Which Scientist Said What Quiz

Think you know your famous science quotes? Let’s find out in this 12 question quiz. There are no prizes, so it doesn’t pay to Google. Try your best on your own. Report your score in the comment area at the bottom. Good luck!

1. “There is no law except the law that there is no law.”


2. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”


3. “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.”


4. “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”


5. “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”


6. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”


7. “Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”


8. “A 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.”


9. “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”



10. “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.”


11. “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’s the exact opposite.”


12. “I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.”


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  1. Bran says:

    Another really fun quiz! I got 7 / 12 … there was one in particular that really surprised me, as I had never really associated Newton with any sense of humility, despite having read this quote from him before.

  2. epenguin says:

    9/124 I acutally knew. Quite pleased with better than random results for the rest.Mostly based on having some idea of many of their personalities.1 wrong. It didn't sound like anything a serious scientist would say, so I put down Cabeus, the only one I have never heard of.6 wrong, but it was half and half getting between Bohr and Azimov7 right. Guessed Hawking, based on banality of  thought and expression10 right. Clearly said by an experimental scientist11  right. Dirac had that sort of philistine purism and was essentially autistic; maths was beautiful to him, but not music because it had too many unnecessary or arbitrary twiddly bits; the unliteralness of poetic meaning he probably would have been uncomfortable with.12 wrong. I put Bardeen of whom I know little. I thought a bit about Feynman, but decided it was a tad too banal for him, and not quite what he would have said, but he did also play to the crowd bit.

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