the technology catching up with the problem. Jane X. Luu
The good thing about science is that it is true whether or not you believe in it. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Never in history did a people enter a country as we entered our country. There are two reasons for this: We are returning to our homeland that has waited for us as a wasteland, and we are not entering a new country that is not ours; we are a people of ancient culture, and in the long years of our exile we have added to that culture the great values of a new civilization. All these riches we bring with us as a gift to our ancient land, and to the people who settled it while we were away, and to the other peoples of the surrounding Orient ... Moshe Smilansky
I declined it. As we enjoy great advantage from the invention of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously. Benjamin Franklin
Death from high dose radiation was without undue suffering. Leslie Richard Groves Jr.
Spooky action at a distance. Albert Einstein
Market systems all threaten the continued existence of those who are currently successful if they fail to adapt to changes they do not control. This tension is essential to markets serving human well-being better than other economic systems. But at the same time it means that organizations within them have interests at cross-purposes to the system itself. This is true for all spontaneous orders: markets, science, and democracies. Gus DiZerega
I had the feeling after a meeting with company executives that they were at no time wholly frank with me, and this attitude has obtained in all our conferences, etc. regarding this drug. Francis Kelsey
if you do not appreciate the mathematics, you cannot see, among the great variety of facts, that logic permits you to go from one to the other Richard P. Feynman
Nature doesn't care what we call it, she just keeps on doing it any way she wants. Richard P. Feynman
The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things. Richard P. Feynman
Knowlege is of no real value if all you can tell me is what happened yesterday. It is necessary to tell what will happen tomorrow ... you must be willing to stick your neck out. Richard P. Feynman
A very great deal more truth can become known than can be proved. Richard P. Feynman
The fundamental basis of ethics must be chosen in some non-scientific way. Richard P. Feynman
The ability to make gametes from skin cells might have some undesirable consequences. For example, someone could take a paper coffee cup that you casually tossed in the trash and turn you into a parent without your knowledge or consent. We probably need some laws to deal with that; unconsenting parenthood seems like a bad idea. Henry T. Greely
We have entered an era where the kinds of data and analyses that people run have gotten incredibly complicated. So you have researchers using sophisticated software programs that they probably don't understand but are generally accepted and everyone [in the field] uses. Martin Serano
Writing preserves only the thought of literate peoples. Ann Trubeck
The destructiveness of war waged on the scale and with the intensity which conscript armies, the new means of transportation and communication, the new artillery, the aeroplanes, the high explosives, and the continuity of the fighting on battle fronts of unexampled length, by night as well as by day, and in stormy and wintry as well as moderate weather, make possible, has proved to be beyond all power of computation, and could not have been imagined in advance. Never before has there been any approach to the vast killing and crippling of men, the destruction of all sorts of man's structures—buildings, bridges, viaducts, vessels, and docks—and the physical ruin of countless women and children. Charles W. Eliot
I’m opposed to passing laws based on phony science. Michael Crichton
There are many men now living who were in the habit of using the age-old expression: 'It is as impossible as flying.' The discoveries in physical science, the triumphs in invention, attest the value of the process of trial and error. In large measure, these advances have been due to experimentation. Louis D. Brandeis
Fresh knowledge leads to recognition of the theory of evolution as more than just a hypothesis. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
The combination in time and space of all these thoughtful conceptions exhibits not only thought. It shows also premeditation, power, wisdom, greatness, prescience, omniscience, providence. In one word, all these facts in their natural connection proclaim aloud the One God, whom man may know, adore, and love. Louis Agassiz
The time has come when scientific truth must cease to be the property of the few, when it must be woven into the common life of the world. Louis Agassiz
It’s all right that you do not understand my Theory of Relativity. I do not understand your Theory of Normalcy. Albert Einstein
A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it Kurt Vonnegut
More than a century has passed since science laid down sound propositions as to the origins of the universe, but how many have mastered them or possess the really scientific spirit of criticism? A few thousands at the outside, who are lost in the midst of hundreds of millions still steeped in prejudices and superstitions worthy of savages, who are consequently ever ready to serve as puppets for religious impostors. Peter Kropotkin
There is nothing in the world that you can put your faith, your trust, or your belief in. Neither your gods, nor your science can save you, can bring you psychological certainty; and you have to accept that you can trust in absolutely nothing. That is a scientific fact, as well as a psychological fact. Because, your leaders—religious and political—and your books—sacred and profane—have all failed, and you are still confused, in misery, in conflict. So, that is an absolute, undeniable fact. Jiddu Krishnamurti
What the founders of modern science ... had to do, was not criticize and to combat certain faulty theories, and to correct or to replace them by better ones. They had to do something quite different. They had to destroy one world and replace it by another. They had to reshape the framework of our intellect itself, to restate and to reform its concepts, to evolve a new approach to Being, a new concept of knowledge, and a new concept of science — and even to replace a pretty natural approach, that of common sense, by another which is not natural at all. Alexandre Koyre
Charles Darwin was an extremely conservative man burdened with an extremely radical idea..,. The scientists of those days were almost all churchmen. David Quammen
We now know that if the crops fail, it was not caused by demons. Centuries of scientific dialogue has made a difference. Sam Harris
It is a lucky thing that newspaper reporters do not attend these meetings. If they did, they would see how little our activities are related to the real needs of society. Leonard Eugene Dickson
We are in a war on ignorance, a war on scientific ignorance. Leon Max Lederman
One could grant to science and history everything they seem to teach regarding the age of the world, the origin of man, the impossibility of miracles, the impossibility of the immortality of the soul, and of the resurrection of the body, the Jahvist, the Elohist, the third Isaah, and so on, without abandoning one iota of the substance of the Jewish faith. Leo Strauss
The earth is not in the centre of the Sun's orbit nor at the centre of the universe Leonardo da Vinci
The earth is fixed and does not move. Muhammad
Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
The Turkish army will have done its duty when it defends the country from foreign aggression and frees the nation from fanaticism and intellectual slavery. The Turkish nation has fallen far behind the West. The main aim should be to lead it to modern civilization. Kemal Ataturk
Religious thinkers have done their best to twist science and philosophy to back up their law. Kemal Ataturk
A nation must be strong in spirit, knowledge, science and morals. Military strength comes last…Today it is not enough to have arms in hand in order to take one’s place in the world. Kemal Ataturk
We will acquire knowledge and science wherever they are to be found and we will stuff them into the head of every individual in the country. No limits, no conditions can be attached to knowledge and science. Kemal Ataturk
A nation which does not make pictures, a nation which does not make statues, a nation which does not practice science, such a nation, one must admit, has no place on the highroad of civilization. But our nation with its true qualities deserves to become and will become civilized and progressive. Kemal Ataturk
The Islam Ataturk professed contained nothing contrary to reason and progress. Andrew Mango
In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey’s civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheikhs. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheikhs, dervishes and disciples. Kemal Ataturk
It is a disgrace for a civilized society to appeal for help to the dead. Kemal Ataturk
This palace belongs no longer to the Shadows of Allah on Earth, but to the nation, which is a fact and not a shadow, and I am happy to be here as an individual member of the nation, as a guest. Kemal Ataturk
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow-men. Kemal Ataturk
The Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc. Jerry Falwell
We cannot have tomorrow’s miracles if we tie scientists’ hands with yesterday’s rules. Gordon Smith
The icons of the past relied on political instinct. Now Presidents can use scientific polls and focus groups. Dick Morris
If we’re going to be the world’s leader, we have to pick up the pace of American education, especially in math and science. Margaret Spellings
This is a war on ignorance, a war on scientific ignorance. Leon Max Lederman
Simply to pit "society" against "nature," "humanity" against the "biosphere," and "reason," "technology," and "science" against less developed, often primitive forms of human interaction with the natural world, prevents us from examining the highly complex differences and divisions within society so necessary to define our problems and their solutions. Murray Bookchin
...technological competition ignites total war, which means it is not possible to contain the effects of a new technology to a limited sphere of human activity... Neil Postman
...A new technology sometimes creates more than it destroys. Sometimes, it destroys more than it creates. But it is never one-sided. Neil Postman
Women have a great responsibility. . .to try. . .to prevent another war. I hope. . .that we will be able to use this great atomic energy. . .for peaceful work. Lise Meitner
God hath made of one blood all nations of men. Book of Acts
Nature is very constant and conformable with herself. Isaac Newton
If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton
I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men Isaac Newton
Two seemingly incompatible conceptions can each represent an aspect of the truth ... They may serve in turn to represent the facts without ever entering into direct conflict. Louis-Victor de Broglie
Real science is a very risky activity; people can spend their whole life working on a theory that doesn’t work out. Tom Bethell
The pioneer spirit is still vigorous within this nation. Science offers a largely unexplored hinterland for the pioneer who has the tools for his task. The rewards of such exploration both for the Nation and the individual are great. Scientific progress is one essential key to our security as a nation, to our better health, to more jobs, to higher standard of living, and to our cultural progress. Vannevar Bush
The nexus between modern science and violence is obvious from the fact that 80 percent of all scientific research is devoted to the war industry and is frankly aimed at large-scale violence. Vandana Shiva
If there is any conflict between Congress and science, Congress will win. Congress is paying the bills. Tom Bethell
There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now, All that remains is more and more precise measurement Lord Kelvin
If we applied more science reporting standards to political reporting, most of these politicians wouldn’t be able to make all these outrageous statements. We ask where is your data? How can you prove that? Ira Flatow
I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone. Charles Darwin
The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined. John N. Bahcall
Who are we? The answer to this question is not only one of the tasks but the task of science. Erwin Schrodinger
Science thrives on self-correction …. refutation almost always contains positive lessons that overwhelm disappointment. Stephen Jay Gould
The antagonism between science and religion, about which we hear so much, appears to me purely factitious, fabricated on the one hand by short-sighted religious people, who confound ... theology with religion; and on the other by equally short-sighted scientific people who forget that science takes for its province only that which is susceptible of clear intellectual comprehension. Thomas Huxley
This political movement has patently demonstrated that it will not defend the integrity of science in any case in which science runs afoul of its core political constituencies. In so doing, it has ceded any right to govern a technologically advanced and sophisticated nation. Chris Mooney (journalist)
The bomb will not start a chain-reaction in the water converting it all to gas and letting the ships on all the oceans drop down to the bottom. It will not blow out the bottom of the sea and let all the water run down the hole. It will not destroy gravity. William H. P. Blandy
I profess both to learn and to teach anatomy, not from books but from dissections; not from positions of philosophers but from the fabric of nature. William Harvey
I appeal to your own eyes as my witness and judge. William Harvey
All that we know is still infinitely less than all that still remains unknown. William Harvey
One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all. Wernher von Braun
The strength of a nation is its knowledge. Welsh Proverb
Everything here in Europe turns into rottenness--- religion, laws, arts, sciences--- and everything hastens to renew itself in America. Ferdinand Galliani
Whatever can be done in this world will be done. The only question is whether it will be done by you or to you. Thomas Friedman
Research in the realm atomic destruction, has now proceeded to point where its results may possibly be made use of in the conduct of the war. Tremendous destruction … can be wrought with a minimum of effort ….Modern technique places in the hands of human beings means of destruction that are simply incredible. German science is at its peak in this matter. It is essential that we be ahead of everybody. Joseph Goebbels
Here we are in the middle of a big war and you guys are fooling around. Kenneth D. McKellar
Unprecedented opportunities for new scientific experience ... Metropolitan Edison Corporation
All the research work was the result of our innovation and struggle. We did not receive any technical know-how from abroad, but we cannot reject the use of books, magazines, and research papers in this connection. Abdul Qadeer Khan
In the past, science has often been able to provide adequate protection against new weapons it has given into the hands of an aggressor, but it cannot promise such efficient protection against the destructive use of nuclear power James Frank
Whoever imagines that, because so many inventions and so many improvements in machinery have been made, there remains little else to be discovered, has but a feeble conception of the infinitude and vastness of mechanical powers, or of the unlimited reach of science. Much has been discovered, infinitely more remains unrevealed. The ingenuity of man is exploring a reign without limits, and delving in a mine whose treasures are exhaustless. John Ruggles
The Virginian Society for the Promotion of Usefull Knowledge John Page
The world is too complicated to have scientists only talking to scientists. Edward Rover
As the Government lights our coasts for the protection of mariners and the benefit of commerce, so it should give to the tillers of the soil the best lights of practical science and experience. James A. Garfield
The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr. Islamic Proverb
The Koran has been the source from which Muslims have derived not only their law and theology but also principles and institutions of their public life. It is not a book of science or medicine but is a book of guidance, the principles of which are characterized of inducing very profound and potent inspirations and forces for all sorts of intellectual progress. Asim A. Hussein
The information and the materials [of “Intelligent Design”] aren't scientific, it's not a compromise. You either include non-scientific materials or you don't. And in a science class, we don't include non-scientific, non-empirically based material. Chet Dickson
Scientific theories carry some weight, but evolution, I think everyone would agree, is not a proven fact. Phill Kline
In the instant case, it is undisputed that the Cobb County School Board used the money of taxpayers to produce and place the Sticker in dispute in certain of the Cobb County School District science textbooks. This Sticker aids the beliefs of Christian fundamentalists and creationists. In light of the prior interpretation of the Georgia Constitution provision challenged by the Plaintiffs and given the Court's conclusion above that the Sticker violates the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment, the Court likewise concludes that the Sticker runs afoul of the Georgia Constitution. Clarence Cooper
This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered. Cobb County School Board
Undirected natural processes like the Darwinian mechanism are incapable of generating the specified complexity that exists in biological organisms … the natural sciences need to leave room for design. William A. Dembski
Technological advances have brought our nation to a point where momentous public choices are inescapable. Hugh Heclo
The extent to which ethics leads or lags the scientific juggernaut will now be measured in the specific policy decisions our democratic political systems produce. Hugh Heclo
In Islam's golden age, so much progress was made that it became the basis of the European Renaissance. We Muslims have to change ourselves, that's the main difference. We can't keep blaming America or Israel for our misery. Irshad Manji
From global warming to fish and wildlife, we've seen that the Bush administration has little regard for scientific findings that don't support its predetermined policies. Lexi Shultz
The term Science should not be given to anything but the aggregate of the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature. Paul Valery
There is a movement to make Washington an evidence-free zone …. There are major forces working to undermine science in our country. Hillary Clinton
If we do not have more scientific graduates from the university we will lose contact with modernity. Romano Prodi
My colleagues have learned to respect nothing but evidence, and to believe that their highest duty lies in submitting to it, however it may jar against their inclinations. Thomas Huxley
There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. George Washington
The imams are ignorant and are misconstruing the Prophet's words regarding science…. science is for the elite and religion was for the masses …. It is absurd that men should take 4 wives and have as many concubines as they wished sanctioned by the imams. If I were a woman, I would embrace atheism and never become a Moslem. Ahmed Riza
To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself. Albert Einstein
Very few women are creative. I would not send a daughter of mine to study physics. Albert Einstein
Funny people, these Germans. To them I am a stinking flower, yet they make me into a boutonniere time and time. Albert Einstein
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all—the apathy of human beings. Helen Keller
The empire of man over things is founded on the ... sciences. Francis Bacon
Creationism means simply a belief in creation Philip Johnson
Darwinistic evolution would be a most peculiar creative method for God to choose, given the Darwinistic insistence that biological evolution was undirected. That requirement means that God neither programmed evolution in advance nor stepped in from time to time to pull it in the right direction. How then did God ensure that humans would come into existence so that salvation history would have a chance to occur? Phillip E. Johnson
Many people, whether religious believers or not, were repelled by the idea that we humans are nothing more special than a species of mammal directly descended from the higher primates, and that we achieved that status by winning a long struggle, shockingly red, as Tennyson famously put it, “in tooth and claw Leo Marx
These new technologies are not yet inevitable. But if they blossom fully into being, freedom may irrevocably perish. Bill McKibben
Free will is to mind, what chance is to matter Auguste Compte
When Men are not allowed to think freely about chemistry and biology, why should they be allowed to think freely about political philosophy? Auguste Compte
But I firmly believe that evolution be taught in the schools has the best witness of what modern science has taught us . To read the Bible literalistically about such issues disinvites us from using the best of recent scholarships Katharine Jefferts Schori
I beheld the metropolis of the World, orchard of the Universe, hive of nations…human anthill, portal of Islam, throne of royalty, bursting with palaces and portals within, shining on the horizon with convents and schools, illuminated by the moons and stars of its learned doctors, which appeared on the bank of the Nile. Ibn Khaldun
I personally feel that the teaching of modern science is corrosive of religious belief, and I'm all for that! One of the things that in fact has driven me in my life, is the feeling that this is one of the great social functions of science--to free people from superstition. But I don't think that that attitude of mine should control the high school curriculum. My own personal motivation is irrelevant, just as the motivations of religious people should not affect high school curricula: Science should be taught not in order to support religion and not in order to destroy religion--science should be taught simply ignoring religion. Steven Weinberg
Evolution is cleverer than you are. Francis Crick
In our [Arab] countries, religion is the sole source of education, and is the only spring from which that terrorist drank until his thirst was quenched. He was not born a terrorist, and did not become a terrorist overnight. Islamic teachings played a role in weaving his ideological fabric, thread by thread, and did not allow other sources – I am referring to scientific sources – to play a role. It was these teachings that distorted this terrorist and killed his humanity Wafa Sultan
Our creationist detractors charge that evolution is an unproved and unprovable charade-- a secular religion masquerading as science. They claim, above all, that evolution generates no predictions, never exposes itself to test, and therefore stands as dogma rather than disprovable science. This claim is nonsense. We make and test risky predictions all the time; our success is not dogma, but a highly probable indication of evolution's basic truth. Stephen Jay Gould
So far as religion is concerned, it's a damned fake. Religion is all bunk. Thomas A. Edison
All advances by degrees in Nature, and nothing by leaps …. Although there may exist in some other world species intermediate between Man and the Apes, Nature has thought it is to remove them from us, in order to establish our superiority beyond question. I speak of intermediate species, and by no means limit myself to those leading to Man. Gottfried Leibniz
Modern Physics is an instrument of Jewry for the destruction of Nordic science… Rudolphe Tomaschek
Science extends an invitation to all nations. Robert G. Ingersoll
For the lower races everywhere (leaving out slavery) there is eventually but one of two alternatives--viz., either extermination or mixture. But if mixture makes a feeble race, then this also is only a slower process of extermination. Is extermination, then, the inexorable fate of all the lower races? Shall the pitiless law of organic evolution-the law of destruction of the weak and the survival of only the strongest races-be the law of human evolution also? It may indeed be so, but let us hope not. It may be that there is a way of escape. Joseph Le Conte
