Science Quotes


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"People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people"
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"Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor"
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"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss"
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"If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong"
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"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control"
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"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men"
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"Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess"
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"Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal in this country and has been going on at universities and research facilities for years"
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"From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle; we just decided to go"
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"Bush reiterated his stand to conservatives opposing his decision on stem cell research. He said today he believes life begins at conception and ends at execution"
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"For NASA, space is still a high priority"
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"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"
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"In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms"
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"The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I'm talking about an organic computer - about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor"
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"Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost"
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"A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God"
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"The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible"
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"Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway"
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"The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers"
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"We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming"
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"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing"
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"What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on"
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"I am not a scientist. I am, rather, an impresario of scientists"
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"A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective"
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"The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease"
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"Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin"
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"Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly"
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"I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel"
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"If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready. The first one, too, was made out of chaos"