Archive for the ‘science’ Category

Quote of the day, Feb. 21

February 21, 2017

Guglielmo Marconi, on technology

“Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 5

February 5, 2017

Albert Einstein, on success

“The most certain way to succeed is to just try one more time.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 17

January 18, 2017

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“For us, the cave paintings re-create the hunter’s way of life as a glimpse of history; we look through them into the past. But for the hunter, I suggest, they were a peep-hole into the future; he looked ahead. In either direction, the cave paintings act as a kind of telescope tube of imagination: they direct the mind from what is seen to what can be inferred or conjectured. Indeed, this is so in the very action of painting; for all its superb observation, the flat picture only means something to the eye because the mind fills it out with roundness and movement, a reality by inference, which is not actually seen but imagined.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 16

January 16, 2017

William James, on habit (from The Principles of Psychology, 1890)

“Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 8

January 9, 2017

Arthur C. Clarke, on technology

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 14

December 14, 2016

Pythagoras, on man’s soul

“The soul of man is divided into three parts, intelligence, reason, and passion. Intelligence and passion are possessed by other animals, but reason by man alone.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 11

December 11, 2016

Johannes Kepler, on geometry

“Geometry has two great treasures; one is the Theorem of Pythagoras; the other, the division of a line into extreme and mean ratio. The first we may compare to a measure of gold; the second we may name a precious jewel.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 10

December 10, 2016

Galileo Galilei, on science

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 29

November 28, 2016

Charles Babbage, on education and innovation

“If we look at the fact, we shall find that the great inventions of the age are not, with us at least, always produced in universities. The doctrines of ‘definite proportions,’ and of the ‘chemical agency of electricity,’—principles of a high order, which have immortalized the names of their discoverers,—were not produced by the meditations of the cloister: nor is it in the least a reproach to those valuable institutions to mention truths like these. Fortunate circumstances must concur, even to the greatest, to render them eminently successful. It is not permitted to all to be born, like Archimedes, when a science was to be created; nor, like Newton, to find the system of the world ‘without form and void’; and, by disclosing gravitation, to shed throughout that system the same irresistible radiance as that with which the Almighty Creator had illumined its material substance. It can happen to but few philosophers, and but at distant intervals, to snatch a science, like Dalton, from the chaos of indefinite combination, and binding it in the chains of number, to exalt it to rank amongst the exact.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 18

November 18, 2016

Thomas Alva Edison, on success

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”