Every innovation is misguidance, even if the people see it as something good. Abdullah ibn Umar
Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions of the school that he follows, which throws him in to all manner of difficulty. Einstein has such a faculty for embracing both sides of a contradiction that one would have to be of the same frame of mind to follow his thought, it is so peculiarly his own. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night. Jeremiah Joseph Callahan
The elementary particles which form the embryo are each drawn from the corresponding structure in the parent, and conserve a sort of remembrance of their previous form, so that in the offspring they will reflect and reproduce a resemblance to the parents ... We can thus readily explain how new species are formed... by supposing that the elementary particles may not always retain the order which they present in the parents, but may fortuitously produce differences, which, multiplying and accumulating, have resulted in the infinite variety of species which we see at the present time. Peter Louis Moreau de Maupertuis
While most of those who hold that the whole heaven is finite say that the earth lies at the center, the philosophers of Italy, the so-called Pythagoreans, assert the contrary. They say that in the middle there is fire, and that the earth is one of the stars, and by its circular motion round the center produces night and day Aristotle
I found in Cicero that Hicetas supposed the earth to move. Later I also discovered in Plutarch that certain others were of this opinion. Therefore, having obtained the opportunity from these sources, I too began to consider the mobility of the earth. I can well appreciate, Holy Father, that as soon as certain people realize that in these books which I have written about the Revolutions of the spheres of the universe I attribute certain motions to the globe of the Earth, they will at once clamor for me to be hooted off the stage with such an opinion. Mikolaj; Nicolaus Copernicus
The earth, which by revolving and twisting round its axis with extreme velocity produces all the same results as would be produced if the earth were stationary and the heaven in motion... Hicetas
Those who believe that there are men on the other side of the earth fail to observe that even if the world is held to be global or rounded in shape, or if some process of reasoning should prove this to be the case, it would still not necessarily follow that the land on the opposite side is not covered by masses of water. Saint Augustine
The lamp of the world [the sun] rises to mortals through different passages; but through that which joins four circles with three crosses it issues with a better course and conjoined with better stars, and tempers and stamps the wax of the world more after its own fashion. Although such an outlet had made morning there and evening here, and all the hemisphere there was bright, and the other dark... Dante Alighieri
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection. Charles Darwin
You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion. Overwhelming strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us. Lord Kelvin
This time next year,—this time ten years,—this time one hundred years,—probably it will be just as easy as we think it is to understand that glass of water, which now seems so plain and simple. I cannot doubt but that these things, which now seem to us so mysterious, will be no mysteries at all; that the scales will fall from our eyes; that we shall learn to look on things in a different way—when that which is now a difficulty will be the only commonsense and intelligible way of looking at the subject Lord Kelvin
Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honor, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it. Lord Kelvin
Energy Is Conserved. Lord Kelvin
I would like to see invented a substance or a machine with such terrible power of mass destruction that war would thereby be made impossible forever. Alfred Nobel
In October, 1838, … I happened to read for amusement Malthus on population, and being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on from long continuous observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck me that under these circumstances favorable variations would tend to be preserved and unfavorable ones to be destroyed. The result of this would be the formation of new species. Here, then, I had at last got a theory by which to work Charles Darwin
The cultures of science and intelligence are in many ways antithetical. Science is about communication, collaboration, openness and flexible work schedules and getting lifetime credit for the work that one does. Intelligence … is about sensitive or classified information; about working with another's data and publications and not sharing and not giving credit for one's analysis and thought, at least not widely. When we do succeed in hiring first--rate scientists into the Intelligence Community, they too often become disenchanted with the culture in which they must work David Franz
Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Too often reporters covering scientific debates give fringe views equal weight in a misguided attempt to achieve balance. Chris Mooney (journalist)
Science has been a discipline in which testability, rather than any ecclesiastical authority or philosophical coherence, has been the measure of a scientific idea’s worth John E. Jones III
It is unconstitutional to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in a public school science classroom. John E. Jones III
We find that intelligent design fails on three different levels, any one of which is sufficient to preclude a determination that intelligent design is a science … intelligent design violates the centuries old ground rules of science by invoking and permitting supernatural causation; the argument of irreducible complexity, central to intelligent design, employees the same flawed and a logically contrived dualism that doomed creation science in the nineteen eighties; intelligent design’s negative attacks on evolution have been refuted by the scientific community … John E. Jones III
Intelligent design is nothing less than the progeny of creationism. John E. Jones III
The traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse under pressure from scientific, technological, and demographic developments… it may be that only a rump of hard-core, know-nothing religious fundamentalist will defend the view that every human life, from conception to death, is sacrosanct. Peter Drucker; Peter Singer
There is no such thing as a spare embryo. George W. Bush
Science is inextricably linked to our economy. It has been for the last 50 years and it will be for the next 50 years. Samuel W. Bodman
we need to work harder if we're going to continue what Carl Sagan saw as a new Renaissance of discovery. One way is by explaining to the Congress and the public why it is in our national interest to get this work funded. We can win this – and do what is right by the American people – if we can get the public to understand what's at stake. William B. Richardson
despite its apparent impracticality, the Administration values discovery-oriented science, and aims to continue to support the grand quest for knowledge about the universe at the largest and smallest scales. Jack Marburger
Researchers probably never anticipated when they started smashing atoms and protons in our large accelerators that their science their very basic research on matter would eventually give us remarkable life-saving technology. Spencer Abraham
Society sometimes discovers facts that society has a hard time getting used to. James D. Watson
Technology is just a means. It's not the end. Subhashree Madhavan
The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true. Albert Einstein
But the goal isn't just scientific exploration, . . . it's also about extending the range of human habitat out from Earth into the solar system as we go forward in time. . . In the long run a single-planet species will not survive. Michael D. Griffin
We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Benedict XVI
Seeing people as the products of pure chance in the random combination of genes … is a type of radical, scientific materialism. Tenzin Gyatso; Dalai Lama
Frankenstein Food Anonymous
the heretical rod Anonymous
We the undersigned express sincere regret that researches into scientific truth are perverted by some in our time into occasion for casting doubt upon the truth and authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. Anonymous
Where there are three physicians there are two atheists Anonymous
The earth is flat. Whoever claims it is round is an atheist deserving of punishment Sheik Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baaz
On the comparatively small territorial surface of Europe there are existing upward of 130 light-houses of the skies while in the American hemisphere there is not one. John Quincy Adams
the cultivation and encouragement of the mechanic and of the elegant arts, the advancement of literature, and the progress of the sciences, ornamental and profound. John Quincy Adams
The metre will surround the globe in use as well as in multiplied extension; and one language of weights and measures will be spoken from the equator to the poles. John Quincy Adams
The very first instrument for the improvement of the condition of men is knowledge. John Quincy Adams
Cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them. John Adams
It shall be the duty of the legislators and magistrates in all future periods of this commonwealth to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them… John Adams
While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill—little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago. John Adams
No matter how one looks at it, Japanese are superior to Americans in every respect. But as a group, we are inferior to them. So from now on we must have group training, foster science, and the entire nation must labor hard to construct a new better Japan than today. Akihito
No one was present when life first appeared on earth. Therefore, any statement about life's origins should be considered as theory, not fact. Alabama Board of Education
The Sparks: Refutation of Heretics and Innovators Abdul Hassan Al-Ashari
In a world being transformed by technology, good science is vital to good diplomacy. Madeleine Albright
Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for a better ordering of the universe. Alfonso X
In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue. Ethan Allen
They are the elect of God, his best and most useful servants, whose lives are devoted to the improvement of their rational faculties Almamon
When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. Anonymous
It is a dogma of faith that the demons can produce wind, storms, and rain of fire from heaven. Thomas Aquinas
Apollo was designed not to conquer enemies but to conquer ignorance. Neil Armstrong
The inquiry, knowledge, and belief of truth is the sovereign good of human nature. Francis Bacon
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books. Francis Bacon
Breakthroughs are by definition unpredicted events. Therefore predicting breakthroughs is a particularly difficult business. David Baltimore
Most scientific problems are defined by the question of whether a graduate student can study it for his thesis. David Baltimore
Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down. down. Amen! If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it. Dan Barker
A matter of no interest to us whether the earth is a sphere or a cylinder or a disk, or concave in the middle like a fan. Basil the Great
… there is little evidence as to how it has come about, and no clear proof that the process is continuing in any considerable degree at the present time. William Bateson
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin Roberto Bellarmino
Not only am I not persuaded by the testimony; I do not even understand it. For me the charm of quarks is well hidden ... Henry L. Bellmon
Our security and independence require that more young people devote themselves to science and research. David Ben-Gurion
We are not particularly interested in the prestige of space, but in the scientific aspects of it. Ernst David Bergmann
Politics are not an exact science. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
To rule is an art, not a science. Ludwig Borne
Science is so greatly opposed to history and tradition that it cannot be absorbed by our civilization. Max Born
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. Omar N. Bradley
Government is not an exact science. Louis D. Brandeis
Men are impatient of the slow working of natural laws. The triumphs of physical science have enlarged their desires for comfort. James Bryce
The clergy, with a few honorable exceptions, have in all modern countries been the avowed enemies of the diffusion of knowledge, the danger of which to their own profession they, by a certain instinct, seem always to have perceived. Thomas Henry Buckle
As a scientist I cannot help feeling that all religions are on a tottering foundation. None is perfect or inspired. As for their prophets, there are as many today as ever before, only now science refuses to let them overstep the bounds of common sense. Luther Burbank
I have seen myself lose intolerance, narrowness, bigotry, complacence, pride and a whole bushel-basket of other intellectual vices through my contact with Nature and with men. And when you take weeds out of a garden it gives you room to grow flowers. So, every time I lost a little self-satisfaction, or arrogance, I could plant some broadness or love of my own in its place, and after a while the garden of my mind began to bloom and be fragrant and I found myself better equipped for my work and more useful to others as a consequence. Luther Burbank
To pursue science is not to disparage things of the spirit. Vannevar Bush
We have the means of removing starvation and disease. We have almost unlimited power in sight, that can make the waste lands bloom. We have the possibility of banishing disease.... We ... can learn the truth and ... tell it to one another throughout a healthy world that is secure against the ravages of nature. It is the setting for a world of peace and unity. One thing is lacking. Good will and understanding. Vannevar Bush
Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night. Jeremiah Joseph Callahan
We condemn you, Michael Servetus, to be bound and taken to Champel and there attached to a stake and burned with your book to ashes. John Calvin
All these remarkable new technologies are starting to make people very uncomfortable with the whole process of science. Arthur Caplan
Science, which has transformed the material world, gives man the power of transforming himself. Alexis Carrel
The liberating force of scientific knowledge is objectively expressed in the great achievements of technology. Whoever possesses technology has power of the earth and men. As a result of this, hitherto unknown forms of inequality have arisen between those who possess knowledge and those who are simple users of technology. Catholic Church
Science means specialism, and specialism means oligarchy. If you once establish the habit of trusting particular men to produce particular results in physics or astronomy, you leave the door open for the equally natural demand that you should trust particular men to do particular things in government Gilbert K. Chesterton
The empires of the future are empires of mind. Winston Churchill
How like us is that filthy beast the ape. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The problems of the President of the United States are not susceptible to scientific treatment. Clark M. Clifford
Washington DC has become an evidence-free zone. Hillary Clinton
How can we decide matters of public policy when we cannot understand them? Richard Cohen
We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed. Charles Caleb Colton
I have always read that the world, both land and water, was spherical, as the authority and researches of Ptolemy and all the others who have written on this subject demonstrate and prove, as do the eclipses of the moon and other experiments Christopher Columbus
Life is nanotechnology that works. Rita Colwell
In recent times, modern science has developed to give mankind, for the first time in the history of the human race, a way of securing a more abundant life which does not simply consist in taking away from someone else.... Science really creates wealth and opportunity which did not exist before. Karl Compton
When men do not know the natural causes of things, they simply attribute them to wills like their own; thus they obtain a theory which provisionally takes the place of science, and this theory forms a basis for theology. Auguste Comte
We justify the greater and greater accumulation of capital because we believe that therefrom flows the support of all science, art, learning, and the charities which minister to the humanities of life, all carrying their beneficent effects to the people as a whole. Unless this is measurably true our system of civilization ought to stand condemned. Calvin Coolidge
Only where liberty unfetters and expands the human mind, can science flourish. Samuel Cooper
With so much power, science will inevitably receive strong criticism. It comes with success. It’s entirely appropriate. Take it as a complement. And get over it. Michael Crichton
Science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it. Marie Curie
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness Charles Darwin
I am aware that the conclusions arrived at in this work will be denounced by some as highly irreligious; but he who denounces them is bound to show why it is more irreligious to explain the origin of man as a distinct species by descent from some lower from, through the laws of variation and natural selection, than to explain the birth of the individual through the laws of ordinary reproduction. Charles Darwin
I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations. Charles Darwin
Probably all organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed. Charles Darwin
You cannot be both sane and well educated and disbelieve in evolution. The evidence is so strong that any sane, educated person has got to believe in evolution. Richard Dawkins
What’s been going on for years is political science, not good science in the environmental area. Thomas D. DeLay
Society has come to expect that American science and engineering will contribute to the general economic and social welfare. John Deutch
The Supernatural is only the Natural disclosed. Emily Dickinson
The European talks of progress because by the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has established a society which has mistaken comfort for civilization. Benjamin Disraeli
The discoveries of science, we are told, are not consistent with the teachings of the Church …. What is the question now placed before society with a glib assurance the most astounding? The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. Benjamin Disraeli
What art was to the ancient world, science is to the modern. Benjamin Disraeli
In science your competitors are your colleagues. Carl Djerassi
Science has a human origin and a human destination. Abba Eban
Every succeeding scientific discovery makes greater nonsense of old-time conceptions of sovereignty. Anthony Eden
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in it's potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. Thomas A. Edison
What man's mind can create, man's character can control. Thomas A. Edison
Politics are for the moment. An equation is for eternity. Albert Einstein
One must not put manacles upon science. Edward Law Ellenborough
Invention breeds invention. Ralph Waldo Emerson
For [Karl] Marx, science was a creative, historic and revolutionary force. Friedrich Engels
Scientific issues are litigated far more often than constitutional ones. David L. Faigman
Why, sir, there is every probability that you will soon be able to tax it. Michael Faraday
When the masses become better informed about science, they will feel less need for help form supernatural Higher Powers. The need for religion will end when man becomes sensible enough to govern himself. Francisco Ferrer
I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things. Richard P. Feynman
I have a policy of never going near Washington. Richard P. Feynman
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. Richard P. Feynman
Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. Richard P. Feynman
Science is the engine that drives the economy and drives national defense. Newt Gingrich
In science, "fact" can only mean confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent. Stephen Jay Gould
An understandable prejudice of intellectual life leads us to view tilters at orthodoxy as courageous front-line innovators. Stephen Jay Gould
Work of intellectual daring carries the danger of increased error, in both frequency and consequence.... Intrusive regulation by nonscientists is most frightening for this reason: innovation and chanciness will die. Stephen Jay Gould
Mainstream science starts as heresy. Stephen Jay Gould
Odd arrangements and funny solutions are the proof of evolution—paths that a sensible God would never tread but that a natural process, constrained by history, follows perforce. Stephen Jay Gould
Science and religion are non-overlapping magisteria. Stephen Jay Gould
We don’t usually know how to see beyond our presuppositions (the reason, of course, why so many false views of indubitable past geniuses seem so strange to us today.) Stephen Jay Gould
Science is the only truth and it is the great lie …. It is the need to know stifling the need to live. Remy de Gourmont
Our [politicians] responsibility is to be sure that we utilize the best science. Jim Greenwood
The law of nature is so unalterable that it cannot be changed by God himself. Hugo de Grotius
Government ... is neither business, nor technology, nor applied science. It is the art of making men live together in peace and with reasonable happiness. Felix Frankfurter
This is the land of every joyous sound, Of liberty and life, sweet liberty! Without whose aid the noblest genius fails, And science irretrievable must die. Philip Morin Freneau
Women are now in the situation of the mass of mankind a few years since, when science and learning were in the hands of priests, and property was held by vassalage. Matilda Joslyn Gage
I think parents want their kids to have a strong, competitive education. The message [of my victory] was that includes a full set of science standards and that includes evolution. Sue Gamble
These two people have been cruelly wronged. By God, I shall see you righted. George III
Men have had the vanity to pretend that the whole creation was made for them, while in reality the whole creation does not suspect their existence. Camille Flammarion
I am not prepared to explain to a sick child with cystic fibrosis, facing death and fighting for breath, the ethical grounds that hinder the science which could save him. Roman Herzog
I regard religion itself as quite unnecessary for a nation's life; science is far above superstition; and what is religion, Buddhism or Christianity, but superstition, and therefore a possible source of weakness to a nation? Ito Hirobumi
Our military men placed too much weight on spirit and forgot about science. Hirohito
If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them. Paul-Henri Thiry; Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud; Baron d'Holbach
I was defeated by an elite group in Washington that have an agenda, the National Academy of Sciences and other science groups. They have an agenda to get evolution presented as hard, dogmatic fact. It is pure propaganda. Linda Holloway
Law is not a science, but is essentially empirical. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The importance of religious faith, of social, economic, political, artistic, and scientific ideas in shaping the form of the world and the making of war and peace is not to be estimated as less than other basic forces. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
Before science all things must fall, including the ramparts of criminality. J. Edgar Hoover
The world looks toward us as a country that may become a great nursery of arts and sciences. Francis Hopkinson
