"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."
Carl Sagan (1934–1996), US astronomer
Source: The Sceptical Inquirer (1990)
"It is the tension between the scientist's laws and his own attempted breaking of them that powers the engines of science and makes it forge ahead."
W. V. O. Quine (1908–2000), US philosopher
Source: Quiddities (1987)
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."
Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988), US physicist
Source: Report into the crash of the space shuttle Challenger (1986)
"The essence of science; ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer."
Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974), Polish mathematician and philosopher
Source: The Ascent of Man (1973)
"It is a good exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast."
Konrad Lorenz (1903–1989), Austrian zoologist
Source: On Aggression (1966)
"The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error."
Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956), German playwright and poet
Source: The Life of Galileo (1939)
"In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs."
Francis Darwin (1848–1925), British botanist
Source: Eugenics Review (April 1914)
"There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science."
Louis Pasteur (1822–1895), French scientist
Source: Address (September 1872)
"Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself."
Edwin Land (1909–1991), US inventor and founder of Polaroid Corporation
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