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132,777. ‘The dramatic advances of the past few decades have led to the discovery of DNA, and to the decypherment of the universal hereditary code, the age-old language of the living cell. And with this understanding will come the control of processes that have known only the mindless discipline of natural selection for two billion years … We will surely come to the time when man will have the power specifically and consciously his very genes. This will be a new event in the universe. The prospect is to me awesome in its potential for deliverance or equally for disaster. (Genetics & DNA & Science & Body) Robert Sincheimer, California Institue of Technology 1966, cited Storyville: The Gene Revolution: Changing Human Nature, BBC 2020
2,496. Only about a third of our sample knew that antibiotics, one of the most important classes of drugs, don’t kill viruses; they only kill bacteria. Only about a third knew the Earth goes round the Sun once a year. And less than a half actually in 1988 were able to say that DNA is a substance that has to do with living things. Professor John Durant, Imperial College, study of British attitudes to science
2,497. The importance of a scientific work can be measured by the number of previous publications it makes it superfluous to read. David Hilbert, attributed, cited Howard Whitley Eves, Mathematical Circles Revisited 1971
2,498. Science can answer the How questions. But what about the Why question? (Science & Question) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
2,499. Science has lost its virgin purity, has become dogmatic instead of seeking for enlightenment and has gradually fallen into the hands of the traders. (Science & Dogma) Robert Graves
2,500. To thee
Science appears but what in truth she is,
Not as our glory and our absolute boast,
But as a succedaneum, and a prop
To our infirmity. William Wordsworth, The Prelude 1850
2,501. Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things: –
We murder to dissect.
Enough of science and of art;
Close up these barren leaves. (Science & Beauty & Intellect & Art) William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned 1798
2,502. Boyle’s List: all but two of twenty four things on this list have now been achieved by science. Science has bestowed upon him powers which may almost be called creative. Humphry Davy, Chemistry: A Course of Lectures
2,503. Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature, that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer. (Science & Progress) Humphry Davy, cited David Knight 1998 ‘Humphry Davy: Science and Power’
2,504. Fortunately science, like that nature to which it belongs, is neither limited by time nor by space. It belongs to the world, and is of no country and of no age. The more we know, the more we feel our ignorance; the more we feel how much remains unknown; and in philosophy, the sentiment of the Macedonian hero can never apply, – there are always new worlds to conquer. (Science & Knowledge & Ignorance) Humphry Davy, Royal Society discourse 30th November 1925
2,505. Letters: Climate Change and the Integrity of Science: We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general, and on Climate Scientists in particular ... We also call for an end to McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues based on innuendo and guilt by association, the harassment of scientists by politicians seeking distractions to avoid taking action, and the outright lies being spread about them. (Science & Climate Science) Science Magazine 7th May 2010, open letter from 255 Members of the National Academy of Sciences
2,506. Science moves, but slowly slowly, creeping on from point to point. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Locksley Hall
2,528. Science changed everything. Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World, Channel 4 2012, Stephen Hawking
2,529. Britain has a tremendous scientific legacy that most people know little about. (Science & Great Britain) ibid.
2,530. Wren wanted to know more; he wanted to know not just form but function ... He wanted to know everything. ibid. David Attenborough
2,531. Working within the newly formed Royal Society was a young man from a very different society and his name was Robert Hooke. ibid. Richard Dawkins
2,532. In 1665 he [Hooke] published his masterpiece: Micrographia. ibid.
2,533. He [Boyle] wanted to find out what air actually was. (Science & Air) ibid. James Dyson
2,534. Boyle’s air pump was a huge turning point: it demonstrated that there was an invisible world all around us whose laws we could understand through experiment and reason. (Science & Art) ibid. Stephen Hawking
2,535. Newton spent much of his time absorbed by alchemy. (Science & Alchemy & Isaac Newton) ibid. Jim Al-Khalili
2,536. He [Newton] wondered what light might be made of and wanted to know how vision worked. (Science & Isaac Newton & Light & Vision) ibid.
2,537. The natural world he [Newton] began to realise might unfold from simple rules and patterns. Perhaps Mathematics was at the centre of every question he asked. (Science & Mathematics) ibid.
2,538. Wren, Hooke and Boyle were all asking the same questions: Were the heavens governed by mathematical laws and could they discover them? (Science & Mathematics) ibid. Stephen Hawking
2,539. Isaac Newton was becoming an increasingly eccentric figure. (Science & Isaac Newton) ibid. Jim Al-Khalili
2,540. Hooke had spurned the one man with the mathematical talents to help him understand the laws of the universe. (Science & Isaac Newton & Mathematics & Laws) ibid.
2,541. St Helena was [Edmond] Halley’s bid to join the big boys. ibid. Kathy Sykes
2,542. [Edmond] Halley flattered, cajoled and chastised Newton in turns. (Science & Isaac Newton) ibid.
2,543. The greatest book ever written in history ... Principia Mathematica. (Science & Isaac Newton & Mathematics & Laws) ibid. Jim Al-Khalili
2,544. The Principia spelled out for the first time the mathematical principles that governed the universe. And the law of gravity that holds all matter in place. (Science & Isaac Newton & Mathematics & Gravity & Laws) ibid.
2,545. Together in the seventeenth century they summoned science into being. ibid. Stephen Hawking
2,546. Sir Joseph Banks, gentleman amateur naturalist ... He arranged to join Captain Cook. (Science & Great Britain) Genius of Britain II: A Roomful of Brilliant Minds, Channel 4 2012, David Attenborough
2,547. The Endeavour set sail from Plymouth on 25th August 1768 bound for the South Pacific and immortality. It would be three years before Banks would see England again. (Science & Ship & Great Britain) ibid.
2,548. The man who discovered how to power the world ... was James Watt, and his steam engine was to drive the industrial revolution. (Science & Industrial Revolution & Steam & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid. James Dyson
2,549. The answer was to cool and condense the steam in a separate chamber outside the main cylinder. (Science & Steam & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
2,550. Watt’s monsters throbbed day and night. (Science & Steam & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
2,551. James Watt’s invention changed the world ... This was the start of the Industrial Revolution. (Science & Steam & Great Britain & Engineering) ibid.
2,552. In the entrails of the dead one man was seeking the truth: his name was John Hunter. (Science & Surgery & Great Britain) ibid.
2,553. What the surgeon did was to cut and hope for the best. (Science & Surgery & Great Britain) ibid. Robert Winston
2,554. Hunter did hundreds of dissections. (Science & Surgery & Great Britain) ibid.
2,555. John Hunter wrote three great treatises ... And became the highest paid surgeon in the land. (Science & Surgery & Great Britain) ibid.