We know the clerical party; it is an old party. This it is which has found for the truth those two marvelous supporters, ignorance and error. This it is which forbids to science and genius the going beyond the Missal and which wishes to cloister thought in dogmas. Victor Hugo
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end in superstitions. Thomas Huxley
As long as every question is answered by the word “God,” scientific inquiry is simply impossible. Robert G. Ingersoll
Every science has been an outcast. Robert G. Ingersoll
Honest investigation is utterly impossible within the pale of any church, for the reason, that if you think the church is right you will not investigate, and if you think it wrong, the church will investigate you. Robert G. Ingersoll
Science has liberated the ideas of those that read and reflect ... Science is progressive. Thomas Jefferson
Science is my passion; politics, my duty. Thomas Jefferson
The priests of the different religious sects ... dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight, and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subdivision of the duperies on which they live. Thomas Jefferson
There is not a sprig of grass that grows uninteresting to me. Thomas Jefferson
two centuries behind ours; their literati, half a dozen years before us. Thomas Jefferson
We don’t need 1 million nuclear scientists, but we do need 100 million citizens who are knowledgeable about how science affects their lives. Mae Jemison
If Pakistan is to take its proper place among the progressive nations of the world, it will have to take up a good deal of leeway in the realm of scientific and technical education… Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. Ferdinand Magellan
Natural science is one of man's weapons in his fight for freedom .... man must ... conquer and change nature and thus attain freedom from nature. Mao Zedong
Liberty... is the great parent of science Thomas Jefferson
It is not his possession of knowledge, of irrefutable truth, that makes the man of science, but his persistent and recklessly critical quest for truth. Karl Popper
I fear … that morals do not of necessity advance hand in hand with the sciences. Thomas Jefferson
All our inventions have endowed material forces with intellectual life, and degraded human life into a material force. Karl Marx
When the goals of science collide with moral and ethical judgment, there are certain times when science has to take a time-out. James O. Mason
The public hears that we're Number 1 in science and they want to know why that fact isn't making their lives better. Walter Massey
The elementary particles which form the embryo are each drawn from the corresponding structure in the parent, and conserve a sort of remembrance of their previous form, so that in the offspring they will reflect and reproduce a resemblance to the parents .…We can thus readily explain how new species are formed... by supposing that the elementary particles may not always retain the order which they present in the parents, but may fortuitously produce differences, which, multiplying and accumulating, have resulted in the infinite variety of species which we see at the present time. Peter Louis Moreau de Maupertuis
If we are ever to discover the laws of nature, we must do so by obtaining the most accurate acquaintance with the facts of nature, and not by dressing up in philosophical language the loose opinions of men who had no knowledge of the facts James C. Maxwell
Evolution, as such, is no longer a theory for a modern author. It is as much a fact as that the earth revolves around the sun. Ernst Mayr
The superiority of the Arab civilization, especially in Spain and Sicily, was the chief agency which awakened Europe after six centuries of barbarism. Joseph McCabe
It is difficult putting technical developments in a language that policy makers can understand. Gordon McDonald
The negative cautions of science are never popular. Margaret Mead
The reality of this [scientific] "objectivity" is that it is intended to conceal the truth, the reality of colonialism, exploitation, racism and imperialism; it is intended to prevent scientists from taking effective action by pretending that partisanship contradicts scientific endeavor, it is intended to make us "neutral" when to do so commits us—consciously or not—to the status quo, to the side of the existing structure of domination. Hannah Middleton
In a society where the individual is not free to pursue the truth, … there is neither progress, stability, nor security. Edward R. Murrow
Everywhere, intelligent and educated people rely more and more on purely secular and scientific techniques for the solution of their problems. As science advances, belief in divine miracles and the efficacy of prayer becomes fainter and fainter. Corliss Lamont
Just as we have endeavored to maintain a separation between church and state, so too do I believe that we should try to maintain a comparable separation between basic biomedical research and politics. Leonard Laster
The sudden political revolutions which strike the historian most forcibly are often the least important. The great revolutions are those of manners and thought. The true revolutions, those which transform the destinies of people, are most frequently accomplished so slowly that the historians can hardly point to their beginnings. Scientific revolutions are by far the most important. Gustave Le Bon
Heaven is tens of thousands of leagues from earth. Yet with the help of a few figures, one may determine the positions and trajectories of celestial bodies. So while Being is immense and its manifestations marvelous and limitless, it follows none the less a constant rule. Le Quay Don
I have been raised to believe in freedom of thought and speech. If a minority wishes to accept that position [creationism], it's their right. What I fear is that this minority may seem to be larger than it truly is. What is strange is that there are still people who believe the world is not a globe. Richard Leakey
Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
Our people need affirmative faith and material security more than they need rights and true science. Konstantin N. Leontiev
Anecdotal experience, unfortunately, trumps scientific evidence. Paul Leshner
The most interesting advances in human culture appear in the darkest hours. Clive Staples Lewis
Legislators don't want to seem anti-science or anti-progress. Andrew Kimbrell
As for the "triumphs of science," let us honour, with astonishment and awe, the genius of those who invented them; but let us remember that the things themselves are as a gun or a sword, with which we can kill our enemy, but with which also our enemy can kill us. Charles Kingsley
Clergy had not only identified themselves with the repression of free thought, and of physical science … but that they had proved themselves utterly unfit, for centuries past, to exercise any censorship whatsoever over the thoughts of men: that they had identified themselves with the cause of darkness, not of light; with persecution and torture … the clergy interfered perpetually with the sanctity of family life, as well as with the welfare of the state; that their evil counsels, and specially those of the Jesuits, had been patent and potent causes of much of the misrule and misery of Louis XIV.'s and XV.'s reigns Charles Kingsley
If you cannot render me a reason how I came hither, and what I am, I must go to those who will render me one. And if that craving be not satisfied by a rational theory of life, it will demand satisfaction from some magical theory; Charles Kingsley
The aim of natural science is not simply to accept the statements of others, but to investigate the causes that are at work in nature. Albertus Magnus
In studying nature we have not to inquire how God the Creator may, as He freely wills, use His creatures to work miracles and thereby show forth His power: we have rather to inquire what Nature with its immanent causes can naturally bring to pass. Albertus Magnus
Following the military triumph we accomplished by bayonets, weapons and blood, we shall strive to win victories in such fields as culture, scholarship, science, and economics, … the enduring benefits of victories depend only on the existence of an army of education. Kemal Ataturk
The good Christian should beware of mathematicians….The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell. Saint Augustine
As for me, I am proud of my close kinship with other animals. I take a jealous pride in my Simian ancestry. I like to think that I was once a magnificent hairy fellow living in the trees and that my frame has come down through geological times via sea jelly and worms and Amphioxus, Fish, Dinosaurs, and Apes. Who would exchange these for the pallid couple in the Garden of Eden? Bruce Frederick Cummings Barbellion; W. N. P. Barbellion
The decline in funding for the physical sciences has put our Nation's capabilities for scientific innovation at risk. Kit Bond
I believe the science we have seen does not support the need to engage in questionable policies to control so-called 'global warming.’ Jim Bunning
If a more general prosperity permits a greater number of individuals to pursue studies, since at present, in the most enlightened countries, hardly a fiftieth part of those men to whom nature has given talent receive the education necessary to make use of their talents; and that, therefore, the number of men destined to push back the frontiers of the sciences by their discoveries will grow in the same proportion [as universal education increases]. Marquis de Condorcet
... In thick smoke of human sins, rising every day, every hour, every moment full of stench and horror, before the face of God and becoming gradually so thick as to form a comet, with curled and plaited tresses, which at last is kindled by hot and fiery anger of the supreme Heavenly Judge Andreas Celichius
There is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science. Anton Chekhov
Don't talk to me of your Archimedes' lever. He was an absentminded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands all my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world. Joseph Conrad
It is hard to imagine, considering the inherent silliness, cruelty and superstition of the human race, how it has contrived to last as long as it has. The witch-hunting, the torturing, the gullibility, the massacres, the intolerance, the wild futility of human behaviour over the centuries is hardly credible. And the laws, as they stand today, are almost inconceivably stupid. With all this brilliant scientific knowledge of atom splitting and nuclear physics, etc., we are still worshipping at different shrines, imprisoning homosexuals, imposing unnecessary and completely irrelevant restrictions on each other. Hearts can be withdrawn from human beasts, dead hearts, and, after a little neat manipulation, popped back again as good as new. The skies can be conquered. Sputniks can whiz round and round the globe and be controlled and guided. People are still genuflecting before crucifixes and Virgin Marys, still persecuting other people for being coloured or Jewish or in some way different from what they apparently should be. There are wars being waged at this very moment in Indonesia, Algeria, the Middle East, Cyprus, etc. The Pope still makes pronouncements against birth control. The Ku-Klux-Klan is still, if permitted, ready to dash out and do some light lynching. God, for millions of people, is still secure in his heaven, and My Fair Lady opened in London last night. Noel Coward
The great scientific revolution is still to come. It will ensue when men collectively organize their knowledge for application to achieve and make secure social values; when they systematically use scientific procedures for the control of human relationships and the direction or the social affairs of our vast technological machinery. John Dewey
Every creature that lives climbs up its own genealogical tree before it reaches its mature condition. All animals living, or that ever have lived, are united together by blood relationship of varying nearness or remoteness, and every animal now in existence has a pedigree stretching back, not merely for ten or a hundred generations, but through all geologic time since life first commenced on the earth. Henry Drummond
Even to make the first cell possible, stellar space required to be swept of matter, suns must needs be broken up, and planets cool, the agents of geology labour millennium after millennium at the unfinished earth to prepare a material resting-place for the coming guest. Consider all this, and judge if Creation could have a sublimer meaning, or the Human Race possess a more splendid genesis. Henry Drummond
I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. Thomas A. Edison
A person who places in a woman a human embryo which has been created otherwise than by fertilization is guilty of an offence. England
Politics is the science of always using the most convenient means in accord with one's own interests. Frederick II
If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated. Erich Fromm
The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith. James Anthony Froude
And who can doubt that it will lead to the worst disorders when minds created free by God are compelled to submit slavishly to an outside will? When we are told to deny our senses and subject them to the whim of others? When people devoid of whatsoever competence are made judges over experts and are granted authority to treat them as they please? These are the novelties which are apt to bring about the ruin of commonwealths and the subversion of the state. Galileo Galilei
Whenever you can, count. Francis Galton
Descartes commanded the future from his study more than Napoleon from the throne. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that are not so Oliver Wendell Holmes
There are those who say that climate change is a hoax, a concoction of radical environmentalists and a liberal media. That is simply hogwash.... To ignore and dismiss the threat of climate change to the economy and the environment is like insisting the earth is flat. Jim Jeffords
If I have written too polemically, it is only because of the passionate concern that we consider because it is too late whether we truly know what we are doing. Leon Kass
There are lots of things that science will enable us to do that we shouldn’t do. Leon Kass
This [human cloning] is an unethical human experiment on the child to be. It is a major step in the conversion of procreation to manufacture. Leon Kass
Any one so senseless as to believe that there are men whose footsteps are higher than their heads?. . . that the crops and trees grow downward?. . . that the rains and snow and hail fall upward toward the earth?. . . I am at a loss what to say of those who, when they have once erred, steadily persevere in their folly and defend one vain thing by another Lactantius; Lucius Caecilius Firmianus
When you are on the very frontier of science, everything is chaotic. Donald Lamb
Every attempt to stop science has been characterized by darkness. Bruce Lehman
No half-human “monsters” [will] be patented or any other “immoral inventions.” Bruce Lehman
When it is said that the Church is hostile to modern political regimes and that she repudiates the discoveries of modern research, the charge is a ridiculous and groundless calumny. Wild opinions she does repudiate and seditious projects she does condemn. Leo XIII
Scientific journals are monopolies…and when there's a monopoly there's always the opportunity for extra profit. John McCarthy
I am not sure, therefore, that the highest talent for dissimulation does not belong to a people that does not have that very great physical advantage: the Japanese. Their ability to gain our confidence and appropriate our technology and science is simply phenomenal. Revilo P. Oliver
A plantation seems a fit place for those ingenious spirits that being low in the world, are much clogged and oppressed about a livelihood. For the means of subsisting being easy there, they may have time and opportunity to gratify their inclinations, and thereby improve science and help nurseries of people William Penn
It a heresy to deny that the stars are brought out by God from his treasure-house and hung in the sky every evening; any other view is false to the Catholic faith. Saint Philastrius
Faith in miracles must yield ground, step by step, before the steady and firm advance of the forces of science, and its total defeat is indubitably a mere matter of time. Max Planck
WHEREAS, We live in an age in which the most insidious attacks are made on revealed religion through the natural sciences, and as it behooves the Church at all times to have men capable of defending the faith once delivered to the saints; RESOLVED, That this presbytery recommend the endowment of a professorship of Natural Science as connected with revealed religion in one or more of our theological seminaries Presbyterian Synod of Mississippi
In the old country [Austria] I would have been a tailor. Isidor Rabi
We discuss the potential drawbacks of genetic testing or genetic modification of crops. We do not discuss the suffering and environmental damage that will be caused by holding back innovation…. The debate is unbalanced here because it is complacent about the imperfect present. Matt Ridley
There is no question but … science is the weakest in the lands of Islam. The dangers of this weakness cannot be overemphasized since honorable survival of a society depends directly on strength in science and technology … Abdus Salam
falsa, impia, scandalosa Jose Maria de Urquinaona y Bidot
Our people are of the opinion that such views are contrary to the plan of redemption We do not propose," said the bishop, with quite gratuitous suggestiveness, "to treat you as the Inquisition treated Galileo. This is an age in which scientific atheism, having divested itself of the habiliments that most adorn and dignify humanity, walks abroad in shameless denudation. The arrogant and impertinent claims of this `science, falsely so called, have been so boisterous and persistent, that the unthinking mass have been sadly deluded; but our university alone has had the courage to lay its young but vigorous hand upon the mane of untamed Speculation and say, `We will have no more of this.' Vanderbuilt University
Science and Revelation here In perfect harmony appear,, Guiding young feet along the road Through grace and Nature up to God Vanderbuilt University
We should not place artificial limits on the intellectual work of our gifted scientists to explore new technologies, to understand what is possible … John Warner
In all modern history, interference with science in the supposed interest of religion, no matter how conscientious such interference may have been, has resulted in the direst evils both to religion and science Andrew Dickson White
Under the old American system the whole body of students at a university were confined to a single course, for which the majority cared little and very many cared nothing, and, as a result, widespread idleness and dissipation were inevitable. Under the new system, presenting various courses, and especially courses in various sciences, appealing to different tastes and aims, the great majority of students are interested, and consequently indolence and dissipation have steadily diminished Andrew Dickson White
The government … spends more and more of our tax money financing "faith-based organizations." Without faith we might relapse into scientific or rational thinking, which leads by a slippery slope toward constitutional democracy. Robert Anton Wilson
National cultures and heritages must compete for man's attention with the mind-absorbing advances of universal science. Shimon Peres
The Theory of Evolution has been proved true John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
As surgeon general I always seemed to be issuing a "Surgeon General's Warning" about one thing after another that threatened the health of the American people: cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, AIDS, Reye's syndrome, violence, and a host of others. In each case I had to be certain that the science behind the health warning was impeccable and able to withstand the critics who sought to dismiss the warnings. But I also needed to ensure that the science made sense on a personal level. I had to listen to the American people as well as to talk (sternly) to them. C. Everett Koop
Climate change is here. We have to learn how to deal with it. Michael Oppenheimer
Whenever you involve scientists with politicians there is a struggle. Michael Oppenheimer
Men will sometimes fly, but it will not be in our lifetime. Wilbur Wright
I believe that simple flight at least is possible to man and that the experiments and investigations of a large number of independent workers will result in the accumulation of information, knowledge, and skill which will finally lead to accomplished flight. Wilbur Wright
… post-industrial society Alain Touraine
Confined to the use of his own physical power, man is one of the most helpless animals. In proportion to his size and requirements, he is unquestionably very weak and slow. But the superiority of his organism consists precisely in the aptitude of his brain and the fitness of his hands for the contrivance and use of mechanical devices, through which he may take from nature, by artifice, those forces in which he is naturally wanting Daniel DeLeon
We are living in a time when the comforts of life, and all the material wealth needed to bring happiness to every human being, can be produced in abundance. There is no need whatever for one human being to go hungry, homeless or naked. Man’s inventive genius has developed the tool to that point, and guided the natural forces to that degree, that abundance is possible to all. Daniel DeLeon
I feel humiliated to belong to a state with no outlook for the future nor ambition, a state that is authoritarian if not despotic, in which there is neither science nor reason….This state holds me back. Hichem Djait
One day God summoned the two sons of the first human couple. One of them was white, the other dark-skinned. Placing before them a heap of gold and a book, God ordered the dark-skinned brother, as being the elder, to choose one of the two. He chose the gold, so the younger brother received the book. An unknown force immediately transported the younger one with the book to a cold, distant country. But thanks to his book he became learned, terrifying and strong. As for the elder brother, he remained in his native country and lived long enough to see how superior science is to wealth.” Guinea Legend
The machines, which mark the triumph of science, become, by reason of the antithetic conditions of the social plexus, instruments which impoverish millions and millions of artisans and free peasants. Antonio Labriola
To force the capitalists to improve their machines of wood and iron it is necessary to raise wages and diminish the working hours of the machines of flesh and blood Paul Lafargue
I didn’t do this [banned DDT] for scientific reasons. I did it for political reasons. William Ruckelshaus
At the present time, when railways, the telegraph, the telephone, to say nothing of other inventions and improvements of importance, have simplified communication between all lands and nations to the last degree, there is scarcely any reason to fear either distance or the estrangement of the several parts of a single whole. Practically distance is almost nonexistent. What to our ancestors appeared simply near at hand now seems to lie immediately before our eyes Pavel Ukhtomskii
Behold the little State of Massachusetts, with more Institutions for industrial education than the entire South; let them see her textile schools, her schools of design, school of art, school of technology, manual-training institutes, trade schools, polytechnic institutes, schools of applied science and institutes of technology; let them see industrial departments in all her city high schools George T. Winston
Japanese spirit, Chinese learning Anonymous
...The blood from the right chamber of the heart must arrive at the left chamber but there is no direct pathway between them. The thick septum of the heart is not perforated and does not have visible pores as some people thought or invisible pores as Galen thought. The blood from the right chamber must flow through the vena arteriosa (pulmonary artery) to the lungs, spread through its substances, be mingled there with air, pass through the arteria venosa (pulmonary vein) to reach the left chamber of the heart and there form the vital spirit. Ibn Al-Nafis
