Science Quotes

If I were to describe “Don’t Look Up” in a nutshell, it would be an analogy of modern day culture and our inability to hear and listen to the scientific truth. I often in my career looked for a film that had an environmental undertone to it but much like the inundation of news on […]

Science is an enterprise of human beings, so there are all sorts of jealousies and rivalries and unwillingness to admit mistakes. But the great advantage is that the culture of science is opposed to these frailties, and the collective enterprise of science undoes them. We give our highest rewards to those who disprove the contentions […]

When UFOs became a popular subject and I was in early high school or something, it seemed to me great. We were just reaching out into space, and why not a much more advanced civilization reaching out to us? It seemed so heady and promising, such an interesting future. But as I learned a little […]

Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplate by men’s eyes, because they know—or think they know—some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is […]

I’m really a scientist. I follow recipes exactly—until I decide not to.

I think that there are really important things that we have to do with students to get them to succeed in science, to go on and stay with careers. And that includes the idea of being exposed to something.

An electronic computer would constitute a research instruments from which all science and research activities would profit, in such a manner that is currently inestimable.” (Letter about computers, 1954)

Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools. (Regarding Robert Goddard’s revolutionary work, 1921)

To make an apple pie from scratch, we must first invent the universe.

Unbeknownst to most historians, Einstein started down the road of professional basketball before an ankle injury diverted him to science. (“The Far Side”)