In the company of friends, writers can discuss their books, economists the state of the economy, lawyers their latest cases, and businessmen their latest acquisitions, but mathematicians cannot discuss their mathematics at all. And the more profound their work, the less understandable it is.
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
The eloquence of a scientist is clarity; scientific truth is always more luminous when its beauty is unadorned than when it is tricked out in the embellishments with which our imagination would seek to clothe it.
Most advances in science come when a person for one reason or another is forced to change fields.
Chemistry means the difference between poverty and starvation and abundant life.
The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments (1960)
Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with.
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Gods are fragile things they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
The Devil (pamphlet), reprinted in Gordon Stein, ed (1980). An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism. Prometheus Books. ISBN 0879751363.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward errors is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
The Descent of Man
Computer science isn't about computers any more than astronomy is about telescopes.
Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
Black holes are where God divided by zero.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know 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.
Suggested remedy for the common cold: A good gulp of whiskey at bedtime — it’s not very scientific, but it helps.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man’s upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1879)
The solemn scepticism of science has replaced the sneering doubts of witty philosophers. The more positive knowledge we gain, the more we incline to question all that has been received without absolute proof.
Currents and counter-currents in medical science: With other addresses and essays
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
Cosmogony and cosmology have always aroused great interest among peoples and religions. The Bible itself speaks to us of the origin of the universe and its make-up, not in order to provide us with a scientific treatise, but in order to state the correct relationships of man with God and with the universe. Sacred Scripture wishes simply to declare that the world was created by God, and in order to teach this truth it expresses itself in the terms of the cosmology in use at the time of the writer. The Sacred Book likewise wishes to tell men that the world was not created as the seat of the gods, as was taught by other cosmogonies and cosmologies, but was rather created for the service of man and the glory of God. Any other teaching about the origin and make-up of the universe is alien to the intentions of the Bible, which does not wish to teach how heaven was made but how one goes to heaven.
October 3, 1981 to the Pontifical Academy of Science
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Be sure of the foundation of your life. Know why you live as you do. Be ready to give a reason for it. Do not, in such a matter as life, build an opinion or custom on what you guess is true. Make it a matter of certainty and science.
Substance and Show and Other Lectures
The great scientists, as all great men, have not been concerned with fame. The joy of achievement that comes from finding something new in the universe is by far their greatest joy. A great research scientist is constantly discovering new things in his field. This is his reward. He knows how to spend long years in preparation and long hours in investigation, with no thought of public honor or reward.
Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.
I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer.
The Gay Science
In spite of all these disquieting triumphs in the field of natural science, it's astonishing how little man has learned about himself, and how much there is to learn. How little we know about this brain which made social evolution possible, and of the mind. How little we know of the nature and spirit of man and God. We stand now before this inner frontier of ignorance. If we could pass it, we might well discover the meaning of life and understand man's destiny.
Science must begin with myth and with the criticism of myth.
If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations, the study of computer science can tell us about the kinds of natural phenomena that can occur.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.
Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong.
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
Wealth of Nations
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
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.
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894