Legislation against this type of cloning [therapeutic] is Canute against the ocean …. medieval views must not hold back the future…. We need government as a partner, not as an enemy. George E. Ehrlich
Therapeutic cloning research was approved last January by a large majority of the British Parliament. This means that British researchers will soon be publishing reports of their research techniques in international science journals. Leading American scientists, frustrated by the unwelcoming research environment here, will join them overseas. The Human Cloning Prohibition Act therefore cannot possibly prevent an increase in knowledge about cloning technology. It can only deprive Americans of the medical benefits that therapeutic cloning will bring. Ronald M. Green
The fundamental issue is not whether there will be cloned cells but whether individuals will be allowed to change their bodies at the genetic level…. For individuals with genetic conditions they would like to change, genetic medicine is the hope for a better life. Virginia Postrel
Japanese was so popular that the thinking was that if you could not master Japanese, you would not be able to become a scientist Yi Ch'ung-guk
Science and religion cannot come into conflict… unless some one excites strife in them out of conceit and desire to show off one's ingenuity Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov
The Church believes that human organs cannot be viewed as objects of purchase and sale. The transplantation of organs from a living donor can be based only on the voluntary self-sacrifice for the sake of another's life. Russian Orthodox Church
The cloning of human beings can corrupt the natural foundations of childbirth, consanguinity, motherhood and fatherhood. A child can become a sister to her mother, a brother to his father or a daughter to his or her grandfather. The psychological consequences of cloning are also extremely dangerous. A human being, who came to being as a result of this procedure, can feel not like an independent person but only "a copy" of someone who lives or lived before. It should be also considered that experiments with human cloning will inevitably produce as "by-products" numerous unfulfilled lives and, most probably, the emergence of a numerous unsustainable posterity. At the same time, the cloning of isolated organic cells and tissues is not an encroachment on the dignity of the personality and in a number of cases has proved helpful in the biological and medical practice. Russian Orthodox Church
Man has no right to claim the role of the creator of his likes or to choose their genetic prototypes, thus determining their personal characteristics . Russian Orthodox Church
Let’s end President Bush’s war on science—muzzling the scientists and taking information off websites. Hillary Clinton
Genetic engineering of are own species is not a question of if, but only a question of when….The human race may bifurcate into two subspecies of humans: Enhanced and Unenhanced. Bruce K. Lin
I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology. . . . Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. Bertrand Russell
When is the proper time to cry wolf. Must we wait until the prey, in this case the world’s environment, is mangled by the wolf’s grip. James E. Hanson
This process of censorship is in direct opposition to the most fundamental precepts of science. James E. Hanson
Global Warming James E. Hanson
If 98 doctors say my son is ill and needs medication and two say, “No, he doesn’t, he is fine,’ I will go with the 98. It’s common sense-the same with global warming. We go with the majority, the large majority...The key thing now is that since we know this industrial age has created it, let’s get our act together and do everything we can to roll it back. Arnold Schwarzenegger
How vast the number of people who are well versed in every science, yet it is their adherence to the holy Word of God which will determine their faith, inasmuch as the fruit of every science is none other than the knowledge of divine precepts Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
Knowledge is as wings to man's life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone. The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth… Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
Knowledge is one of the wondrous gifts of God. It is incumbent upon everyone to acquire it. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
Only when the last tree has withered, and the last fish caught, and the last river been poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money. Cree Tribe
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know. Michel de Montaigne
The prosperity and advancement of a nation depend upon its intelligentsia, and Muslim India is looking forward to her young generation and education classes to give a bold lead for our guidance and a brilliant record of historical achievements and traditions… Muhammad Ali Jinnah
No Muslim country is going the way of Turkey. Even Turkey has stopped going the way of Turkey. Dinesh D'Souza
True science teaches, above all, to doubt Miguel de Unamuno
The mind God is looking for in man is a doubting, questioning mind, not a dogmatic mind; dogmatic reasoning is wrong reasoning. Dogmatic reason ties a huge rock to a man’s foot and stops him forever from advancing. Mehmet Murat İldan
If the world is turning, even the church can’t stop it; if it isn’t turning, nobody can go out and make it turn. Mehmet Murat İldan
The bedrock of science is the unwillingness to accept authority. Richard P. Feynman
What gets measured, gets done….Results measurement is now mainstreamed Alastair McKechnie
The truth is not beautiful --- it stands on cloven hooves - it is covered in coagulated blood --- but it is the truth. Mark Mirabello
Faith is a poison that paralyzes the mind. In all the days of your life, seek knowledge! Mark Mirabello
Man's law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit always remain the same. Crow Indian Proverb
Human beings have to adapt to it, and accept total change. Jacques Ellul
The cult of the hero is the absolutely necessary complement of the massification of society. We see the automatic creation of this cult in connection with champion athletes, movie stars, and even such abstractions as Davy Crockett in the United States.... Jacques Ellul
We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity. Marie Curie
All of our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class, and if morality is to mean anything at all to us, we must regard all the changes which tend toward the uplift and survival of the human race as moral. Margaret Sanger
You will never succeed in getting at the truth if you know, ahead of time, what the truth ought to be Marchette Chute
It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry Albert Einstein
One of the greatest gifts science has brought to the world is continuing elimination of the supernatural …. We can live our lives without the constant fear that we have offended this or that deity who must be placated by incantation or sacrifice, or that we are at the mercy of devils or the Fates. With increasing knowledge, the intellectual darkness that surrounds us is illuminated and we learn more of the beauty and wonder of the natural world. James D. Watson
The great tragedy of Science --- the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact Thomas Huxley
Results rarely specify their causes unambiguously…. If we are forced to infer a process only from its … results, then we are usually stymied or reduced to speculation about probabilities. Stephen Jay Gould
Failures mire us in dogmatism and tunnel vision Stephen Jay Gould
I don't really know what a cyclotron is but I am certainly very happy Canada has one! Pierre Trudeau
Science has given us more lives than it has taken; we must remember that. Philip K. Dick
It takes as much time and trouble to pull down a falsehood as to build up a truth. Peter Latham
The practice of physic [Medicine] is jostled by quacks on the one side, and by science on the other. Peter Latham
People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact. Peter Latham
People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact. Peter Latham
It is the great glory as well as the great threat of science that everything which is in principle possible can be done if the intention to do it is sufficiently resolute. Peter Medawar
The attempt to discover and promulgate the truth is nevertheless an obligation upon all scientists, one that must be persevered in no matter what the rebuffs—for otherwise what is the point in being a scientist? Peter Medawar
We wring our hands over the miscarriages of technology and take its benefactions for granted Peter Medawar
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. I suppose we all realize the degree to which fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood. Peter Medawar
Philosophy of agriculture itself is changing, becoming systematized and mechanized…. Men of virtue and talents ... are bringing science to the aid of agriculture and introducing method and management to the dull monotony of a farmers life Hezekiah Niles
One class of philosophers calls every extraordinary appearance a judgment or a sign; another class views everything as the working of matter and motion. These two sets are at war with each other. The one denounces the other as superstitious or atheistical. Hezekiah Niles
The bottom line is the protection of life. William Proenza
As far as the satellite itself is concerned, that doesn’t give me any apprehension at all. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Congress commissioned the first telegraph line, the railroads, the Internet. The role of the government in developing new technology is often misunderstood. Daniel Gross
The industrial revolution turned time into a commodity. Adam Hart-Davis
Every attempt to make science serviceable to the world, every union of science and statecraft implies immediate union with France. To be against France is to be against statecraft, to be against statecraft is to be against freedom. France stands for the political principle—for the pure principle of human freedom in Europe … Arnold Ruge
The virtual Saudi Arabia actually exists in its rules and in the minds of the people. For instance, in virtual Saudi Arabia there is no satellite television. In principle, and by law, you are not allowed to own a satellite dish. But in reality we are the biggest consumers of satellite television in the Middle East. Not only that, Saudi businessmen are also the biggest investors in satellites. In principle, and by law, Saudi Arabia is not supposed to have interest-based banking, but in fact ninety per cent of our banking system is interest-based. And it goes on and on. The solution for Saudi problems is to bring the virtual world and the real world together. Jamal Khashoggi
We didn’t execute people who were feeble-minded the way the Nazis did, but we did sexually sterilize them. Stephen Murdoch
Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution Theodore Dobzhansky
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world Albert Einstein
The view that the sun stands motionless at the center of the universe is foolish, philosophically false, utterly heretical, because it is contrary to Holy Scripture. The view that the earth is not the center of the universe and even has a daily rotation is philosophically false, and at least an erroneous belief. Catholic Church
In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference. Richard Dawkins
Science is a series of judgments, revised without ceasing. Pierre Emile Duclaux
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed the world with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. Galileo Galilei
Physics is not a religion. If it were, we’d have a much easier time raising money. Leon M. Lederman
Question everything! Maria Mitchell
Just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science Jules Henri Poincare
Science must begin with myths and with the criticism of myth. Karl Popper
Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know. Bertrand Russell
The true contrast between science and myth is more nearly touched when we say that science alone is capable of verification. George Santayana
It is unfortunate for Christianity that it was founded on the book of Genesis. A scientific fact is higher authority today than a religious fable. Science has found so many facts that contradict the stories of Genesis that to accept these stories as divine truth is to make falsehood the word of God. Lemuel K. Washburn
The truths which God revealed have been overthrown by the truths which man has discovered. Lemuel K. Washburn
It is the mark of a truly educated person to be deeply moved by statistics. Oscar Wilde
One pursues economic theory in too extreme an extent he is likely to be in trouble; you have to consider the reality and blend what you observe as reality with an ingredient of theory, and a little, just a little bit ahead of the time, then you are likely to succeed. Cho Soon
No young man ... passes through our schools without learning to disbelieve the faith of his forefathers. The luxuriant religions of Asia shrivel into dry sticks when brought into contact with the icy realities of Western science. William Wilson Hunter
Comets, earthquakes, volcanoes, and northern lights (in the night,) with many other extraordinary phenomena or appearances intimidate weak minds, and are by them thought to be miraculous, although they undoubtedly have their proper natural causes. Ethan Allen
Science is a we, not an I. We are so used to star athletes, star entertainers, star politicians, but that is not science. Robert Ballard
Compared with the safety of my sons, my brother and our women,, the loss of the rest meant little to me, except for my books. There had been 4,000 fine volumes on board, and their destruction has been a cruel loss to me for the rest of my life. Usmah Ibn Munqidh
Science has provided us with an alternative called stem cell research …. We’ve lost so much time already and I really can’t bear to wait anymore. Nancy Reagan
All things are infinite both in number and in smallness; for the small also is infinite. And when they are all together, the parts are not clear and distinct because of their smallness Anaxagoras
The national laws and the laws of most of the States regulate the sale of narcotic drugs. . . . Their use is, in part, perhaps, due to physical disease, and, in part, to lack of moral stamina, but their abuse is almost wholly a result of violations of the law. If the law can be enforced, medical science would very soon rid the country of this menace Calvin Coolidge
I wished to procure for my country the guarantee which Washington procured for America. To procure an aid, which, by its example, would be as important as its valor, disciplined. gallant, pregnant with science and experience; which would perceive the good and polish the rough points of our character Robert Emmet
A borrowed light, circular in form, it revolves about the earth, as if following the track of a chariot. Empedocles of Acragas
Science has changed the face of this earth: it has harnessed the forces of Nature -- forces whose secret laws it had first to discover -- it has created practically a new world within the memory of men living….Science -- the scientists -- doesn't pretend to have grasped in its fingers the Eternal Truth …Science doesn't demand that one believe or be damned. Science reasons. Science investigates. Science tests itself….Science works -- builds -- quietly prevails -- promises little and performs much. Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
What scientists believe today may have to be revised in the light of observations made tomorrow, [In that sense] we can describe all our science as "theory. Philip Kitcher
The facts of evolution are clear and are not disputed by any serious scientific worker. The universe is over 11 billion years old, and the earth, in particular, is over 4 billion. That is a fact. Life on earth is at least 2.5 billion years old, and, as new evidence accumulates, the best estimate of the origin of life gets pushed further and further into the past. That too is fact. It is also a fact that there were no mammals or birds 200 million years ago and no vertebrates 600 million years ago, while there are no dinosaurs now. Finally, it is a fact that under con- ditions that have existed on earth for the last billion years, at least, all living organisms arise from previously living organisms. So, the present complex living forms have evolved by an unbroken and continuous process from the simplest living forms of the pre-Cambrian era. To as- sert, on the contrary, that the earth and life on it are a paltry ten or hundred thousand years old and that the complex forms living today arose in an instant from unorganized matter is in contradiction not simply with the corpus of biological knowledge but with all scientific knowl- edge of the physical world. To deny evolution is to deny physics, chemistry, and astronomy, as well as biology Richard C. Lewontin
A good scientist goes beyond the data he has. He applies new concepts he hadn't applied before….On some things, I was not right, but ... you can propose these ideas and stimulate thinking Ernst Mayr
Science today is still affected by non-scientific belief. Eighty percent of the South still rejects evolution. Ernst Mayr
The theory of evolution is quite rightly called the greatest unifying theory in biology. The diversity of organisms, similarities and differ- ences between kinds of organisms, patterns of distribution and behavior, adaptation and interaction, all this was merely a bewildering chaos of facts until given meaning by the evolutionary theory. Ernst Mayr
The creationists repeatedly assert that evolution is a theory, and, indeed, not a scientific theory at all because it is unable to predict future developments. Both statements are untrue. Evolution [phenomenon] is a fact, not theory. It once was a theory but today, as a consequence of observation and testing it is probably the best authenticated actu- ality known to science. There are theories concerning the mechanisms of evolution but no competent student doubts the reality of evolution Ashley Montague
Social science has been established not to set policy but to measure its results. Daniel P. Moynihan
The history of Africa goes back into the dim recesses of time and antiquity. There are even scientists in our time who are beginning to claim that Africa was the very cradle of mankind Kwame Nkrumah
The marriage of Capital with Science was responsible for the great leap forward into what we live in today. Pure scientists discovered the components into which the natural environment could be decomposed; investors placed their bets on the various methods of decomposition; applied scientists or managers saw to it that the wage workers in their charge carried the project through. Social scientists sought ways to make the workers less human, more efficient and machine-like. Thanks to science, capitalists were able to transform much of the natural environment into a processed world, an artifice, and to reduce most human beings into efficient tenders of the artifice. Fredy Perlman
In all pioneer movements, they underwent a period of experimentation in which mistakes were made which, eventually, according to their proponents, might have led to valuable findings and encouraging results … Charles Edward Terry
The emergence of modern science as a major new frontier of advancement that would lead, on one hand, to the discovery of new secrets of the universe, the invention of means to harness those secrets and the powers they represented, and the means to improve human health and allow humans to survive to both undertake that work and to enjoy its fruits. Daniel J. Elazar
There is scarce any Principle, neither in the worship of God, nor humane sciences, from whence there may not spring dissentions, discords, reproaches, and by degrees war it self Thomas Hobbes
Science and technology is going to change every day for the rest of your lives. Newt Gingrich
Enlightened societies can only make good policy when that policy is based on the broadest possible information and on reasoned open discussion. Narrowness of views on a federal commission is not conducive to the nation getting the best possible advice. Elizabeth Blackburn
The Greeks have given to the world the science of history; the Israelites gave to the world historical religion. In contrast to all their neighbors, both peoples knew what history is; this is no consequence of their mental giftedness, however, for there is another reason. Through mighty events both peoples experienced what history is, and by the investment of their lives they made history. Thorleif Boman
The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin
Individuals who break through by inventing a new paradigm are almost always...either very young or very new to the field whose paradigm they change....These are the men who, being little committed by prior practice to the traditional rules of normal science, are particularly likely to see that those rules no longer define a playable game and to conceive another set that can replace them. Thomas Kuhn
Among men of good will, science and democracy together offer an ever-richer life and ever-larger satisfaction to the individual. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the Department of Agriculture, the use of scientific experiments on a large scale and the spread of information derived from them for the improvement of general agriculture must go on. William Howard Taft
The objective is to convince people that Darwinism is inherently atheistic, thus shifting the debate from creationism vs. evolution to the existence of God vs. the non-existence of God. From there people are introduced to 'the truth' of the Bible and then 'the question of sin' and finally 'introduced to Jesus Robert Boston
Uncontrolled technology can certainly bring down disaster, perhaps irreparable, on our race. The only protection against it is a growth in man's spiritual and moral maturity proportionate to his growth in technical skill and power. W. Norris Clarke
Technology has miniaturized the globe, reducing vast oceans to mere ponds. Distant countries are now almost neighbors as our bodies travel faster than the speed of sound and our voices at the speed of light. ... Today the world is not much bigger than a ball spinning on the finger of science. William S. Cohen
Human science and religion have kept company together and greatly assisted each other's progress in the world. I do not say that intellectual and moral qualities are in the same proportion in particular persons; but they have a great and friendly influence upon one another in societies and larger bodies. John Witherspoon
The criterion of the scientific status of a theory is its falsifiability, or refutability, or testability Karl Popper
Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. Malcolm Brown
Politics is for the moment. My equation is for eternity. Albert Einstein
The advancement of the arts (technology) from year to year taxes our credulity, and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end. Henry L. Ellsworth
Our future progress and prosperity depend upon our ability to equal, if not surpass, other nations in the enlargement and advance of science, industry and commerce. Charles H. Duell
Are we really certain that the mechanism of society, like the mechanism of the heavenly bodies or the mechanism of the human body, is subject to general laws? Are we really certain that it is a harmoniously organized whole? Or is it not true that what is most notable in society is the absence of all order? Frederic Bastiat
No philosophical opinion, however ancient, however generally received, ought to rest upon authority. There is no presumption in requiring evidence for it, or in regulating our belief by the evidence we can find. Thomas Reid
Under perfectly controlled conditions, man and every other organism behaves as it damn well pleases. Jacques Lipitz
Technological innovation is so miserable in the Middle East that, if you exclude Israel, the number of patents filed is less than one fifth the number from sub-Saharan Africa. Ghassan Salame
Universities are meant to pass the torch of civilization. Hal Abelson
I wonder why some people tend to see science as something which takes man away from God. As I look at it, the path of science can always wind through the heart. For me, science has always been the path to spiritual enrichment and self-realization. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
There is more truth in honest doubt, Believe me, than in all the creeds. Alfred Tennyson
