Quotes on Science
Amazing the advances we make in science and the primitive uses we find for them.
Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
Why is it surprising that scientists might have long hair and wear cowboy boots? In fields like neuroscience, where the events you are recording are so minute, I suspect scientists cultivate a boring, reliable image. A scientist with a reputation for flamboyance might be suspect.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
I have never been a fan of science fiction. For me, fiction has to explore the combinatorial possibilities of people interacting under the constraints imposed by our biology and history. When an author is free to suspend the constraints, it's tennis without a net.
The process of testing claims is called science. Now, If you have a claim that can't be tested thats what we call pseudo-science. The difference between pseudo-science and science is whether or not you can test it.
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.
Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.
Great art allows you to transcend your mortal frame and to reach for the stars. I think great science does the same thing.
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
Science probes; it does not prove.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
The game of science is, in principle, without end. He who decides one day that scientific statements do not call for any further test, and that they can be regarded as finally verified, retires from the game.
Hard sciences are successful because they deal with the soft problems; soft sciences are struggling because they deal with the hard problems.
Science, however, is not just a matter of making mistakes, but of making mistakes in public. Making mistakes for all to see, in the hopes of getting the others to help with the corrections.