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  • "Perhaps the greatest pleasure in science comes from theories that derive the solution to some deep puzzle from a small set of simple principles in a surprising way."
    John Brockman (1941–), US science writer and literary agent
    Source: This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works (2012)
  • "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."
    Carl Sagan (19341996), 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 (19082000), US philosopher
    Source: Quiddities (1987)
  • "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."
    Richard P. Feynman (19181988), 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 (19081974), 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 (19031989), 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 (18981956), 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 (18481925), British botanist
    Source: Eugenics Review (April 1914)
  • "There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science."
    Louis Pasteur (18221895), French scientist
    Source: Address (September 1872)
  • "Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself."
    Edwin Land (19091991), US inventor and founder of Polaroid Corporation
    Source: Attributed

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