When I contemplate the immense advances in sciences and discoveries in the arts which have been made within the period of my life, I look forward with confidence to equal advances by the present generation, and have no doubt they will consequently be as much wiser than we have been as we than our fathers were, and they than the burners of witches Thomas Jefferson
In the institution of societies, mankind in all probability thought father of redressing the evils, which they had experienced, than of procuring the several advantages resulting from laws, from commerce, from the arts and sciences, and from all those other improvements so frequently mentioned in history. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
Some are even so absurd as to suppose, that the stock of original ideas is exhausted. DeWitt Clinton
Some foreign governments have now in this country agents to collect our productions. Scientific foreigners are now exploring it with microscopic eyes DeWitt Clinton
Great improvements must also take place which far surpass the momentum of power that a single nation can produce, but will with facility proceed from their united strength. The hand of art will change the face of the universe. Mountains, deserts, and oceans will feel its mighty force. It will not then be debated whether hills shall be prostrated, but whether the Alps and the Andes shall be leveled; nor whether sterile fields shall be fertilized, but whether the deserts of Africa shall feel the power of cultivation; nor whether rivers shall be joined, but whether the Caspian shall see the Mediterranean, and the waves of the Pacific lave the Atlantic. DeWitt Clinton
Several weeks before the Russians launched Sputnik, our team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory asked permission to place a rocket in orbit around the Earth. We could to it with two days of preparation. We had been doing experiments with 2 stage rockets to test materials and designs for nose-cones returning from space. We launched rockets straight up. At the maximum height we turned it around and fired the second stage to drive it straight back to Earth so it could achieve the speed of an object returning from space. We were developing more and more powerful second stage rockets. We had just calculated that our newest second stage had more than enough thrust to, after the ascent, turn the rocket at right angles to the perpendicular, and fire the rocket into orbit around the earth. We could do this easily. The military were initially very enthusiastic. America could be the first nation that put a satellite in orbit. However, the authorities in Washington, not only refused us permission to try, but postponed a number of our regular launches and forbade us from talking to anyone about our capability or request for our experiment.. When Sputnik was launched into orbit a few weeks later, we were really puzzled. No one ever explained why Washington had refused us permission, but we came up with a theory: The issue of the legality under international law of one country having its satellite in orbit over another country’s airspace was not at all settled. If we did satellite reconnaissance in the future over the Soviet Union, the Russians could claim that was an act of war. And we had extensive plans to create such satellites and launch them when we solved all the technical problems in the future. We believe that the authorities knew that the Russians were about to launch Sputnik. By allowing them to be the first to launch, it would be they—not us—who would be setting the precedent of sending satellites over other nation’s airspace and claiming this was not aggression or an act of war as they thought they were way ahead of us. In addition, after WWII, President Eisenhower was having difficulty getting Congress to spend money on rocketry and satellites as well as science and technology including science and mathematics education which was then terrible in America. So allowing the Russians to “beat us” the administration had the issue that they needed, and they allowed the Russians to set the legal precedents that they would have opposed if we were ahead of them and orbited a satellite first. Either President Eisenhower and his team were brilliantly shrewd or they were pretty dumb because we easily could have put our rockets in orbit then. Conway W. Snyder
Man’s greatest advances these last few generations have been made by the application of human intelligence to the management of matter. Now we are confronted by a more difficult problem, the application of intelligence to the management of human relations. Norman Angell
The state may not require that teaching and learning must be tailored to the principles or prohibitions of any religious sect or dogma Abe Fortas
All our scientific progress is like an axe in the hands of a madman. Albert Einstein
Modern physics often advances only by sacrificing some of our traditional philosophical convictions Fritz Wolfgang London
The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction Charles Kettering
Man's achievements rest upon the use of symbols Alfred Korzybski
We have the young people, we have the talent, we have the imagination, we have the technology. But I don't believe we have the leadership and the willingness to accept risk, to achieve great goals. I believe we need a long-term national commitment to explore the universe. And I believe this is an essential investment in the future of our nation — and our beautiful, but environmentally challenged planet… Eugene F. Kranz
What the founders of modern science ... had to do was to destroy one world and replace it by another. They had to reshape the framework of our intellect itself, to restate and to reform its concepts, to evolve a new approach to Being, a new concept of knowledge, and a new concept of science — and even to replace a pretty natural approach, that of common sense, by another which is not natural at all. Alexandre Koyre
Humans can be literally poisoned by false ideas and false teachings. Alfred Korzybski
As the world of chips and glass fibers and wireless waves goes, so goes the rest of the world Kevin Kelly
But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited?....Are we or they Lords of the World? Johannes Kepler
Everyone knows it takes a woman nine months to have a baby. But you Americans think if you get nine women pregnant, you can have a baby in a month. Theodore von Karman
I was trying to sell a dream ... There was very little I could put in concrete to tell these people it was really real. Charles K. Kao
Any competent biologist is aware of a multitude of problems yet unresolved and of questions yet unanswered. After all, biologic research shows no sign of approaching completion; quite the opposite is true. Disagreements and clashes of opinion are rife among biologists, as they should be in a living and growing science. Antievolutionists mistake, or pretend to mistake, these disagreements as indications of dubiousness of the entire doctrine of evolution. Their favorite sport is stringing together quotations, carefully and sometimes expertly taken out of context, to show that nothing is really established or agreed upon among evolutionists. Some of my colleagues and myself have been amused and amazed to read ourselves quoted in a way showing that we are really antievolutionists under the skin. Theodore Dobzhansky
Modern science, when devoted whole-heartedly to the general welfare, has in it potentialities of which we do not yet dream. Henry A. Wallace
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing Jimmy Wales
The excellence of the West lies not in its accomplishments in the sciences, arts and technology, but rather, these accomplishments are the outgrowth of the West's respect for the human being, the recognition of his individuality, the liberty it has granted him, and the establishment of government in the service of the people—the government belongs to the people, and they do not belong to it. This is a qualitative change, unprecedented in human history Ibrahim Buleihi
I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker. Voltaire
Physiological experiment on animals is justifiable for real investigation, but not for mere damnable and detestable curiosity. Charles Darwin
If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find out no such case. Charles Darwin
Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense. Charles Darwin
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. Charles Darwin
It is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. Charles Darwin
When the principles of breeding and of inheritance are better understood, we shall not hear ignorant members of our legislature rejecting with scorn a plan for ascertaining by an easy method whether or not consanguineous marriages are injurious to man. Charles Darwin
We are a society now that is 100 percent dependent on science. Craig Venter
Almost every scientific breakthrough I have ever been associated with was funded with private money. Once we could show it worked, we could get all the government money we wanted. Craig Venter
What governments decide is illegal is not always based on science. Drugs that are legal cause at least as much damage, if not more, than drugs that are illicit. Wim van den Brink
The line between science and magic becomes blurred so that public judgments on technical issues can be erratic or badly flawed. It frequently appears that some people will believe almost anything. Thus judgments can be manipulated or warped by unscrupulous groups. Distortions or outright falsehoods can come to be accepted as fact. Henry W. Kendall
While science and technology play critical roles in sustaining modern civilization, they are not part of our culture in the sense that they are not commonly studied or well comprehended. Neither the potential nor the limitations of science are understood so that what can be achieved and what is beyond reach are not comprehended. Henry W. Kendall
What may appear as a towering peak to one may seem but an ordinary eminence to another. Cargill Gilston Knott
The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist's discoveries impose his own order on chaos. Arthur Koestler
You never know where a breakthrough might occur, so please pursue various possibilities for potential research. Makoto Kobayashi
Scientific theory and its application to the growing needs of mankind advance hand in hand. Cargill Gilston Knott
The Knowledge of Nature tends to enlarge the human Mind, and give us more noble, more grand, and exalted Ideas of the Author of Nature, and if well pursu'd, seldom fails producing something useful to Man. Ebenezer Kinnersley
So give me the political economist, the sanitary reformer, the engineer; and take your saints and virgins, relics and miracles. The spinning-jenny and the railroad, Cunard's liners and the electric telegraph, are to me, if not to you, signs that we are, on some points at least, in harmony with the universe; that there is a mighty spirit working among us, who cannot be your anarchic and destroying Devil, and therefore may be the Ordering and Creating God. Charles Kingsley
We're told that the Arabs loathe us. Really? For liberating the Iraqis? For subsidizing the lifestyles of people in Egypt and Jordan, to name but two, for giving them vast amounts of aid? For providing them with science, medicine, technology and all the other benefits of the West? Arabs should go down on their knees and thank God for the munificence of the United States. Robert Kilroy-Silk
The fact is there is nothing that you can trust; and that is a terrible fact, whether you like it or not. Psychologically, there is nothing in the world that you can put your faith, your trust, or your belief in. Neither your gods, nor your science can save you, can bring you psychological certainty; and you have to accept that you can trust in absolutely nothing. That is a scientific fact, as well as a psychological fact. Because, your leaders—religious and political—and your books—sacred and profane—have all failed, and you are still confused, in misery, in conflict. So, that is an absolute, undeniable fact. Jiddu Krishnamurti
In my opinion, neither organisms nor organizations evolve slowly and surely into something better, but drift until some small change occurs which has immediate and overwhelming significance. The special role of the human being is not to wait for these favorable accidents but deliberately to introduce the small change that will have great significance. Edwin Land
If you sense a deep human need, then you go back to all the basic science. If there is some missing, then you try to do more basic science and applied science until you get it. Edwin Land
Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist. Madeleine L'Engle
Where the frontier of science once was is now the center. Georg C. Lichtenberg
We often do not see what we do not expect to see. Alan Lightman
The Egyptian calendar is the only intelligent calendar that ever existed in human history. Julius Caesar
The star next to Venus is Mercury … it has a similar orbit, but is by no means similar in magnitude or power. It travels in a lower circle, with a revolution nine days quicker, shining sometimes before sunrise and sometimes after sunset, but never more than 22 degrees away from the sun. Sosigenes of Alexandria
Facts are more mundane than fantasies, but a better basis for conclusions. Amory Lovins
The basis of anything is education, so that people not only become qualified, but essentially become able to create new knowledge Jose Leite Lopes
Human cloning and attempts at creating animal-human hybrids are immoral and unethical practices that devalue human life and have questionable, if any, scientific merit. These practices are a direct affront to the sanctity of human life in this state, and have no place in our society. Kris Jordan
The power structure does what they want, when they want; then they try to find reasons to justify it Serge Lang
The beginnings of science have often the appearance of chance. A felicitous accident throws a certain natural fact under the notice of an inquiring and philosophic mind. Dionysius Lardner
Life's most important questions are, for the most part, nothing but probability problems. Pierre-Simon Laplace Laplace
I had no need of that hypothesis. Pierre-Simon Laplace Laplace
People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact. Peter Latham
There is nothing so captivating as new knowledge. Peter Latham
The practice of medicine is jostled by quacks on the one side, and by science on the other. Peter Latham
Remember that no piece of honestly conducted research is ever wasted, even if it seems so at the time. Put it away in a drawer, and ten, twenty or thirty years down the road, it will come back and help you in ways you never anticipated. Anthony James Leggett
All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological, and hence cultural, revolution in generations Lawrence Lessig
Modern civilization depends on science … Joseph Henry
There’s nothing wrong with a politician saying ‘I don’t know.’ Especially in a disaster there is nothing wrong with saying ‘I don’t know.’ David J. Prezant
EARLHAM COLLEGE Richmond, Indiana Is pleasantly situated one mile west of the city, in a beautiful and healthful locality, surrounded by ample lawns and play grounds. There are two regular course of study, of four years each--THE CLASSICAL AND SCIENTIFIC COURSE. The latter includes a more extended course in Natural Science, applied Mathematics, History, English Literature, and German. Among the special aims of the College may be named: the securing of thorough and substantial intellectual training, under such instruction and influence as will help the student in the formation of a character based on Christian principles. Both sexes attend and are accorded equal privileges. Earlham College
All the Congressmen who know nothing about the subject are telling the scientists how to do their research and what kinds to do. Tom Coburn
The universe is composed of matter, and, as a system, is sustained by motion. Motion is not a property of matter, and without this motion the solar system could not exist. Thomas Paine
We now know beyond a doubt that global warming is a reality. And the question we must all answer is, what are we going to do about it? Michael Bloomberg
Of the present state we may justly say, that no nation under heaven ever struck out in so short a time, and with so much spirit and reputation, into the labyrinth of art and science; and that, not in the acquisition of knowledge only, but in the happy advantages flowing from it. The world does not at this day exhibit a parallel, neither can history produce its equal. Thomas Paine
There are brilliant minds at the University. My job is not to exercise power over them but to free them. By being in charge and not exercising power I actually empower my colleagues. Paul Nurse
The Military Academy at West Point … recommends itself more and more to the patronage of the nation, and the numbers of meritorious officers which it forms and introduces to the public service furnishes the means of multiplying the undertakings of the public improvements to which their acquirements at that institution are peculiarly adapted. John Quincy Adams
Gentlemen. Build your telescope but just make sure that it is the biggest one in the world because I won’t pay for anything else. Charles Tyson Yerkes
There is a lot of money getting spent to make sure that a very substantial portion of the public stays totally confused about this. And, I mean, it’s been really quite pernicious. But there’s been literally tens of millions of dollars spent on every little thing that comes along that might, you know, relate to some uncertainty. M. Granger Morgan
The scientist is speaking in a forum to which opposing scientific views are not more or less automatically accorded equal access. The politician is free to select his own experts to develop an issue in the way that has maximum political utility to him. Truth may be only incidental. the scientist is speaking in a forum to which opposing scientific views are not more or less automatically accorded equal access. The politician is free to select his own experts to develop an issue in the way that has maximum political utility to him. Truth may be only incidental. Harvey Brooks
Our ignorance will always remain greater than our knowledge. William C. Clark
Modern science's defense against self-delusion relies upon a spirit of open and critical inquiry. This, though hardly infallible, ostensibly uncovers errors and thereby proceeds towards objective truth William C. Clark
New and useful sciences are essential to our life in this age and are our defense against aggression and humiliation. Muhammad Abduh
The state does not possess trade or industry. Its wealth is the wealth of the people and the people’s wealth is not possible without the spread of these sciences amongst them so that they may know the ways for acquiring wealth. Muhammad Abduh
Throughout the whole length and breadth of India how many national schools are there in existence which educate Moslem boys and girls in their faith and at the same time in modern secular science? Is there even one to every hundred that our nation needs and which we should have established had we been like any other healthy people? There are, indeed, a certain number of old-fashioned … Madrassas which continue to give a parrot-like teaching of the Koran… not one per cent. of the boys understand what they say or why. Muhammed Shah Aga Kahn III
… in an age of accelerating change, when even the most sophisticated skills are quickly outdated, we will find many allies in the developing world who are coming to understand that the most important skill anyone can learn is the ability to go on learning. Aga Khan IV
Do not be an arrogant scholar, for scholarship cannot subsist with arrogance. Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
Acquire knowledge and teach it to the people Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
It is forbidden to sell to Jews and Christians scientific books .... They have in fact translated scientific books and attributed them to their coreligionists and to their bishops, whereas they are really the work of Muslims! lbn Abdun
It is forbidden to sell a coat that once belonged to a leper, or to a Jew or Christian, unless the buyer is informed of its origin; likewise if this garment once belonged to a debauched person lbn Abdun
The real threat to Zionism is the dilution of quality, Jews know that they can land on their feet in any country of the world. The real test for us is to make Israel such an attractive place—such a cutting-edge place in human society, education, culture, science, quality of life that even Americans Jewish young people will want to come here. Ehud Barak
God said that the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood. John Shimkus
Statistics are like blood sausage: they are delicious until you find out how they're made. Álvaro Gomez Hurtado
I tell Administration officials this is the science. This is the recommendation. What they do with it is beyond my control. Julie Gerberding
Our single greatest defense against scientific ignorance is education, and early in the life of every scientist, the child's first interest was sparked by a teacher. Peter Agre
The need for general scientific understanding by the public has never been larger, and the penalty for scientific illiteracy never harsher… Lack of scientific fundamentals causes people to make foolish decisions about issues such as the toxicity of chemicals, the efficacy of medicines, the changes in the global climate. Peter Agre
My father has always held out Scientology and auditing to be based purely on science and not on religious "belief" or faith. We regularly promised and distributed publications with "scientific guarantees". This was and has always been common practice. My father and I created a "religious front" only for tax purposes and legal protection 'from fraud Claims'. We almost always told nearly everyone that Scientology was really science, not a religion, but that the religious front was created to deal with the government. L. Ron Hubbard Jr.; Ron DeWolfe
We shall take the Scopes case to the United States Supreme Court if necessary to establish that a teacher may tell the truth without being thrown in jail. Roger Nash Baldwin
History is replete with examples of what happens when any group of authorities do not have to answer to empirical evidence but are free to define truth as they see fit. None of the examples has a happy ending. Robert Todd Carroll
From a long view of the history of mankind — seen from, say, ten thousand years from now, there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell's discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with this important scientific event of the same decade. Richard P. Feynman
Algorithm Ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi
Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. Wernher von Braun
I think this is going to be a black day in the history of mankind. Leo Szilard
There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers— conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear. Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress. Vannevar Bush
If we have learned anything at all in this century, it is that all new technologies will be put to use, sooner or later, for better or worse, as it is in our nature to do. Lewis Thomas
The Holy Koran, the Prophet’s teachings, the majority of Islamic scientists, and the actual facts all prove that the sun is running in its orbit . . . and that the earth is fixed and stable, spread out by God for his mankind. . . . Anyone who professed otherwise would utter a charge of falsehood toward God, the Koran, and the Prophet. Abd el Aziz bin Baz
The so-called theories of Einstein are merely the ravings of a mind polluted with liberal, democratic nonsense which is utterly unacceptable … Walter Gross
By fearing whom I trust I find my way To truth; by trusting wholly I betray The trust of wisdom; better far is doubt Which brings the false into the light of day. Abdallah Al-Maarri
My own interest in marijuana goes back many years, to the time when I was a member of the House of Representatives and, in that capacity, heard of the use of marihuana by soldiers stationed in Panama. I was impressed at that time with the report of an Army Board of Inquiry which emphasized the relative harmlessness of the drug and the fact that it played a very little role, if any, in problems of delinquency and crime in the Canal Zone. Fiorello H. La Guardia
There really is not a new law of nature. It was all in the theory to begin with but nobody worked it out. Willis Eugene Lamb Jr.
