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"The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an improved theory, is it then a science or faith?"
"A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, -- a mere heart of stone."
"I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them."
"Nothing before had ever made me thoroughly realise, though I had read various scientific books, that science consists in grouping facts so that general laws or conclusions may be drawn from them."
"It is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
"Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is."
"Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."
"Why is it that you physicists always require so much expensive equipment? Now the Department of Mathematics requires nothing but money for paper, pencils, and erasers...and the Department of Philosophy is better still. It doesn't even ask for erasers."
"To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science."
"I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light."
"The Law of conservation of energy tells us we can't get something for nothing, but we refuse to believe it."
"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge."
"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible."
"Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science."
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
"Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it."
"Paley's argument is made with passionate sincerity and is informed by the best biological scholarship of his day, but it is wrong, gloriously and utterly wrong."
"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."
"To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature. If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in."
Richard P. Feynman
"Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe."
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