A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on discovery, effort, scientists, and work

A reporter called on Edison to interview him about a substitute for lead in the manufacture of storage batteries that the scientist was seeking. Edison informed the man that he had made 20,000 experiments but none had worked. "Aren't you discouraged by all this waste of effort?" the reporter asked. Edison: "Waste! There's nothing wasted. I have discovered 20,000 things that won't work.

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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

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A Quote by Sir Charles Percy Snow on literature and scientists

Literary intellectuals at one pole-at the other scientists. . . . Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension.

Sir Charles Percy Snow (1905 - 1980)

Source: The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, 1959

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington on assumptions, body, discovery, exploring, knowledge, life, observation, science, scientists, universe, and water

Let us suppose that an ichthyologist is exploring the life of the ocean. He casts a net into the water and brings up a fishy assortment. Surveying his catch, he proceeds in the usual manner of a scientist to systematize what it reveals. He arrives at two generalizations: (1) No sea-creature is less than two inches long. (2) All sea-creatures have gills. These are both true of his catch, and he assumes tentatively that they will remain true however often he repeats it. In applying this analogy, the catch stands for the body of knowledge which constitutes physical science, and the net for the sensory and intellectual equipment which we use in obtaining it. The casting of the net corresponds to observation; for knowledge which has not been or could not be obtained by observation is not admitted into physical science. An onlooker may object that the first generalization is wrong. "There are plenty of sea-creatures under two inches long, only your net is not adapted to catch them." The icthyologist dismisses this objection contemptuously. "Anything uncatchable by my net is ipso facto outside the scope of icthyological knowledge. In short, "what my net can't catch isn't fish." Or-to translate the analogy-"If you are not simply guessing, you are claiming a knowledge of the physical universe discovered in some other way than by the methods of physical science, and admittedly unverifiable by such methods. You are a metaphysician. Bah!"

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882 - 1944)

Source: The Philosophy of Physical Science, The University of Michigan Press, 1958

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A Quote by S. I. Hayakawa on scientists

The last thing a scientist would do is cling to a map because he inherited it from his grandfather, or because it was used by George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.

S. I. Hayakawa (1906 - 1992)

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A Quote by Richard Hughes on belief, mountains, science, scientists, and spirit

Science, being human enquiry, can hear no answer except an answer couched somehow in human tones. Primitive man stood in the mountains and shouted against a cliff; the echo brought back his own voice, and he believed in a disembodied spirit. The scientist of today stands counting out loud in the face of the unknown. Numbers come back to him - and he believes in the Great Mathematician.

Richard Hughes

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

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A Quote by Quentin James Reynolds on scientists

The scientists split the atom; now the atom is splitting us.

Quentin James Reynolds (1902 - 1965)

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A Quote by Peter Medawar on people, philosophy, poets, scientists, and temperament

Scientists are people of very dissimilar temperaments doing different things in very different ways. Among scientists are collectors, classifiers and compulsive tidiers-up; many are detectives by temperament and many are explorers; some are artists and others artisans. There are poet-scientists and philosopher-scientists and even a few mystics.

Peter Medawar

Source: Pluto's Republic, Oxford University Press, New York, 1982, p. 116.

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A Quote by Pearl S. Buck on fatherhood, justice, language, life, mathematics, meaning, music, relationships, scientists, and understanding

No one really understood music unless he was a scientist, her father had declared, and not just a scientist, either, oh, no, only the real ones, the theoreticians, whose language was mathematics. She had not understood mathematics until he had explained to her that it was the symbolic language of relationships. "And relationships," he had told her, "contained the essential meaning of life."

Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)

Source: The Goddess Abides, Pt. I, 1972.

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A Quote by Michio Kaku on foolishness, honesty, persistence, physics, science, scientists, theory, and work

There are many examples of old, incorrect theories that stubbornly persisted, sustained only by the prestige of foolish but well-connected scientists. . . . Many of these theories have been killed off only when some decisive experiment exposed their incorrectness. .. Thus the yeoman work in any science, and especially physics, is done by the experimentalist, who must keep the theoreticians honest.

Michio Kaku

Source: Michio Kaku Hyperspace, Oxford University Press, 1995, p 263.

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A Quote by Max Planck on faith, kindness, quality, science, scientists, words, and work

Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: Ye must have faith. It is a quality which the scientist cannot dispense with.

Max Planck (1858 - 1947)

Source: Where Is Science Going? 1930

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