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The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.

Author: Edward Teller

Profession: American Physicist and Author

If we knew all the laws of Nature, we should need only one fact, or the description of one actual phenomenon, to infer all the particular results at that point. Now we know only a few laws, and our result is vitiated, not, of course, by any confusion or irregularity in Nature, but by our ignorance of essential elements in the calculation. Our notions of law and harmony are commonly confined to those instances which we detect; but the harmony which results from a far greater number of seemingly conflicting, but really concurring, laws, which we have not detected, is still more wonderful. The particular laws are as our points of view, as, to the traveler, a mountain outline varies with every step, and it has an infinite number of profiles, though absolutely but one form. Even when cleft or bored through it is not comprehended in its entireness.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

True science investigates and brings to human perception such truths and such knowledge as the people of a given time and society consider most important. Art transmits these truths from the region of perception to the region of emotion.

Author: Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Profession: Russian Novelist, Philosopher

Scientists have odious manners, except when you prop up their theory; then you can borrow money of them.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.

Author: Miguel De Unamuno (1864-1936)

Profession: Spanish Philosophical Writer

Isn't it marvelous how those scientists know the names of all those stars?

Author: Source Unknown

Profession:

Science is feasible when the variables are few and can be enumerated; when their combinations are distinct and clear. We are tending toward the condition of science and aspiring to do it. The artist works out his own formulas; the interest of science lies in the art of making science.

Author: Paul Valery (1871-1945)

Profession: French Poet, Essayist

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.

Author: Paul Valery (1871-1945)

Profession: French Poet, Essayist

If politicians and scientist were lazier, how much happier we should all be.

Author: Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)

Profession: British Novelist

To us, men of the West, a very strange thing happened at the turn of the century; without noticing it, we lost science, or at least the thing that had been called by that name for the last four centuries. What we now have in place of it is something different, radically different, and we don't know what it is. Nobody knows what it is.

Author: Simone Weil (1910-1943)

Profession: French Philosopher, Mystic

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.

Author: Steven Weinberg (1933)

Profession: American Nuclear Physicist

Man has to awaken to wonder -- and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.

Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)

Profession: Austrian Philosopher