Somebody’s got to stand up against these experts. John Donald McLeroy
In science, nobody has been right for 100 years since Aristotle. Anonymous
The sciences which we feel in need of is thought of by some people to be technology and other means of mastering agriculture and trade. This is false, for if we look at what we complain of, we find something deeper than the mere lack of technology and similar disciplines...The science which will revive the souls is the science of disciplining the soul. Such a discipline exists only in religion, therefore what we lack is extensive knowledge of the ethics of religion and what we need in accordance with our feelings is to have a true understanding of religion. Muhammad Abduh
With 5% of the world’s population, the United States employs about a third of all the research and development workers in the world. Jack Marburger
In the tragic situation which confronts humanity, we feel that scientists should assemble in conference to appraise the perils that have arisen as a result of the development of weapons of mass destruction.... There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal, as human beings, to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death. Albert Einstein; Bertrand Russell
Humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. A well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research. Marie Curie
A divine revelation must necessarily be intolerant of contradiction; it must repudiate all improvement in itself, and view with disdain that arising from the progressive intellectual development of man. John William Draper
Three ideas stand out above all others in the influence they have exerted and are destined to exert upon the development of the human race: The idea of the Golden Rule, the idea of natural law, and the idea of age-long growth, or evolution. Robert Andrews Millikan
Stem cell research has the greatest promise of any scientific development. Orrin Hatch
The country that spends the most per GDP on research and development is Israel. George P. Shultz
It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man! George Gamow
Excessive bureaucracy is distracting, time-consuming, and destructive to creativity. Jerome Isaac Friedman
We should willingly take risks in supporting new projects. The tendency is to play it safe when funding is low, but we need to remember that the greatest risks have the greatest payoffs. Jerome Isaac Friedman
Innovation is the key to the future, but basic research is the key to future innovation. Jerome Isaac Friedman
It is not observation but theory that led me to this result that experience has confirmed afterwards. Augustin-Jean Fresnel
I find nothing so painful as having to lead men. Augustin-Jean Fresnel
Primary causes are unknown to us; but are subject to simple and constant laws, which may be discovered by observation, the study of them being the object of natural philosophy. Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier
The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an exceedingly high degree of improbability Ronald Fisher
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Have no respect whatsoever for authority; forget who said it and instead look what he starts with, where he ends up, and ask yourself, "Is it reasonable? Richard P. Feynman
Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. Richard P. Feynman
I believe in limited government. I believe that government should be limited in many ways, …. No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race Richard P. Feynman
The exception tests the rule. Or, put another way, The exception proves that the rule is wrong." That is the principle of science. If there is an exception to any rule, and if it can be proved by observation, that rule is wrong. Richard P. Feynman
if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. Enrico Fermi
Discoveries in physics are made when the time for making them is ripe, and not before. Clinton Joseph Davisson
The progress of science is tremendously disorderly, and the motivations that lead to this progress are tremendously varied. Max Ludwig Henning Delbruck
Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong. David Franklin Fasold
It is easy to lie with statistics. It is hard to tell the truth without it. Andrejs Dunkels
Science knows no boundaries, and efforts to create barriers – whether to keep new ideas within or to prevent new ones from entering from the outside – have universally proved harmful to progress. Sidney Drell
Yet you must not cling to the words of the old sages either; they, too, may not be right. Even if you believe them, you should be alert so that, in the event that something superior comes along, you may follow that. Dogen
The chimpanzees' closest relative is not the gorilla but humans. Jared Diamond
Every problem that is interesting is also soluble David Deutsch
To say that prediction is the purpose of a scientific theory is to confuse means with ends. It is like saying that the purpose of a spaceship is to burn fuel. ... Passing experimental tests is only one of many things a theory has to do to achieve the real purpose of science, which is to explain the world. David Deutsch
No longer is science asked to understand the world, or to improve any part of it. It is asked instead to immediately justify everything that happens....spectacular domination has cut down the vast tree of scientific knowledge in order to make itself a truncheon. Guy Debord
Pi is exactly equal to 3.2 Edwin Johnston Goodwin
If you understand how a rainbow works, it does not make it less magnificent; it makes it more magnificent. Richard P. Feynman
The wonderful thing about science is that in science, faith is shakable. Lawrence M. Krauss
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
An unknown must be recognized as being unknown in order to be explored. Richard P. Feynman
With every new idea, it takes a generation or two until it becomes obvious that there's no real problem. Richard P. Feynman
The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking. H. L. Mencken
Fortunately science, like that nature to which it belongs, is neither limited by time nor by space. It belongs to the world, and is of no country and of no age … Humphry Davy
Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer. Humphry Davy
Would it be too bold to imagine that, in the great length of time since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind would it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament, which the great First Cause endued with animality, with the power of acquiring new parts, attended with new propensities, directed by irritations, sensations, volitions and associations, and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down these improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end! Erasmus Darwin
In medicine it is … necessary that causes both health and disease should be determined. Avicenna
The Physicist was the darling of the cold war …atomic energy was responsible for so much of the politics of the Cold War. Neil deGrasse Tyson
You are challenged to avoid mediocrity, acquire knowledge from the sages of antiquity, the achievements of the scientific present, and the prophets of the living God. John H. Vandenberg
The good Christian should beware of mathematicians …. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell. Saint Augustine
Health has its science as well as disease Elizabeth Blackwell
The intelligence and ability of a colored person are in pretty direct proportion to the amount of white blood he has, and . . . most of the positions of leadership, influence, and prominence in the Negro race are held not by real Negroes but by Mulattoes, many of whom have very little Negro blood. . . . Madison Grant
Even if every gene in the human body were cloned it would be impossible to reconstitute a human being …. To find a substance freely occurring in nature is mere discovery, and is therefore unpatentable. However, if a substance has first to be isolated from its surroundings and a process for obtaining it is developed, that process is patentable European Patent Office
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth. Voltaire; Francois-Marie
… to develop a plan to promote better science education David Vitter
Happy is the one who knows the causes of things. Virgil
Let no man who is not a Mathematician read the elements of my work. Leonardo da Vinci
The Book of the science of Mechanics must precede the Book of useful inventions. Leonardo da Vinci
Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth. Jules Verne
Moving forward in science is as much unwinding the distorted thinking of the past as it is putting a clearer idea on the table. Craig Venter
The science is clear. The economics is clear. As usual, the politics is the problem. Jackson
Mathematics is one of the essential emanations of the human spirit, a thing to be valued in and for itself, like art or poetry. Oswald Veblen
There are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases. Marcus Terentius Varro
Faith feels itself secure neither with universal consent, nor with tradition, nor with authority. It seeks support of its enemy, reason. Miguel de Unamuno
The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data. John Tukey
Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise. John Tukey
The science of improvement of the human race germ plasm through better breeding Francis Galton
The Exploration of Cosmic Space by Means of Reaction Devices Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
I realize the tragic significance of the atomic bomb. Its production and its use were not lightly undertaken by this Government. But we knew that our enemies were on the search for it. We know now how close they were to finding it. And we knew the disaster which would come to this Nation, and to all peace-loving nations, to all civilization, if they had found it first. That is why we felt compelled to undertake the long and uncertain and costly labor of discovery and production. We won the race of discovery against the Germans. Harry S Truman
The whole proceeding was little more than a kangaroo court. James Bryant Conant
If a [democratic] society displays less brilliance than an aristocracy, there will also be less wretchedness. Alexis de Tocqueville
The spirit of sect and bigotry has planted its hoof amid the stars. You have only to discuss the problem, whether the stars are inhabited or not, in order to discover it. Henry David Thoreau
You can hardly convince a man of an error in a lifetime, but must content yourself with the reflection that the progress of science is slow. If he is not convinced, his grandchildren may be. Henry David Thoreau
Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one. Henry David Thoreau
… only today, or yesterday at the earliest, after the long millenniums of man's life on this planet, has he acquired the technical skill, the command over the forces of nature, the physical power to produce enough and more for all his children upon the face of the earth. Norman Thomas
If we have learned anything at all in this century, it is that all new technologies will be put to use, sooner or later, for better or worse, as it is in our nature to do. Lewis Thomas
If... the motion of the earth were circular, it would be violent and contrary to nature, and could not be eternal, since ... nothing violent is eternal .... It follows, therefore, that the earth is not moved with a circular motion. Thomas Aquinas
If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. ... I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor. Nikola Tesla
The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. Nikola Tesla
Einstein’s relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king... its exponents are brilliant men but they are metaphysicists rather than scientists. Nikola Tesla
To conquer by sheer force is becoming harder and harder every day. Defensive is getting continuously the advantage of offensive, as we progress in the satanic science of destruction. Nikola Tesla
Humanity is not yet sufficiently advanced to be willingly led by the discoverer's keen searching sense. But who knows? Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention instead of being helped and patted, be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence — by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the heartless strife of commercial existence. So do we get our light. So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle. Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla's achievements in electrical science are monuments that symbolize America as a land of freedom and opportunity ... Tesla's mind was a human dynamo that whirled to benefit mankind David Sarnoff
Secrecy in science does not work. Withholding information does more damage to us than to our competitors. Edward Teller
Poverty, and material and moral misery, are everywhere. There is little to cheer us. Unfortunately, this is the true state of the country. It’s not our fault: unthinking rulers, ignorant of the way of the world, have run this country for years, not to say centuries, and reduced a paradise to this sorry state. Most of our officials are inexperienced and at a loss. Our poor people have ability, but they have fallen under the influence of superstitions which have been presented as sacred dogma. Kemal Ataturk
Economists are evaluated on how intelligent they sound, not on a scientific measure of their knowledge of reality Nassim Nicholas Taleb
In science you need to understand the world; in business you need others to misunderstand it. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
For the robust, an error is information. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
So, naturalists observe, a flea Hath smaller fleas that on him prey ;, And these have smaller still to bit 'em ;, And so proceed ad infinitum. Thus every poet, in his kind, Is bit by him that comes behind. Jonathan Swift
Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it.… Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory. Jimmy Swaggart
If the word of God and scholarship disagree, then to Hell with scholarship! Billy Sunday
Every result of science is provisional and subject to future revision Leo Strauss
People who worry about genetically modified food, a technology which has been tested and proven safe, talk to each other on cell phones which have not been tested and proven safe. Michael Crichton
In some countries the effort to debate and legislate the social and ethical implications of the new biological and genetic technologies often precedes their application. This observation confirms the realization by the public that biotechnological applications will interfere with all the basic and profound value systems considered by every human being Calum MacKellar
The nations that are achieving something have no taste for poetry Muhammad Iqbal
I have no doubt that it is possible to give a new direction to technological development, a direction that shall lead it back to the real needs of man, and that also means: to the actual size of man. Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful. Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
When it comes to scientific matters the ready talkers simply run riot. There are a lot of pseudo-scientists who with a little technical jargon to spatter through their talk are always getting in the limelight Charles Proteus Steinmetz
We are still waging Peloponnesian wars. Our control of the material world and our positive science have grown fantastically. But our very achievements turn against us, making politics more random and wars more bestial. George Steiner
The intellectual development of man, far from having gotten men away from war, has, rather, on the contrary, brought them to a refinement always more perfected in the art of killing. They even came to raise the methods of slaughter to the rank of "science". Afrikan Aleksandrovich Spir
... anyone who seeks for the true causes of miracles, and strives to understand natural phenomena as an intelligent being, and not to gaze at them like a fool, is set down and denounced as an impious heretic by those, whom the masses adore as the interpreters of nature and the gods. Such persons know that, with the removal of ignorance, the wonder which forms their only available means for proving and preserving their authority would vanish also. Baruch Spinoza
The ultimate aim of politics is not politics, but the activities which can be practiced within the political framework of the State. Therefore an effective statement of these activities — e.g. science, art, religion — is in itself a declaration of ultimate aims around which the political means will crystallize Stephen Spender
If a single cell, under appropriate conditions, becomes a man in the space of a few years, there can surely be no difficulty in understanding how, under appropriate conditions, a cell may, in the course of untold millions of years, give origin to the human race. Herbert Spencer
As nine months go to the shaping an infant ripe for his birth, So many a million of ages have gone to the making of man Alfred Tennyson
Those who cavalierly reject the Theory of Evolution, as not adequately supported by facts, seem quite to forget that their own theory is supported by no facts at all. Like the majority of men who are born to a given belief, they demand the most rigorous proof of any adverse belief, but assume that their own needs none. Herbert Spencer
When we have not the strength or the courage to grasp a new truth, we persuade ourselves that it is not a truth at all. John Lancaster Spalding
Global warming' is just the latest in a long line of hysterical crusades to which we seem to be increasingly susceptible. Thomas Sowell
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. Frederick Soddy
The landed classes neglected technical education, taking refuge in classical studies; as late as 1930, for example, long after Ernest Rutherford at Cambridge had discovered the atomic nucleus and begun transmuting elements, the physics laboratory at Oxford had not been wired for electricity. Intellectuals neglect technical education to this day. Richard Rhodes
In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? Or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue? What does the world yet owe to American physicians or surgeons? What new substances have their chemists discovered? Or what old ones have they advanced? What new constellations have been discovered by the telescopes of Americans? Who drinks out of American glasses? Or eats from American plates? Or wears American coats or gowns? or sleeps in American blankets? Finally, under which of the old tyrannical governments of Europe is every sixth man a slave, whom his fellow-creatures may buy and sell and torture? Sydney Smith
Cross pollination of fields, innovation in one stimulates revolutionary changes in another. All the instruments in a hospital which allow us observation of the human body without cutting you open were based on principles of physicists developed by physicists who had no interest in medicine. This is the way innovation moves from one field to another. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Who brings tomorrow into the present if not the scientists, technicians and engineers? Neil deGrasse Tyson
Every sentence in order to have definite scientific meaning must be practically or at least theoretically verifiable as either true or false upon the basis of experimental measurements either practically or theoretically obtainable by carrying out a definite and previously specified operation in the future. Walter Andrew Shewhart
The recent medical controversy over whether vaccinations cause autism reveals a habit of human cognition—thinking anecdotally comes naturally, whereas thinking scientifically does not. Michael Shermer
We must prove design before we can infer a designer. Percy Bysshe Shelley
The progress of science can be said to be harmful to religion only in so far as it is used for evil aims and not because it claims a priority over religion in its revelation to man. Haile Selassie
modern civilization and the progress of science have greatly improved man's life and have brought comfort and ease in their trail. But civilization can serve man both for good as well as for evil purposes. Experience shows that it has invariably brought great dividends to those who use it for good purposes while it has always brought incalculable harm and damnation to those who use it for evil purposes Haile Selassie
It is almost instinctive in science to accept contrary views, because disagreeing gives you guidance to experimental tests of ideas -- your own and those offered by others… Frederick Seitz
... things that people learn purely out of curiosity can have a revolutionary effect on human affairs. Frederick Seitz
… the time scale of one scientific generation is much too long for the rapid pace of experimental discovery. Julian Seymour Schwinger
We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late... The science is clear. The global warming debate is over. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nature has no reverence towards life. Nature treats life as though it were the most valueless thing in the world.... Erwin Schrodinger
Do not waste your faith and love on the political world, but, in the divine world of science and art, offer up your inmost being in a fiery stream of eternal creation. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
To do successful research, you don't need to know everything, you just need to know one thing that isn't known. Arthur Leonard Schawlow
Mathematics is the true language that the universe is written in. They key to understanding the world around us. Marcus du Sautoy
Mathematicians aren't motivated by money and material gain, or even by practical applications of their work. For us it's the glory of solving one of the great unsolved problems that have outwitted previous generations of mathematicians. …. Despite all the things we've discovered over the last 7 millennia, there are still many things we don't understand. Marcus du Sautoy
... science is the most revolutionary force in the world. George Sarton
Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do. Jonas Salk
There are three stages of truth. First is that it can't be true, and that's what they said. “You couldn't immunize against polio with a killed-virus vaccine.” Second phase: they say, "Well, if it's true, it's not very important. And the third stage is, 'Well, we've known it all along. Jonas Salk
We were told in one lecture that it was possible to immunize against diphtheria and tetanus by the use of chemically treated toxins, or toxoids. And the following lecture, we were told that for immunization against a virus disease, you have to experience the infection, and that you could not induce immunity with the so-called "killed" or inactivated, chemically treated virus preparation. Well, somehow, that struck me. What struck me was that both statements couldn't be true. Jonas Salk
Obviously I would hope that women would be discouraged from having abortions if they know that there's an increased risk, but clearly if we care about women we should want them to know about this elevated risk. What's the damage of women being told some people think there's a link between abortion and breast cancer? What does that hurt? ... All I've said is that studies show that there is a statistical link between abortion and breast cancer, an increased risk, and women before they have an abortion should be told. William T. Sali
The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity. Carl Sagan
I hope my studies may be an encouragement to other women, especially to young women, to devote their lives to the larger interests of the mind. It matters little whether men or women have the more brains; all we women need to do to exert our proper influence is just to use all the brains we have. Florence R. Sabin
It is my interpretation from the Koran that all people have equal rights. That means men and women, Muslims and non-Muslims too, and in a society where all people have equal rights, that means all people should make decisions equally. ... This doesn't mean that we're changing God's law, It just means we're reinterpreting laws according to the development of science — and the realities of the times. Yousef Saanei
It can even be thought that radium could become very dangerous in criminal hands, and here the question can be raised whether mankind benefits from knowing the secrets of Nature, whether it is ready to profit from it or whether this knowledge will not be harmful for it. The example of the discoveries of Nobel is characteristic, as powerful explosives have enabled man to do wonderful work. They are also a terrible means of destruction in the hands of great criminals who lead the peoples towards war. I am one of those who believe with Nobel that mankind will derive more good than harm from the new discoveries. Pierre Curie
We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity. Marie Curie
In the enfranchised mind of the scientific naturalist, the usual feelings of repugnance simply do not exist. Curiosity conquers prejudice. Bruce F. Cummings; W. N. P.
