Quotes on Science
Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.
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.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Great art allows you to transcend your mortal frame and to reach for the stars. I think great science does the same thing.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
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.
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
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.
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.
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.
Science probes; it does not prove.
Amazing the advances we make in science and the primitive uses we find for them.
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.
Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.
Hard sciences are successful because they deal with the soft problems; soft sciences are struggling because they deal with the hard problems.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.