A Quote by Herbert E. Ives on constancy, day, direction, facts, genius, history, physics, principles, technology, theory, time, work, and world

Although Einstein enjoyed almost universal acclaim in his day, history has exalted his genius still further by forgetting those few detractors who did exist. . . . Herbert Ives, a physicist for Bell Laboratories, remained unshakeably opposed to relativity, though the Ives-Stillwell experiment which bears his name is generally interpreted as a direct corroboration of Einstein's theory: "His [Ives'] work on the so-called tranverse Doppler effect, performed with Stillwell in the period 1938-41, is one of three crucial optical experiments which, taken together, lead inductively to the Lorentz transformations as used in the special theory of relativity; in a sense it, more than either of the two, may be considered as the cornerstone of the special principle of relativity, as formulated years before by Einstein. . . ." (Howard P. Robertson, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, 1956) "The 'principle' of the constancy of the velocity of light is not merely 'ununderstandable', it is not supported by 'objective matters of fact'; it is untenable, and, as we shall see, unnecessary. . . . Also of philosophical import is that with the abandonment of the 'principle' of the constancy of the velocity of light, the geometries which have been based on it, with their fusion of space and time, must be denied their claim to be a true description of the physical world."

Herbert E. Ives

Source: "Revisions of the Lorentz Transformations", October 27, 1950

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A Quote by Hartman Rector, Jr. on automobiles, baseball, earth, football, god, gold, heaven, life, money, repentance, technology, and tennis

If you are worshipping false gods-such as football, baseball, gold, tennis, or money or technology or automobiles or houses or gold or silver-and you can tell what a man worships by what he does on Sunday-repent and start worshipping the true and living God, the maker of heaven and earth and all things that in them are.

Hartman Rector (1924 -)

Source: Ensign, November 1990, p. 78., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission..

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A Quote by Harry S. Kennedy, D.D. on control, evil, goodness, problems, strength, technology, weakness, and world

I have two basic convictions: First, more harm has  been done by weak persons than by wicked persons; secondly, the problems of the world are caused by the weakness of goodness rather than by the strength of evil. It is evident that we have allowed technology to outstrip social controls.... Man must catch up with what he has created.

Harry S. Kennedy

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on gifts, god, life, motherhood, and technology

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Infinite in All Directions

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on animals, cities, civilization, climate, consequences, darkness, dependence, good, greatness, history, horses, ideas, inventions, life, motives, needs, power, simplicity, technology, and theory

The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. A good example of a simple technology with profound historical consequences is hay. Nobody knows who invented hay, the idea of cutting grass in the autumn and storing it in large enough quantities to keep horses and cows alive through the winter. All we know is that the technology of hay was unknown to the Roman Empire but was known to every village of medieval Europe. Like many other crucially important technologies, hay emerged anonymously during the so-called Dark Ages. According to the Hay Theory of History, the invention of hay was the decisive event which moved the center of gravity of urban civilization from the Mediterranean basin to Northern and Western Europe. The Roman Empire did not need hay because in a Mediterranean climate the grass grows well enough in winter for animals to graze. North of the Alps, great cities dependent on horses and oxen for motive power could not exist without hay. So it was hay that allowed populations to grow and civilizations to flourish among the forests of Northern Europe. Hay moved the greatness of Rome to Paris and London, and later to Berlin and Moscow and New York.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Freeman Dyson Infinite in All Directions, Harper and Row, New York, 1988, p 135.

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A Quote by E.F. Schumacher on direction, doubt, needs, and technology

I have no doubt that it is possible to give a new direction to technological development, a direction that shall lead it back to the real needs of man, and that also means: to the actual size of man. Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful.

E.F. Schumacher (1911 - 1977)

Source: Small is Beautiful, A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, Ch. 10

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A Quote by Edward Teller on science and technology

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.

Edward Teller (1908 -)

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A Quote by Edward de Bono on art, business, competence, creativity, design, ideas, information, technology, value, and water

Water is essential for soup - but soup is more than water. Competence is essential for business - but business is more than competence. What is added to water gives the 'value' of the soup. What is added to competence gives the value delivered by business. Competence is becoming a commodity, Information is becoming a commodity. State of the art technology is becoming a commodity. So what is going to differentiate businesses? How are these commodities to be designed to deliver value? That means design. That means creativity. That means new ideas. Ideas are going to become more important in business than they have ever been.

Edward de Bono

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A Quote by Earl O. Shreve on agriculture, boldness, discovery, effort, future, government, labor, lies, miracles, optimism, progress, promises, science, technology, war, welfare, and world

Despite world unrest, the frontiers of the future lie invitingly before us. They stretch to fabulous horizons of scientific and technological discovery-all holding promise of contribution to the national welfare. But these frontiers of tomorrow call for bold enterprise-for optimism, for the united effort of industry, labor, agriculture and government. In the mounting miracles of science, in the rapid advances of technology, lie the foundations for almost countless new industries and for far swifter social progress. This promise of progress is daily taking more definite shape and clearer form, as it shakes free of the post-war mists.

Earl O. Shreve

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A Quote by Dr. Sumner H. Slichter on doubt, interest, life, possibility, reward, and technology

The possibilities of modern technology are tremendous. If these possibilities can be realized, no one can doubt that we are on the threshold of gaining a far better standard of living than man has ever known. Never have the rewards of willingness to take a broad view of common interests been greater.

Dr. Sumner H. Slichter

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