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A Quote by Josiah Willard Gibbs on knowledge, research, and simplicity

One of the principal objects of theoretical research in my department of knowledge is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in its greatest simplicity.

Willard Gibbs (1839 - 1903)

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A Quote by Wernher von Braun on research

Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.

Wernher von Braun (1912 - 1977)

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A Quote by Walter Lippmann on ability, age, belief, children, debate, intelligence, judgment, and research

In the course of a debate with Lewis Terman: Without offering any data on all that occurs between conception and the age of kindergarten, they announce on the basis of what they have got out of a few thousand questionnaires that they are measuring the hereditary mental endowment of human beings. Obviously, this is not a conclusion obtained by research. It is a conclusion planted by the will to believe. It is, I think, for the most part unconsciously planted. . . . If the impression takes root that these tests really measure intelligence, that they constitute a sort of last judgment on the child's capacity, that they reveal "scientifically" his predestined ability, then it would be a thousand times better if all the intelligence testers and all their questionnaires were sunk in the Sargasso Sea.

Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974)

Source: quoted: Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man, W.W.Norton & Co., Ltd, NY, 1996

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A Quote by unknown on birds, people, and research

An estimated 63 million people are feeding birds in their yards. Research by Metz Farms Wildlife Feeding Specialists of Grand Rapids, Michigan, also shows that $2.3 billion is spent on birdseed each year.

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Source: Report

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A Quote by unknown on affection, creation, freedom, garden, identity, leisure, life, needs, potential, research, and understanding

A research project in Australia, entitled "The Congruent Garden: an Investigation into the Role of the Domestic Garden in Satisfying Fundamental Human Needs," interviewed gardeners on the values of gardening in their everyday lives. The researchers established that gardens have the potential to satisfy nine basic human needs (subsistence, protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity, freedom) across four existential states (being, having, doing and interacting.)

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Source: The Avant Gardener, May 1999, p. 53

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A Quote by Thomas Andrew (Tom) Lehrer on mathematics, plagiarism, research, secrets, and success

In one word he told me the secret of success in mathematics: plagiarize; only be sure always to call it . . . research.

Tom Lehrer (1928 -)

Source: Lobachevski (A musical recording.)

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A Quote by Thorstein Veblen on questions, research, and seriousness

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929)

Source: The Place of Science in Modern Civilization and Other Essays.

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A Quote by Terence Kealey on america, computers, country, decisions, economics, electricity, future, generations, government, growth, losing, money, myth, power, projects, research, science, service, success, war, wealth, and world

There is a central myth about British science and economic growth, and it goes like this: science breeds wealth, Britain is in economic decline, therefore Britain has not done enough science. Actually, it is easy to show that a key cause of Britain's economic decline has been that the government has funded too much science. . . . Post-war British science policy illustrates the folly of wasting money on research. The government decided, as it surveyed the ruins of war-torn Europe in 1945, that the future lay in computers, nuclear power and jet aircraft, so successive administrations poured money into these projects-to vast technical success. The world's first commercial mainframe computer was British, sold by Ferrranti in 1951; the world's first commercial jet aircraft was British, the Comet, in service in 1952; the first nuclear power station was British, Calder Hall, commissioned in 1956; and the world's first and only supersonic commercial jet aircraft was Anglo-French, Concorde, in service in 1976. Yet these technical advances crippled us economically, because they were so uncommercial. The nuclear generation of electricity, for example, had lost 2.1 billion pounds by 1975 (2.1 billion pounds was a lot then); Concord had lost us, alone, 2.3 billion pounds by 1976; the Comet crashed and America now dominates computers. Had these vast sums of money not been wasted on research, we would now be a significantly richer country.

Terence Kealey

Source: Terence Kealey Wasting Billions, the Scientific Way, The Sunday Times, Oct. 13, 1996.

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A Quote by Susan Landau on curiosity, day, graduation, husbands, ideas, impossibility, jobs, life, reading, research, schools, students, time, wonder, work, and world

There's a touch of the priesthood in the academic world, a sense that a scholar should not be distracted by the mundane tasks of day-to-day living. I used to have great stretches of time to work. Now I have research thoughts while making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Sure it's impossible to write down ideas while reading "curious George" to a two-year-old. On the other hand, as my husband was leaving graduate school for his first job, his thesis advisor told him, "You may wonder how a professor gets any research done when one has to teach, advise students, serve on committees, referee papers, write letters of recommendation, interview prospective faculty. Well, I take long showers."

Susan Landau

Source: Her Own Words: Six Mathematicians Comment on Their Lives and Careers. September 1991

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A Quote by Steven Wright on ideas, plagiarism, and research

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism - to steal from many is research.

Steven Wright (1955 -)

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