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Science Quotes for the Classroom

“Give these people money, let them play, and they'll come up with something.”
        Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) American engineer known for his work on analog computing, the Manhattan Project, and the founding of Raytheon. (Bush is responsible for the whole architecture of government support for science.)

“Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent something.”
      Thomas Edison, Inventor, Scientist and Businessman

“Science does not know its debt to imagination."
      Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
        Nikola Tesla, Inventor and Scientist

“An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.”
        Arnold Glasow, American Humorist

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' ”
       Isaac Asimov

“Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.”
         Nikola Tesla, Inventor and Scientist

“Scientific progress on a broad front results from the free play of free intellects, working on subjects of their own choice, in the manner dictated by their curiosity for exploration of the unknown.”
         Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) American engineer known for his work on analog computing, the Manhattan Project, and the founding of Raytheon.

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.”
     Thomas Edison, Inventor, Scientist and Businessman

“False views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.” 
        Charles Darwin, English biologist

“To pursue science is not to disparage the things of the spirit. In fact, to pursue science rightly is to furnish the framework on which the spirit may rise.”
       Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) American engineer known for his work on analog computing, the Manhattan Project, and the founding of Raytheon.

“Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.”
     Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.”
        Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) English biologist.

“So we find that the three possible solutions of the great problem of increasing human energy are answered by the three words: food, peace, work...Their scientific meaning and purpose now clear to me: food to increase the mass, peace to diminish the retarding force, and work to increase the force accelerating human movement.”
        Nikola Tesla, Inventor and Scientist

“Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) U. S. physicist, born in Germany.
“In Science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurred.”
Sir William Osler (1849-1919) Canadian physician.

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this . . . you haven’t.”
       Thomas Edison, Inventor, Scientist and Businessman

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.”
Albert Szent-Györgi (1893-1986) U. S. biochemist.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
        Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” 
        Benjamin Franklin

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
         Thomas Edison, Inventor, Scientist and Businessman

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
       Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

“The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.”
       Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”
      Thomas Edison, Inventor, Scientist and Businessman

“Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.”
      Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

“The man with a new idea is a crank until the new idea succeeds.”
      Mark Twain, Author and Humorist

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
      Thomas Edison, Inventor, Scientist and Businessman

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
     
  Mark Twain, Author and Humorist

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
      Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

“I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”
     Thomas Edison, Inventor, Scientist and Businessman

On the difference of numbers in math and science:
"When you are studying math, numbers are wonderful beings of light. They possess infinite precision and glow with their own perfection as they dance their intricate patterns and perform amazing feats of beauty.  They sing pure sweet notes that harmonize with the music of the celestial spheres and provide a depth to all processes that they choose to focus their gaze upon.  
In Science, numbers crawl out from under rocks, smell of errors, and are chained to the crude instruments that generated them.  In science calculations, many of the numbers are insignificant and are cast aside as calculator vomit.  In science, numbers are not those pretty things; they work for a living and are often rough and approximate. If they do dance, they are often inelegant, step in puddles or on your feet, deny your hypothesis or make a mockery of your procedures. Science can be a dirty job and numbers can get really filthy."
      Lawrence King (1959-?) Science Educator

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