How I hate the man who talks about the 'brute creation', with an ugly emphasis on Brute. Only Christians are capable of it. As for me, I am proud of my close kinship with other animals. I take a jealous pride in my Simian ancestry. I like to think that I was once a magnificent hairy fellow living in the trees and that my frame has come down through geological time via sea jelly and worms and Amphioxus, Fish, Dinosaurs, and Apes. Who would exchange these for the pallid couple in the Garden of Eden? Bruce F. Cummings; W. N. P.
England and all civilized nations stand in deadly peril of not having enough to eat. As mouths multiply, food resources dwindle. Land is a limited quantity, and the land that will grow wheat is absolutely dependent on difficult and capricious natural phenomena... I hope to point a way out of the colossal dilemma. It is the chemist who must come to the rescue of the threatened communities. It is through the laboratory that starvation may ultimately be turned into plenty... The fixation of atmospheric nitrogen is one of the great discoveries, awaiting the genius of chemists. William Crookes
Like other government research, big bucks academic research is done to understand the nature and structure of the universe or to understand life, which really means that it is either for blowing up the world or extending life, whichever comes first. Robert X. Cringely
And now the announcement of Watson and Crick about DNA. This is for me the real proof of the existence of God. Salvador Dali
There is no form of prose more difficult to understand and more tedious to read than the average scientific paper. Francis Crick
It is notoriously difficult to define the word living. Francis Crick
Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved. Francis Crick
The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance. Robert R. Coveyou
Give me the map of any country, its configuration, its climate, its waters, its winds, and the whole of its physical geography; give me its natural productions, its flora, its zoology, &c., and I pledge myself to tell you, a priori, what will be the quality of man in history:—not accidentally, but necessarily; not at any particular epoch, but in all; Victor Cousin
The sciences are monuments devoted to the public good; each citizen owes to them a tribute proportional to his talents. Charles Augustin de Coulomb
But shall gravity be therefore called an occult cause, and thrown out of philosophy, because the cause of gravity is occult and not yet discovered? Those who affirm this, should be careful not to fall into an absurdity that may overturn the foundations of all philosophy. For causes usually proceed in a continued chain from those that are more compounded to those that are more simple; when we are arrived at the most simple cause we can go no farther ... These most simple causes will you then call occult and reject them? Then you must reject those that immediately depend on them. Roger Cotes
I would beg the wise and learned fathers (of the church) to consider with all diligence the difference which exists between matters of mere opinion and matters of demonstration. ... [I]t is not in the power of professors of the demonstrative sciences to alter their opinions at will, so as to be now of one way of thinking and now of another. ... Demonstrated conclusions about things in nature of the heavens, do not admit of being altered with the same ease as opinions to what is permissible or not, under a contract, mortgage, or bill of exchange. Galileo Galilei
All the spheres revolve about the sun as their mid-point, and therefore the sun is the center of the universe. Nicolaus Copernicus
Scientist Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In the collecting of evidence upon any medical subject, there are but three sources from which we can hope to obtain it: viz. from observation of the living subject; from examination of the dead; and from experiments upon living animals. Astley Paston Cooper
Heredity is to-day the central problem of biology. This problem may be approached from many sides—that of the breeder, the experimenter, the statistician, the physiologist, the embryologist, the cytologist—but the mechanism of heredity can be studied best by the investigation of the germ cells and their development. Edwin Grant Conklin
All phenomena] are equally susceptible of being calculated, and all that is necessary, to reduce the whole of nature to laws similar to those which Newton discovered with the aid of the calculus, is to have a sufficient number of observations and a mathematics that is complex enough. Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat Condorcet
… new concepts arise from experiments and observations, and … the new concepts in turn lead to further experiments and observations. James Bryant Conant
Foreknowledge is power. Auguste Comte
In mathematics we find the primitive source of rationality; and to mathematics must the biologists resort for means to carry out their researches. Auguste Comte
All good intellects have repeated, since Bacon's time, that there can be no real knowledge but that which is based on observed facts. This is incontestable, in our present advanced stage; but, if we look back to the primitive stage of human knowledge, we shall see that it must have been otherwise Auguste Comte
There is no shame in admitting that the ultimate principle of all the wonders of the universe is unknown to us. Francesco Marla Pompeo Colonna
What more powerful form of study of mankind could there be than to read our own instruction book? Francis Collins
Decoding the human genome is the most significant undertaking that we have mounted so far in an organized way in all of science. I believe that reading our blueprints, cataloguing our own instruction book, will be judged by history as more significant than even splitting the atom or going to the moon. Francis Collins
A mathematical theorem can be true whether or not it is realized in the world. Lisa Randall
To the scientist, nature is always and merely a 'phenomenon,' not in the sense of being defective in reality, but in the sense of being a spectacle presented to his intelligent observation; whereas the events of history are never mere phenomena, never mere spectacles for contemplation, but things which the historian looks, not at, but through, to discern the thought within them. Robin G. Collingwood
A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that ... he is going to be a beginner all his life. Robin G. Collingwood
Gods are fragile things they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. Chapman Cohen
All revolutionary advances in science may consist less of sudden and dramatic revelations than a series of transformations, of which the revolutionary significance may not be seen (except afterwards, by historians) until the last great step. In many cases the full potentiality and force of a most radical step in such a sequence of transformations may not even be manifest to its author. I. Bernard Cohen
We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt, this is the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by human kind. Bill Clinton
If I let myself believe anything on insufficient evidence, there may be no great harm done by the mere belief; it may be true after all, or I may never have occasion to exhibit it in outward acts. But I cannot help doing this great wrong towards Man, that I make myself credulous. The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them; for then it must sink back into savagery. William Kingdon Clifford
The first duty of man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Science is really about describing the way the universe works in one aspect or another in all branches of science—how a life-form works, how this works, how that works. ... You have to have a natural curiosity for that. Steven Chu
Education in my family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'être. Virtually all of our aunts and uncles had Ph.d. 's in science or engineering, and it was taken for granted that the next generation of Chu's were to follow the family tradition. When the dust had settled, my two brothers and four cousins collected three MDs, four Ph.d. s and a law degree. I could manage only a single advanced degree. Steven Chu
The Universe repeats itself, with the possible exception of history. Of all earthly studies history is the only one that does not repeat itself. ... Astronomy repeats itself; botany repeats itself; trigonometry repeats itself; mechanics repeats itself; compound long division repeats itself. Every sum if worked out in the same way at any time will bring out the same answer. ... A great many moderns say that history is a science; if so it occupies a solitary and splendid elevation among the sciences; it is the only science the conclusions of which are always wrong. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The solutions put forth by imperialism are the quintessence of simplicity...When they speak of the problems of population and birth, they are in no way moved by concepts related to the interests of the family or of society...Just when science and technology are making incredible advances in all fields, they resort to technology to suppress revolutions and ask the help of science to prevent population growth. In short, the peoples are not to make revolutions, and women are not to give birth. This sums up the philosophy of imperialism. Fidel Castro
Facts are placed before reasonings and before ideals, even though the reasonings and the ideals be more beautiful, be seemingly more lofty, be seemingly better, be seemingly truer. The seemingly absurd and the seemingly impossible are sometimes true. The scientific disposition is to accept facts upon evidence, however absurd they may appear to our pre-conceptions. Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin
I do not conceive of any manifestation of culture, of science, of art, as purposes in themselves. I think the purpose of science and culture is man. Fidel Castro
Relativity was a highly technical new theory that gave new meanings to familiar concepts and even to the nature of the theory itself. The general public looked upon relativity as indicative of the seemingly incomprehensible modern era, educated scientists despaired of ever understanding what Einstein had done, and political ideologues used the new theory to exploit public fears and anxieties—all of which opened a rift between science and the broader culture that continues to expand today. David Cassidy
When a body acts upon another one, it is always immediately or through some intermediate body; this intermediate body is in general what one calls a machine. Lazare Nicolas Marguerite Carnot
People ask, 'Is the science going to run ahead of the ethics?' I don't think that's always the problem. I think it's that the science runs ahead of the politics. Bioethics can alert people to something coming down the road, but it doesn't mean policy and politicians are going to pay attention. They tend to respond when there's an immediate crisis. The job of the ethicist, in some ways, is to warn or be prophetic. You can yell loudly, but you can't necessarily get everybody to leave the cinema, so to speak. Arthur Caplan
A life spent in the routine of science need not destroy the attractive human element of a woman's nature. Annie Jump Cannon
Scientists are the true driving force of civilization. James E. Burke
No one will be able to deter the scientific mind from probing into the unknown any more than Canute could command the tides. Warren E. Burger
The Constitution never sanctioned the patenting of gadgets. Patents serve a higher end—the advance of science. William O. Douglas
In science, address the few; in literature, the many. In science, the few must dictate opinion to the many; in literature, the many, sooner or later, force their judgment on the few…. In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton; 1st Baron of Knebworth
I suspect that the most important effect of World War II on physical science lay in the change in the attitude of people to science. The politicians and the public were convinced that science was useful and were in no position to argue about the details. A professor of physics might be more sinister than he was in the 1930s, but he was no longer an old fool with a beard in a comic-strip. The scientists or at any rate the physicists, had changed their attitude. They not only believed in the interest of science for themselves, they had acquired also a belief that the tax-payer should and would pay for it and would, in some unspecified length of run, benefit by it. Edward Bullard
Let us suppose, that the Old and New worlds were formerly but one continent, and that, by a violent earthquake, the ancient Atlantis of Plato was sunk ... The sea would necessarily rush in from all quarters, and form what is now called the Atlantic ocean. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Let us investigate more closely this property common to animal and plant, this power of producing its likeness, this chain of successive existences of individuals, which constitutes the real existence of the species. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Geology has shared the fate of other infant sciences, in being for a while considered hostile to revealed religion; so like them, when fully understood, it will be found a potent and consistent auxiliary to it, exalting our conviction of the Power, and Wisdom, and Goodness of the Creator. William Buckland
Thus with every advance in our scientific knowledge new elements come up, often forcing us to recast our entire picture of physical reality. No doubt, theorists would much prefer to perfect and amend their theories rather than be obliged to scrap them continually. But this obligation is the condition and price of all scientific progress. Louis-Victor de Broglie
I would much rather be a perfected ape than a degraded Adam. Yes, if it is shown to me that my humble ancestors were quadrupedal animals, arboreal herbivores, brothers or cousins of those who were also the ancestors of monkeys and apes, far from blushing in shame for my species because of its genealogy and parentage, I will be proud of all that evolution has accomplished, of the continuous improvement which takes us up to the highest order, of the successive triumphs that have made us superior to all of the other species ... the splendid work of progress. Paul Broca
By far the most important consequence of the conceptual revolution brought about in physics by relativity and quantum theory lies not in such details as that meter sticks shorten when they move or that simultaneous position and momentum have no meaning, but in the insight that we had not been using our minds properly and that it is important to find out how to do so Percy W. Bridgman
And why does England thus persecute the votaries of her science? Why does she depress them to the level of her hewers of wood and her drawers of water? Is it because science flatters no courtier, mingles in no political strife? ... Can we behold unmoved the science of England, the vital principle of her arts, struggling for existence, the meek and unarmed victim of political strife? David Brewster
Thus identified with astronomy, in proclaiming truths supposed to be hostile to Scripture, Geology has been denounced as the enemy of religion. The twin sisters of terrestrial and celestial physics have thus been joint-heirs of intolerance and persecution—unresisting victims in the crusade which ignorance and fanaticism are ever waging against science. When great truths are driven to make an appeal to reason, knowledge becomes criminal, and philosophers martyrs. Truth, however, like all moral powers, can neither be checked nor extinguished. When compressed, it but reacts the more. It crushes where it cannot expand—it burns where it is not allowed to shine. David Brewster
A scientific truth must be maintained, however contradictory it may appear to the most cherished doctrines of religion. David Brewster
Science knows only one commandment—contribute to science. Bertolt Brecht
The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error. Bertolt Brecht
Art and science coincide insofar as both aim to improve the lives of men and women. The latter normally concerns itself with profit, the former with pleasure. In the coming age, art will fashion our entertainment out of new means of productivity in ways that will simultaneously enhance our profit and maximize our pleasure. Bertolt Brecht
Our two greatest problems are gravity and paper work. We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. Wernher von Braun
If the omniscient author of nature knew that the study of his works tends to make men disbelieve his Being or Attributes, he would not have given them so many invitations to study and contemplate Nature. Robert Boyle
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. Lawrence Bragg
Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful. George Edward Pelham Box
All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed. Max Born
… in practical affairs, particularly in politics, men are needed who combine human experience and interest in human relations with a knowledge of science and technology. Moreover, they must be men of action and not contemplation. I have the impression that no method of education can produce people with all the qualities required. I am haunted by the idea that this break in human civilization, caused by the discovery of the scientific method, may be irreparable. Max Born
Science in our technical age has social, economic, and political functions, and however remote one's own work is from technical application it is a link in the chain of actions and decisions which determine the fate of the human race. Max Born
… theoretical physics is actual philosophy. It has revolutionized fundamental concepts, e.g., about space and time (relativity), about causality (quantum theory), and about substance and matter (atomistics), and it has taught us new methods of thinking (complementarity) which are applicable far beyond physics. Max Born
Only dead mathematics can be taught where the attitude of competition prevails: living mathematics must always be a communal possession. Mary Everest Boole
I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded. Gail Borden
Algebras deal not with laws of number, but with such laws of the human thinking machinery as have been discovered in the course of investigations on numbers. Plane geometry deals with such laws of thought as were discovered by men intent on finding out how to measure surface; and solid geometry with such additional laws of thought as were discovered when men began to extend geometry into three dimensions. Mary Everest Boole
… as science advances religion necessarily recedes, and this is a process I wish to encourage, because I consider that, on the whole, the influence of religion is malign. William Bowen Bonnor
The increasing technicality of the terminology employed is also a serious difficulty. It has become necessary to learn an extensive vocabulary before a book in even a limited department of science can be consulted with much profit. This change, of course, has its advantages for the initiated, in securing precision and concisement of statement; but it tends to narrow the field in which an investigator can labor, and it cannot fail to become, in the future, a serious impediment … Thomas George Bonney
The advancement and perfection of mathematics are intimately connected with the prosperity of the State. Napoleon Bonaparte
… one must never forget that in the drama of existence we are ourselves both actors and spectators. Niels Bohr
The common aim of all science is the gradual removal of prejudice. Niels Bohr
It were indeed to be wished that our art had been less ingenious, in contriving means destructive to mankind; we mean those instruments of war, which were unknown to the ancients, and have made such havoc among the moderns. But as men have always been bent on seeking each other's destruction by continual wars; and as force, when brought against us, can only be repelled by force; the chief support of war, must, after money, be now sought in chemistry. Hermann Boerhaave
There is no fundamental difference in the ways of thinking of primitive and civilized man. A close connection between race and personality has never been established. Franz Boas
The sciences are of a sociable disposition, and flourish best in the neighborhood of each other; William Blackstone
No politics, no committees, no reports, no referees, no interviews – just highly motivated people picked by a few men of good judgment. James Whyte Black
Science now finds itself in paradoxical strife with society: admired but mistrusted; offering hope for the future but creating ambiguous choice; richly supported yet unable to fulfill all its promise; boasting remarkable advances but criticized for not serving more directly the goals of society. J. Michael Bishop
Engineering or Technology is the making of things that did not previously exist, whereas science is the discovering of things that have long existed. David Billington
No one believes an hypothesis except its originator but everyone believes an experiment except the experimenter. Most people are ready to believe something based on experiment but the experimenter knows the many little things that could have gone wrong in the experiment. For this reason the discoverer of a new fact seldom feels quite so confident of it as others do. William Beveridge
Many discoveries must have been stillborn or smothered at birth. We know only those which survived. William Beveridge
We need science education to produce scientists, but we need it equally to create literacy in the public. Man has a fundamental urge to comprehend the world about him … Hans Albrecht Bethe
How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law? Joseph Bertrand
I do not want chemistry to degenerate into a religion; I do not want the chemist to believe in the existence of atoms as the Christian believes in the existence of Christ in the communion wafer. Marcellin Berthelot
I submit a body of facts which cannot be invalidated. My opinions may be doubted, denied, or approved, according as they conflict or agree with the opinions of each individual who may read them; but their worth will be best determined by the foundation on which they rest—the incontrovertible facts. William Beaumont
Knowing what we now know about living systems—how they replicate and how they mutate—we are beginning to know how to control their evolutionary futures. To a considerable extent we now do that with the plants we cultivate and the animals we domesticate. This is, in fact, a standard application of genetics today. We could even go further, for there is no reason why we cannot in the same way direct our own evolutionary futures. I wish to emphasize, however—and emphatically—that whether we should do this and, if so, how, are not questions science alone can answer. They are for society as a whole to think about. Scientists can say what the consequences might be, but they are not justified in going further except as responsible members of society. George Wells Beadle
… there must never be the least hesitation in giving up a position the moment it is shown to be untenable. It is not going too far to say that the greatness of a scientific investigator does not rest on the fact of his having never made a mistake, but rather on his readiness to admit that he has done so, whenever the contrary evidence is cogent enough. William Bayliss
Science is a progressive activity. The outstanding peculiarity of man is that he stumbled onto the possibility of progressive activities. Such progress, the accumulation of experience from generation to generation, depended first on the development of language, then of writing and finally of printing. These allowed the accumulation of tradition and of knowledge, of the whole aura of cultural inheritance that surrounds us. This has so conditioned our existence that it is almost impossible for us to stop and examine the nature of our culture. We accept it as we accept the air we breathe; we are as unconscious of our culture as a fish, presumably, is of water. Marston Bates
Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind. Marston Bates
