Quotes in science
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
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.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'
In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not the man to whom the idea first occurs.
Science can be introduced to children well or poorly. If poorly, children can be turned away from science; they can develop a lifelong antipathy; they will be in a far worse condition than if they had never been introduced to science at all.
We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.
Each generation of scientists stands upon the shoulders of those who have gone before.
I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.
Since all models are wrong the scientist cannot obtain a "correct" one by excessive elaboration. On the contrary following William of Occam he should seek an economical description of natural phenomena. Just as the ability to devise simple but evocative models is the signature of the great scientist so overelaboration and overparameterization is often the mark of mediocrity.