"I don't like it, and I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it."
"If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood
on the shoulders of giants."
-- Sir Isaac Newton
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are
not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer
-- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"Only two things are certain: the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not certain about the universe."
-- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"All science is either physics or stamp collecting."
-- Ernest (1st Baron) Rutherford (1871-1937)
"The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all
those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists
that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to
darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell."
-- St. Augustine (354-430)
"It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or
philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is
-- Alfred North Whitehead, An Introduction to Mathematics, 1948
"Physics is not a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time
-- Leon Lederman
"What I am going to tell you about is what we teach our physics
students in the third or fourth year of graduate school... It
is my task to convince you not to turn away because you don't
understand it. You see my physics students don't understand
it... That is because I don't understand it. Nobody does."
-- Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988), QED, The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, Penguin Books, London, 1990, p 9.
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
-- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
"X-rays will prove to be a hoax."
-- Lord Kelvin, while president of the Royal Society
Ginsberg's Theorem (The modern statement of the three laws of thermodynamics)
1. You can't win.
2. You can't even break even.
3. You can't get out of the game.
4. THE LAW OF ENTROPY:
The perversity of the universe tends towards a maximum.
"Trying to determine the structure of a protein by UV
spectroscopy was like trying to determine the structure of a
piano by listening to the sound it made while being dropped
down a flight of stairs."
-- Francis Crick [1916- ]
"He seems to have an inordinate fondness for beetles."
-- John Burdon Sanderson Haldane, British geneticist and writer (1892-1964), when asked late in his life whether his studies had taught him anything about God that he might care to share (JBS Haldane was an atheist. Beetles comprise about a quarter of all known species.)
"Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light
to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: 'My friend,
you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more
clearly.' This stranger is a theologian."
-- Diderot, c1762
"First you guess. Don't laugh, this is the most important
step. Then you compute the consequences. Compare the
consequences to experience. If it disagrees with experience,
the guess is wrong. In that simple statement is the key to
science. It doesn't matter how beautiful your guess is or how
smart you are or what your name is. If it disagrees with
experience, it's wrong. That's all there is to it."
-- Richard Feynman, from a PBS show on Dr. Feynman. He was describing to his class how to look for a new law of physics
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has
endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to
forego their use."
-- Galileo Galilei
"The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact."
-- T H Huxley (1887-1975)
"Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary