Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.
Politics is more difficult than physics
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
The great tragedy of science — the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
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.
It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit — enable them to see visions and dream dreams.
Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl.
If it’s green, it’s biology, If it stinks, it’s chemistry, If it has numbers it’s math, If it doesn’t work, it’s technology
The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.
Every attempt to employ mathematical methods in the study of chemical questions must be considered profoundly irrational and contrary to the spirit of chemistry…. if mathematical analysis should ever hold a prominent place in chemistry — an aberration which is happily almost impossible — it would occasion a rapid and widespread degeneration of that science.
Chemists are, on the whole, like physicists, only ‘less so’.They don’t make quite the same wonderful mistakes, and much what they do is an art, related to cooking, instead of a true science. They have their moments, and their sources of legitimate pride. They don’t split atoms, as the physicists do. They join them together, and a very praiseworthy activity that is.
–Anthony Standen, Science is a sacred cow (1958).
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.
Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it’s in Hamburger Technology.
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
New ideas pass through three periods:
*It can’t be done.
*It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing.
*I knew it was a good idea all along !
–Arthur C. Clarke
If rats are experimented on they will develop cancer.
Man can’t help hoping even if he is a scientist. He can only hope more accurately.
–Dr. Karl Menninger
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
–Thomas Szasz, M.D.
Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Don’t worship it. Feed it.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory yields a lot, but it hardly brings us any closer to the secret of the Old One. In any case I am convinced that He doesn’t play dice.