Science—The Ultimate Quotation Collection
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106 Page Quotation Collection on Science
This 106 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Science. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Science, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.
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Science is not a march toward truth. Rather, as the author John McPhee wrote in 1967, ‘science erases what was previously true.’ Every generation of scientists mulches under yesterday’s facts to fertilize those of tomorrow.
Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.
--Arthur C. Clarke
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
When you make the finding yourself —even if you’re the last person on Earth to see the light—you’ll never forget it.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s that I stay with problems longer.
The ultimate worth of a science is in how much good it can do in the world.
—B. F. Skinner
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
—Jacques Yves Cousteau
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I’ve found it!), but ‘That’s funny…’
We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into the matter.
The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
Albert Einstein came up with his theory of general relativity in 1915, revolutionizing the way we understand gravity and establishing the rules of space-time. A year later he predicted gravitational waves—ripples in the curvature of space-time that propagate as waves as they travel outward from a source like a black hole, transporting energy as gravitational radiation….‘The amazing thing about all this to me,’ says Northwestern astrophysicist Shane Larson, is that ‘Einstein had no reason to be thinking about this, but he did. There was no experiment to be done. There was no application to technology, no reason he had to work it all out other than his own pure curiosity about the way the universe was put together. And here we are 100 years later, finally able to do experiments where we can confirm that this crazy idea that Einstein had actually is the way the universe works. It’s awesome. It’s a testament to what our brains are capable of.’
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