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Best science quotes

  1. Jul 19, 2013 #1
    ''There are the rushing waves
    mountains of molecules
    each stupidly minding its own business
    trillions apart
    yet forming white surf in unison.
    Ages on ages
    before any eyes could see
    year after year
    thunderously pounding the shore as now.
    For whom, for what?
    On a dead planet
    with no life to entertain.
    Never at rest
    tortured by energy
    wasted prodigiously by the sun
    poured into space.
    A mite makes the sea roar.
    Deep in the sea
    all molecules repeat
    the patterns of one another
    till complex new ones are formed.
    They make others like themselves
    and a new dance starts.
    Growing in size and complexity
    living things
    masses of atoms
    DNA, protein
    dancing a pattern ever more intricate.
    Out of the cradle
    onto dry land
    here it is
    atoms with consciousness;
    matter with curiosity.
    Stands at the sea,
    wonders at wondering: I
    a universe of atoms
    an atom in the universe.''
    By Feynman
    Post the most beautiful SCIENCE quotes you can think of.
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  3. Jul 19, 2013 #2
    what is real? how do you define what is real ? if you're talking
    about what you can feel,what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is
    simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain

    beware of false knowledge, it is more dangerous than ignorance
    -george bernard shaw

    While I am standing still, I prefer the stillness here. I am tired of earth, these people, I'm tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives
    -Dr. Manhattan

    i can feel myself,
    reaching that stage in the dim future of mankind
    when the mind will cast off the hampering of the flesh become all thought and no matter..

    a vortex,
    of pure intelligence in space..

    it's the goal of evolution, man's final destiny is to become what he imagined in the beginning
    when he first learned the idea of the angels.
    but that is far ahead and i'm impatient to go the whole way.
    -the sixth finger (1963)
  4. Jul 19, 2013 #3
    "Expunge these female progenitor copulating appendage dispossessed prostrate terrestrial locomotive carnivorous reptiles from within this female progenitor copulating self-propelled atmosphere traversing passenger conveying vehicle." - Albert Einstein
  5. Jul 22, 2013 #4
    In my signature.
  6. Aug 5, 2013 #5
    NATURE and Nature’s Laws lay hid in Night:
    God said, “Let Newton be!” and all was light.
    -A. Pope

    It did not last/The devil howling 'Ho! Let
    Einstein Be/Restored the status quo'.
    -Sir John Squire
  7. Aug 5, 2013 #6
    I should thank you. I'd almost forgotten the excitement of not knowing. The delights of uncertainty.

    As a physicist, I can assure you that this is not how physics works. … We are all expected to act like grownups and accept it gracefully as experiments prove our favorite theories are false. In physics, unlike marijuana policy, we consider the right message to send to be the message that’s true. Consider what American science might look like if all research were run like marijuana research is being run now. Suppose the Institute for Creation Science were put in charge of approving paleontology digs and the science of human evolution. Imagine what would happen to the environment if we gave coal and oil companies the power to block any climate research they didn't like.
    ~John H. Schwarz
  8. Aug 5, 2013 #7
    The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it is.
    —J. Robert Oppenheimer

    It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
    —Albert Einstein

    The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
    —Albert Einstein

    Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not.
    —Albert Einstein
  9. Aug 5, 2013 #8
    “Education never ends,
    Watson. It is a series of
    lessons, with the greatest
    for the last.”
    Arthur Conan Doyle,
    His Last Bow
  10. Aug 5, 2013 #9
    "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin
  11. Aug 6, 2013 #10
    “Wherever you may find the
    inventor, you may give him wealth
    or you may take from him all that
    he has; and he will go on inventing.
    He can no more help inventing that
    he can help thinking or breathing.”
    Alexander Graham Bell
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