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Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov

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

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

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

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

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry. H.L. Mencken

There is no science in this world like physics. Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you. It’s the laws of physics that allow us to say exactly what time the sun is going to rise. What time the eclipse is going to begin. What time the eclipse is going to end. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. Albert Einstein

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. Edward Teller





Science is organized knowledge. Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) English philosopher. Education.

Science is the systematic classification of experience. George Henry Lewes (1817-78) English writer and critic.

Science is facts; 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 Poincaré (1854-1912) French mathematician.

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. Adam Smith (1723-90) Scottish economist. The Wealth of Nations, 1776.

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don’t know. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English philosopher, mathematician.

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) English philosopher and mathematician.

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.  Isaac Newton

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.  Albert Einstein

Life cannot have had a random beginning … The trouble is that there are about 2000 enzymes, and the chance of obtaining them all in a random trial is only one part in 10^40,000, an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup. Fred Hoyle

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I am, and always will be, a servant of your cosmic curiosity. Neil deGrasse Tyson, New York City

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

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

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

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

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In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in. Cornelius Bernardus Van Neil (1897- ) U. S. microbiologist.

I venture to define science as a series of interconnected concepts and conceptual schemes arising from experiment and observation and fruitful of further experiments and observations. The test of a scientific theory is, I suggest, its fruitfulness. James Bryant Conant (1893-1978) U. S. Chemist and Educator.

Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) U. S. physicist, born in Germany.

The origin of science is in the desire to know causes; and the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance. William Hazlitt (1778?-1830) British writer, drama critic, social commentator, philosopher and painter.

Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion? Oliver Heaviside (1850-1925) English physicist.

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

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

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

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

Every inch of earth and air contains the fundamental principles of the universe. James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), “Morality,” Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion? Oliver Heaviside

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. Isaac Newton

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. Edwin Powell Hubble

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.  Stephen Hawking

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

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

Not fact-finding, but attainment to philosophy is the aim of science. Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

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

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



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Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. Wernher von Braun

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. Franklin D. Roosevelt

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. Albert Einstein

Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method. It’s delving in. Sally Ride

Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion. Stephen Hawking

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The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. Thomas Berger

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. Oscar Wilde

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. Carl Sagan

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. Carl Sagan

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It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple. Georg C. Lichtenberg

There may be babblers, wholly ignorant of mathematics, who dare to condemn my hypothesis, upon the authority of some part of the Bible twisted to suit their purpose. I value them not, and scorn their unfounded judgment. Nicolaus Copernicus

There is no law except the law that there is no law. John Archibald Wheeler

We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within. Stephen Jay Gould

Falsity in intellectual action is intellectual immorality. Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin

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Science never solves a problem without creating ten more. George Bernard Shaw

Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing. Henry Petroski

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein

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

Science is simply common sense at its best. Thomas Huxley

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man’s upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Poet at the Breakfast-Table, 1872

He whose science exceedeth his sense, perisheth by his ignorance. Old saying

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

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Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed. Thomas Henry Huxley

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

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

An atom is God’s unit of measurement… James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882

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

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Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.  Albert Einstein

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.  Charles Darwin

The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.  Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself. Galileo

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The black holes of nature are the most perfect macroscopic objects there are in the universe: the only elements in their construction are our concepts of space and time. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

The saddest aspect of life right now is that gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.  Isaac Asimov

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it. Albert Einstein

To know the history of science is to recognize the mortality of any claim to universal truth. Evelyn Fox Keller

The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it. Robert L. Park, in The New York Times, 7 December 1999

Life is full of pus-wounds, headaches, bellyaches, and the sordidness of the world. The artist sees them differently, that’s all! The great men of science are supreme artists. Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

It is characteristic of science that the full explanations are often seized in their essence by the percipient scientist long in advance of any possible proof. John Desmond Bernal

I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them. Karl Friedrich Gauss

I don’t care how you get potassium out of kelp; I want to know how kelp gets potassium out of the sea. Willis R. Whitney (1868–1958)

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

Ethics and Science need to shake hands. Richard Clarke Cabot

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

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