Archive for the ‘sicience’ Category

Quote of the day, April 14

April 14, 2016

Christopher Tilley, on metaphors

“To be human is to think through metaphors.”

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Quote of the day, Dec. 17

December 17, 2015

Orville Wright, Western Union telegram to his father, Bishop Milton Wright (17 December 1903)

“SUCCESS FOUR FLIGHTS THURSDAY MORNING ALL AGAINST TWENTY ONE MILE WIND STARTED FROM LEVEL WITH ENGINE POWER ALONE AVERAGE SPEED THROUGH AIR THIRTY ONE MILES LONGEST 57 SECONDS INFORM PRESS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 10

December 10, 2015

Stewart Brand, on science (2009)

“Science is the only news. When you scan through a newspaper or magazine, all the human interest stuff is the same old he-said-she-said, the politics and economics the same sorry cyclic dramas, the fashions a pathetic illusion of newness, and even the technology is predictable if you know the science. Human nature doesn’t change much; science does, and the change accrues, altering the world irreversibly.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 3

December 3, 2015

Otto Lilienthal, on flight

“Artificial flight may be defined as that form of aviation in which a man flies at will in any direction by means of an apparatus attached to his body, the use of which requires personal skill. Artificial flight by a single individual is the proper beginning for all species of artificial flight, as the necessary conditions can most easily be fulfilled when man flies individually.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2015

Wilbur Wright, on flight (1900)

“What is chiefly needed is skill rather than machinery. The flight of the buzzard and similar sailors is a convincing demonstration of the value of skill and the partial needlessness of motors. It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill. This I conceive to be fortunate, for man, by reason of his greater intellect, can more reasonably hope to equal birds in knowledge than to equal nature in the perfection of her machinery…”

Quote of the day, Sept. 3

September 3, 2015

Frank Borman, on Apollo 8’s flight to the moon

“This must be what God sees. (more…)

Quote of the day, March 21

March 21, 2015

Bill Nye, on science

“Everything you can touch and depend on in our society goes back to science.”