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Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.

Seience ever has been, and ever must be, the safeguard of religion.

Steam is no stronger now than it was a hundred years ago, but it is put to better use.

Take young researchers, put them together in virtual seclusion, give them an unprecedented degree of freedom and turn up the pressure by fostering competitiveness.

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.

The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us. See quote detail

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning.

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

The intellectual content of religions has always finally adapted itself to scientific and social conditions after they have become clear. . . . For this reason I do not think that those who are concerned about the future of a religious attitude should trouble themselves about the conflict of science with traditional doctrines.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. ... To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the ranks of devoutly religious men.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'

The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I'm talking about an organic computer - about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.

The nineteenth century believed in science but the twentieth century does not.

The person who thinks there can be any real conflict between science and religion must be either very young in science or very ignorant in religion.

The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.


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