It is not clear to anyone, least of all the practitioners, how science and technology in their headlong course do or should influence ethics and law, education and government, art and social philosophy, religion and the life of the affections. Yet science is an all-pervasive energy, for it is at once a mode of thought, a source of strong emotion, and a faith as fanatical as any in history. Jacques Barzun
Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the one who asked 'why.' Bernard Baruch
I do not believe that the present flowering of science is due in the least to a real appreciation of the beauty and intellectual discipline of the subject. It is due simply to the fact that power, wealth and prestige can only be obtained by the correct application of science. Derek H. R. Barton
… science is the great instrument of social change, all the greater because its object is not change but knowledge, and its silent appropriation of this dominant function, amid the din of political and religious strife, is the most vital of all the revolutions which have marked the development of modern civilization. Arthur Balfour
One of the commonest dietary superstitions of the day is a belief in instinct as a guide to dietary excellence ... with a corollary that the diets of primitive people are superior to diets approved by science ... [and even] that light might be thrown on the problems of human nutrition by study of what chimpanzees eat in their native forests. ... Such notions are derivative of the eighteenth-century fiction of the happy and noble savage. Wallace Ruddell Aykroyd
Thus there can be no doubt that the world was not created in time but with time. An event in time happens after one time and before another, after the past and before the future. But at the time of creation there could have been no past, because there was nothing created to provide the change and movement which is the condition of time. Saint Augustine; Aurelius
The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. Unfortunately poetry cannot celebrate them because their deeds are concerned with things, not persons, and are, therefore, speechless. When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes. W. H. Auden
The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world. It is his engineering that makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy and labor to bring them to the service of man ... To make contribution of this kind the engineer requires the imagination to visualize the needs of society and to appreciate what is possible as well as the technological and broad social age understanding to bring his vision to reality Eric Ashby
… science and systematic knowledge is wanting to our whole instruction alike, and not only to that of our business class ... In nothing do England and the Continent at the present moment more strikingly differ than in the prominence which is now given to the idea of science there, and the neglect in which this idea still lies here; a neglect so great that we hardly even know the use of the word science in its strict sense, and only employ it in a secondary and incorrect sense. Matthew Arnold
Mathematical Knowledge adds a manly Vigour to the Mind, frees it from Prejudice, Credulity, and Superstition. John Arbuthnot
There is no democracy in physics. We can't say that some second-rate guy has as much right to opinion as Fermi. Luis Alvarez
… a controlled disrespect for authority is essential to a scientist. Luis Alvarez
The scientist … creates more and more questions, never fewer. Indeed the measure of our intellectual maturity … is our capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers Gordon W. Allport
In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue Ethan Allen
When man seized the loadstone of science, the loadstar of superstition vanished in the clouds. William R. Alger
If Russia is to be a great power, it will be, not because of its nuclear potential, faith in God or its president, or Western investment, but thanks to the labor of the nation, faith in knowledge and science and the maintenance and development of scientific potential and education. Zhores Ivanovich Alferov
Now it must be asked if we can comprehend why comets signify the death of magnates and coming wars, for writers of philosophy say so. The reason is not apparent, since vapor no more rises in a land where a pauper lives than where a rich man resides, whether he be king or someone else. Furthermore, it is evident that a comet has a natural cause not dependent on anything else; so it seems that it has no relation to someone's death or to war. Albertus Magnus
So human progenies, if unrestrain'd, By climate friended, and by food sustain'd, O'er seas and soils, prolific hordes! would spread Erelong, and deluge their terraqueous bed; But war, and pestilence, disease, and dearth, Sweep the superfluous myriads from the earth... The births and deaths contend with equal strife, And every pore of Nature teems with Life; Erasmus Darwin
A fool, Mr, Edgeworth, is one who has never made an experiment. Erasmus Darwin
As soon as we touch the complex processes that go on in a living thing, be it plant or animal, we are at once forced to use the methods of this science [Chemistry / Physics]. No longer will the microscope, the kymograph, the scalpel avail for the complete solution of the problem…. the investigator must associate himself with those who have labored in fields where molecules and atoms, rather than multicellular tissues or even unicellular organisms, are the units of study. John Jacob Abel
Part of the strength of science is that it has tended to attract individuals who love knowledge and the creation of it. ... Thus, it is the communication process which is at the core of the vitality and integrity of science. Philip Hauge Abelson
Man has mounted science, and is now run away with. I firmly believe that before many centuries more, science will be the master of men. The engines he will have invented will be beyond his strength to control. Someday science may have the existence of mankind in its power, and the human race commit suicide, by blowing up the world. Henry Adams
Every great scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly, they say they always believed it. Louis Agassiz
It must be for truth's sake, and not for the sake of its usefulness to humanity, that the scientific man studies Nature. Louis Agassiz
Science requires much more than money and projects. Science requires freedom: freedom to enquire, to challenge, to think, and to envision the unimagined. We must be able to question convention and arbitrate our disputes by the rules of evidence. It is the content of scientific work that matters, not the persons who produced it, regardless of the color of their skin, the god they choose to worship, the ethnic group they were born into, or their gender. These are the values of science, but even more, they are societal values worth defending, not just to promote the pursuit of science but to have a better and more humane society. Ismail Serageldin
We need a world where the values of science are celebrated: free inquiry, free speech and a healthy skepticism, all coupled with a sense of wonder, a respect for truth and an ability to reason. Ismail Serageldin
I am not sure whether I should be afraid of a national security threat from another country or another solar system. John McCain
There is no country in the world where the process of self-criticism and self-correction is more active than in the United States. Winston Churchill
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, and politics without principle. Mohandas K. Gandhi
There was an island full of men and women. They had hairy bodies. Our native guides called them Gorrilae. Anonymous
Our American philosophy bids us test every dogma by its results -- the dogma of competition no less than any other. William James
The Theory of Evolution has had over a million chances to be wrong, but never has been. Jerry Coyne
Museums, free libraries, and art galleries have this in common: that they are each expected to fulfill two purposes which are somewhat incongruous, and require to be pursued by different methods and with different appliances. Each of these institutions is expected to minister to the wants both of trained students and of the untrained and ignorant public; and the demands of these two classes of persons are so diverse that they must be provided for separately British Association for the Advancement of Science
You must acquire something of that industrious habit of mind which the study of natural science gives,—the art of comparing, of perceiving true likenesses and true differences, and so of classifying and arranging what you see; the art of connecting facts together in your mind in cause and effect Charles Kingsley
We have really made an advance in civilization, that the principles on which our political and social order rest are in harmony with the laws of the universe, that we have set up an ideal which may never in genuine happiness certain...We are getting rid of old world things and becoming accustomed to the new. We are forming new creeds, new judgments, new manners; we are becoming a new race of men. Charles Eliot Norton
The intelligence which has converted the brother of the wolf into the faithful guardian of the flock ought to be able to do something towards curbing the instincts of savagery in civilized men. Thomas Huxley
There is another fallacy which appears to me to pervade the so-called “ethics of evolution.” It is the notion that because, on the whole, animals and plants have advanced in perfection of organization by means of the struggle for existence and the consequent “survival of the fittest;” therefore men in society, men as ethical beings, must look to the same process to help them towards perfection. I suspect that this fallacy has arisen out of the unfortunate ambiguity of the phrase “survival of the fittest.” “Fittest” has a connotation of “best;” and about “best” there hangs a moral flavour. In cosmic nature, however, what is “fittest” depends upon the conditions. Thomas Huxley
In the matter of labor, whether common or skilled, the white artisan has no chance to compete with Orientals upon their own soil, or—except in the manufactures wholly depending upon the applied sciences—upon any other soil. White labor has never been able to compete on equal terms with Oriental labor. Lafcadio Hearn
This is a matter far too important to be left solely in the hands of the scientific and medical communities. The belief that surrogate mothers and clonal babies are inevitable because science always moves forward, an attitude expressed to me recently by a scientific colleague, represents a form of laissez-faire nonsense dismally reminiscent of the creed that American business, if left to itself, will solve everybody's problems. Just as the success of a corporate body in making money need not set the human condition ahead, neither does every scientific advance automatically make our lives more 'meaningful.' No doubt the person whose experimental skill will eventually bring forth a clonal baby will be given wide notoriety. But the child who grows up knowing that the world wants another Picasso may view his creator in a different light. James D. Watson
Hemingway has expressed with genius the terrors of the modern man at the danger of losing control of his world Edmund Wilson
The real significance of the [Spanish] Inquisition lay in the isolation to which it condemned the land, and its benumbing influence on the intellectual development of the people…. It [also] obstructed … commercial relations by imposing absurd and costly regulations at the ports to prevent the slightest chance of the introduction of heretical opinions. Henry Charles Lea
[Spanish] unreasoning religious ardor culminated in the Inquisition, established for the purpose of securing the supreme good of unblemished purity and uniformity of belief. Nothing was allowed to stand in the way of this, and no sacrifice was deemed too great for its accomplishment. All officials, from the king downward, were sworn to its support, and the sinister influence which it exercised was proportioned to the enormous power which it wielded. Henry Charles Lea
It is not so long ago, as years are reckoned, that a scientist in a physical or chemical laboratory was popularly regarded as a magician engaged in unlawful pursuits, or as in impious converse with evil spirits, about whom all sorts of detrimental stories were circulated and believed. John Dewey
The community at large is under definite obligations to see to it that physicians and scientific men are not needlessly hampered in carrying on the inquiries necessary for an adequate performance of their important social office of sustaining human life and vigor. John Dewey
Scientific men are under definite obligation to experiment upon animals so far as that is the alternative to random and possibly harmful experimentation upon human beings, and so far as such experimentation is a means of saving human life and of increasing human vigor and efficiency. John Dewey
Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity. Louis Pasteur
When we are accustomed to use bad reasons for proving natural effects, we are not willing to receive good reasons when they are discovered Blaise Pascal
To make a discovery is not necessarily the same as to understand a discovery. Abraham Pais
Progress leads to confusion leads to progress and on and on without respite. Every one of the many major advances … created sooner or later, more often sooner, new problems. These confusions, never twice the same, are not to be deplored. Rather, those who participate experience them as a privilege. Abraham Pais
The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future can be tested by how well we support out libraries. Carl Sagan
I don’t believe that atoms exist! Ernst Mach
Perhaps I did use such philosophy earlier, and also wrote it, but it is nonsense all the same. Albert Einstein
Whoever gets this first will win the war. James Bryant Conant
Whatever the enemy may be planning, American science will be equal to the challenge. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We have spent $2 Billion on the greatest scientific gamble in history and won. The battle of the laboratories held fateful risks for us … and we have now won the battle of the laboratories as we have won the other battles. Harry S Truman
If you want someone to accept new evidence, make sure to present it to them in a context that doesn’t trigger a defensive, emotional reaction. Chris Mooney (journalist)
… people reject the validity of a scientific source because its conclusion contradicted their deeply held views. Chris Mooney (journalist)
Because [scientific] researchers employ so much nuance and strive to disclose all remaining sources of uncertainty, scientific evidence is highly susceptible to selective reading and misinterpretation. Giving ideologues or partisans scientific data that is relevant to their beliefs is like unleashing them in the motivated reasoning equivalent of a candy store. Chris Mooney (journalist)
The science community now recognizes that this administration completely puts its political cart before the scientific horse. We've seen it with one issue after another. Donald Kennedy
Nation’s that don’t invest in the future tend not to do well there. Thomas Friedman
The Theory of Evolution is the greatest curse that ever fell upon this earth. Reader, if you are not a parent, do you not yearn intensely to turn my child, your neighbor's child, your enemy's child, from spending Eternity in hell? Were even your enemy's house on fire, would you stand by in indifference and let his child be burned alive? Yet that child's being burned alive is as nothing when compared to that child's spending eternity in hell. You would go to the limit in helping to rescue the child from the burning building. Isn't saving a soul from spending eternity in hell ten million times more important than saving a human body from a burning building? Thomas Theodore Martin
Anti-Evolution League William Bell Riley
When the principles of breeding and of inheritance are better understood, we shall not hear ignorant members of our legislature rejecting with scorn a plan for ascertaining by an easy method whether or not consanguineous marriages are injurious to man. Charles Darwin
It may be doubted whether any character can be named which is distinctive of a race and is constant. Charles Darwin
Some of the scientists, I believe, haven’t they been changing their opinion a little bit on global warming? There’s a lot of differing opinions and before we react I think it’s best to have the full accounting, full understanding of what’s taking place. George W. Bush
What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt
What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt
It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a photograph, or a telephone, or any other Important thing--and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. Mark Twain
Evolution is a blind giant who rolls a snowball down a hill. The ball is made of flakes--circumstances. They contribute to the mass without knowing it. They adhere without intention, and without foreseeing what is to result. When they see the result they marvel at the monster ball and wonder how the contriving of it came to be originally thought out and planned. Whereas there was no such planning, there was only a law: the ball once started, all the circumstances that happened to lie in its path would help to build it, in spite of themselves. Mark Twain
The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day of Galileo down to our own time, when the use of anesthetics in childbirth was regarded as a sin because it avoided the biblical curse pronounced against Eve. Mark Twain
Science explained people, but could not understand them. E. M. Forster
What Art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern: the distinctive faculty. In the minds of men the useful has succeeded to the beautiful. Benjamin Disraeli
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli
Victory will be achieved when . . . citizens ‘understand’ uncertainties in climate science . . . [and] recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom.’ Petroleum Institute
Economics, never a science, has always been politics in disguise Hazel Henderson
How long shall we blunder along without the aid of unpartisan and authoritative scientific assistance in the administration of justice, no one knows; but all fair persons not conventionalized by provincial legal habits of mind ought, I should think, unite to effect some change. Learned Hand
It is quite true that he has done much good by preaching temperance, but by the aid of superstition, which can hardly be patronized by the Crown. Queen Victoria
My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel, or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career. I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
An ounce of algebra is worth of a ton of verbal argument. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
We do have, and will continue to have an unquenchable curiosity to understand our Solar System. Neil Armstrong
Avoid the precepts of those thinkers whose reasoning is not confirmed by experience. Leonardo da Vinci
We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress. Richard P. Feynman
Speculation and the exploration of ideas beyond what we know with certainty are what lead to progress. Lisa Randall
The old saying of ‘Vox populi, vox Dei’, as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science. Charles Darwin
Original First Edition: There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. Change Made for the Sixth Edition: There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. Charles Darwin
We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universe, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act. Charles Darwin
I feel most deeply that this whole question of Creation is too profound for human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton! Let each man hope and believe what he can. Charles Darwin
Climate Change is a fact! David Dreier
All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies from the pit of Hell. And lies to keep me and all the people who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior…. The earth is about 9,000 years old it was made in six days. Paul Collins Broun Jr.
This isn't right. This isn't even wrong. Wolfgang Ernst Pauli
While they are thus engaged in getting an honest living, a baker's dozen of unauthorized miscreants assemble in a dissecting-room, manipulate a lot of skulls, and decide that the whole batch of us did not descend from a human being. I tell you the whole thing is an atrocious violation of the rights of man. It's unconstitutional, sir! Talk about the glorious principle of "No taxation without representation"! That is simply a principle which affects our pockets, and we fought, bled, and died for it. Shall we not do a thousand times more for our souls? Shall we let our souls be voted away by a congress of dissectors, not chosen by our votes,—persons who not only don't represent, but infamously misrepresent us? Edwin Percy Whipple
Do the adherents of this mad theory [Evolution] realize the disgrace they are bringing on the most respectable families! There is not an aristocracy in Europe or America that can stand it one moment. For aristocracy is based on the greatness of forefathers…. With a monkey in the background, how can even a Hapsburg or a Guelf put on airs of superiority? How must he hide his face in shame to think, that, as his line lengthens into an obscure antiquity, the foreheads of his house slope, and their jaws project; that he has literally been all his life aping aristocracy, instead of being the real thing; and that, when he has reached his true beginning, his only consolation must be found in the fact that his great skulking, hulking, gibbering baboon of an ancestor rejoices, like himself, in the possession of "the third lobe," "the posterior cornu of the lateral ventricle," and "the hippocampus minor. Edwin Percy Whipple
When the public mind first took its bent towards science, I, for one, foresaw that the Devil would soon be to pay with our cherished ideas. Under the plea of exercising some of the highest faculties of human nature, these scientific descendentalists have exclusively devoted themselves to the lowest objects of human concern…. There isn't a statesman, or philanthropist, or poet, or hero, or saint in the land, sir, that they would condescend to look at, when engaged in exploring the remains of some ignorant ass of the Stone Period. Edwin Percy Whipple
What 's the use of … asserting, Sunday after Sunday, that man was made a little lower than the angels, when right under their noses are a set of anatomical miscreants who contend that he is only a little higher than the monkeys? And the thing has now gone so far, that I 'll be hanged if it isn't becoming a sign of a narrow and prejudiced mind to doubt the idea that we are all descended from mindless beasts. You are a fossilized old fogy, in this day of scientific light, if you repudiate your relationship with any fossilized monstrosity which, from the glass case of a museum, mocks at you with a grin a thousand centuries old. Edwin Percy Whipple
The United States naval and military academies are not referred to … because access to them is not free. A thoroughly vicious system of selecting the candidates for admission to these schools annuls the influence they might otherwise exert upon technical education in this country. A patron, and not a good previous training, being the essential requisite Charles W. Eliot
It takes just as much work to do a study of something that is unimportant as it does to study something important, so why not pick something important where you may affect the world. Lawrence Summers
We might be allowed to... assert that because our only cognitions of matter are cognitions of force, matter in the scientific sense is force. Fitz-Hugh Ludlow
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. H. L. Mencken
The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. Thomas Berger

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