astronomy

A Quote by Huston Smith on astronomy, e mc2, einstein, immortality, physics, religion, science, theologians, twentieth century, and worldview

As the twentieth century began, science equaled a materialistic worldview. As the twenty-first century began, the worldview of science, at least of physics and astronomy, may have traded place with that of religion. Consider Einstein's famous equation E = mc2. Nothing of matter dies but continues on in another form, elsewhere. The church divines and theologians for two thousand years have devised arguments and "proofs" of immortality but nothing equal to this.

Huston Smith

Source: Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography, Pages: 68

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A Quote by unknown on cosmos, universe, aliens, outer space, extraterrestrial, astronomy, astrology, stars, planet, and galaxy

Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both ideas are overwhelming.

unknown

Source: school poster

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A Quote by David Posel on astronomy, god, know god, and stillness

Ponder being the first person with that telescope whose one eye expanded the universe, and thus created the largest cataclysms we may ever know as humans. Know You're Stillness, create your Universe, know God.

David Posel

Source: The Visionary Architect

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A Quote by Yukio Mishima on astronomy, observation, perception, theory, truth, and universe

By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.

Yukio Mishima

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A Quote by Tycho Brahe on accuracy, astronomy, certainty, church, concern, consequences, discipline, earth, harmony, inferiority, justice, people, principles, reality, respect, science, superiority, understanding, universe, work, and yielding

It was not just the Church that resisted the heliocentrism of Copernicus. Many prominent figures, in the decades following the 1543 publication of De Revolutionibus, regarded the Copernican model of the universe as a mathematical artifice which, though it yielded astronomical predictions of superior accuracy, could not be considered a true representation of physical reality: "If Nicolaus Copernicus, the distinguished and incomparable master, in this work had not been deprived of exquisite and faultless instruments, he would have left us this science far more well-established. For he, if anybody, was outstanding and had the most perfect understanding of the geometrical and arithmetical requisites for building up this discipline. Nor was he in any respect inferior to Ptolemy; on the contrary, he surpassed him greatly in certain fields, particularly as far as the device of fitness and compendious harmony in hypotheses is concerned. And his apparently absurd opinion that the Earth revolves does not obstruct this estimate, because a circular motion designed to go on uniformly about another point than the very center of the circle, as actually found in the Ptolemaic hypotheses of all the planets except that of the Sun, offends against the very basic principles of our discipline in a far more absurd and intolerable way than does the attributing to the Earth one motion or another which, being a natural motion, turns out to be imperceptible. There does not at all arise from this assumption so many unsuitable consequences as most people think."

Tycho Brahe

Source: Letter to Christopher Rothman, January 20, 1587

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A Quote by Dame Rebecca West on astrology, astronomy, military, science, and war

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.

Rebecca West (1892 - 1983)

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A Quote by Plato on astronomy, soul, and world

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)

Source: The Republic. Book VII. 529

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A Quote by Nicholas Copernicus on astronomy, beginning, certainty, confusion, discovery, earth, facts, learning, machines, opportunity, reason, reflection, schools, teachers, time, traditions, understanding, universe, vision, and world

The Copernican vision of an earth in motion was not without its rudimentary precedents, as Copernicus himself recounts: "For a long time then, I reflected on this confusion in the astronomical traditions concerning the derivation of the motions of the universe's spheres. I began to be annoyed that the movements of the world machine, created for our sake by the best and most systematic Artisan of all, were not understood with greater certainty by the philosophers, who otherwise examined so precisely the most insignificant trifles of this world. For this reason I undertook the task of rereading the works of all the philosophers which I could obtain to learn whether anyone had ever proposed other motions of the universe's spheres than those expounded by the teachers of astronomy in the schools. And in fact I found in Cicero that Hicetas supposed the earth to move. Later I also discovered in Plutarch that certain others were of this opinion. . . . Therefore, having obtained the opportunity from these sources, I too began to consider the mobility of the earth."

Nicholas Copernicus (1473 - 1543)

Source: Letter to Pope Paul III: Preface to De Revolutionibus, 1543

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A Quote by James R. Newman on achievement, astronomy, discovery, and existence

The discovery in 1846 of the planet Neptune was a dramatic and spectacular achievement of mathematical astronomy. The very existence of this new member of the solar system, and its exact location, were demonstrated with pencil and paper; there was left to observers only the routine task of pointing their telescopes at the spot the mathematicians had marked.

James R. Newman

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by James Keller on astronomy, conversation, fame, life, schools, and study

A high-school girl, seated next to a famous astronomer at a dinner party, struck up a conversation with him by asking: "What do you do for a living?" "I study astronomy," he replied. "Really? said the teenager, wide-eyed. "I finished astronomy last year."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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