"No one should approach the temple of science with the soul of a money changer."
Thomas Browne (1605-1682)
"There are two possible outcomes: 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 (1901—1954), Italian physicist.
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it is the exact opposite."
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
"I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale."
"I believe in an immortal soul. Science has proved that nothing disintegrates into nothingness. Life and soul, therefore, cannot disintegrate into nothingness, and so are immortal."
Dr Wernher Von Braun
"I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true."
"I want to know God's thoughts. The rest are details."
"Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof."
"Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination."
"Science is facts. Just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts. But a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science."
"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them."
Sir William Bragg
"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
"There are in fact two things, science and opinion. The former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance."
"In Science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurred."
Sir William Osler (1849-1919) Canadian physician.
"Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition."
Adam Smith (1723-90) Scottish economist. The Wealth of Nations, 1776.
"Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one."
Konrad (Zacharias) Lorenz (1903-89) Austrian ethologist. [Nobel prize for medicine, 1973]
"The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification."
Thomas H. Huxley (1825-95) English biologist.
"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding of a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) English physicist, mathematician.
"I do not think that this [the universe] can be explained only by natural causes, and are forced to impute to the wisdom and ingenuity of an intelligent." Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) English physicist, mathematician.
"I do not know when, but I know that many have come in this century to develop arts and sciences, sow the seeds of a new culture that will flourish, unexpected, sudden, just when the power is deluded into believing they have won."
" Dicebat Bernardus Carnotensis nos esse quasi nanos, gigantium humeris insidentes, ut possimus plura eis et remotiora videre, non utique proprii visus acumine, aut eminentia corporis, sed quia in altum subvenimur et extollimur magnitudine gigantea. "
" Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size."
Bernard of Chartres (1060c.-1124) called Socrates of the twelfth century."Lord, give me strength and ability to understand when I can heal, but give me the wisdom to understand when my profession is useless". Prayer of a Doctor in Ancient Egypt.