We must make it clear that the scientific vision of the world is neither a rival nor an alternative to any other point of view, but is an essential part of learning to be at home in this mysterious universe.
Robert Hanbury Brown
The function of the scientist is to attain new truths by conquering them from the limitless realm of the unknown, and whether they be brilliant or otherwise, none is too small or insignificant in aspect to deserve his earnest search or joyful welcome.
Benjamin Apthorp Gould
The erection of artificial worlds in space is inevitable. Once man's breakthrough into space has begun, it will be as inversible as the discovery, colonization, and exploration of new countries during the age of great historical discoveries.
The stars are the crucibles of the Creator.
David Gill (astronomer)
Undoubtedly one of the greatest difficulties, if not the greatest of all, in the way of obtaining an understanding of the real distribution of stars in space, lies in our uncertainty about the amount of loss suffered by the light of the stars on its way to the observer.
Counting stars is not unlike counting people or sheep or pebbles on the seashore. The astronomer's difficulties are not in the counting, but rather in knowing when the counting must start and stop.
Frederick Hanley Seares
When theory runs too far ahead of what can be measured, a field becomes more philosophy than science.
Quote of the day
Industry in art is a necessity - not a virtue - and any evidence of the same, in the production, is a blemish, not a quality; a proof, not of achievement, but of absolutely insufficient work, for work alone will efface the footsteps of work.
James McNeill Whistler
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Philip James Bailey
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