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                  QUOTES ABOUT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
-Arthur C. Clarke

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button
finger. -Frank Lloyd Wright

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in 
practice, there is.
-Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to 
solve other problems.
-Rene Descartes (1596-1650), Discours de la Methode

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
-Paul Erdos

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back.
-Paul Erdos

The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by 
those who don't have it. -George Bernard Shaw

Logic is in the eye of the logician. -Gloria Steinem 

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
-Albert Einstein

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
-H. H. Munro (Saki) 

Computers, televisions, and most other small household electric
appliances actually run, not on electricity, but on smoke. We know
this because when the smoke escapes, they	quit working.

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a
person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as
possible. -Freeman Dyson

"Mach 2 travel feels no different." a passenger commented on an early
Concorde flight.
"Yes," Sir George replied. "That was the difficult bit."
-Sir George Edwards, co-director of Concorde development 

We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by 
Frankenstein logic. -David Russell

Gravity is a myth. The Earth sucks.

If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am
satisfied. -Alfred Nobel

One thing about the speed of light ... it gets here too early in the
morning.

One thing the inventors can't seem to get the bugs out of is fresh 
paint.

Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds.
Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl.
-Mike Adams

Statistics are like a lamp-post to a drunken man - more for leaning on 
than illumination. -David Brent
 
Since the coming of television we no longer have family circles--we
have semi-circles.

A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and
making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually
die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
-Max Planck

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our
scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. -Charles Lindbergh 

There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis,
then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the
hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. -Enrico Fermi 

A coupla months in the laboratory can save a coupla hours in the
library. -Westheimer's Discovery 

A printer consists of three main parts: the case, the jammed paper
tray and the blinking red light.

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman
arrives.

If the pen is mightier than the sword, and a picture is worth a
thousand words, how dangerous is a fax?

Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over
everything, except over technology. -John Tudor

Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer (not advised)
are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only
curse at are called software. 

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. 
-B. F. Skinner

A beaver does not, as legend would have it, know which direction the
tree will fall when he cuts it, but counts on alacrity to make up for
lack of engineering expertise. -Ann Zwinger 

All the tools and engines on earth are only extensions of man's limbs
and senses. -Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Technology is a servant who makes so much noise cleaning up in the next room that his master cannot make music. -Karl Kraus The clock, not the steam engine, is the key machine of the modern industrial age. -Lewis Mumford Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. -C. P. Snow Technology is not in itself opposed to spirituality and to religion. But it presents a great temptation. -Thomas Merton Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable. -Joseph Wood Krutch If it's stupid but works, it isn't stupid. The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was the genius. To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. -Aldous Huxley Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. -Omar Bradley I should like to see these profound words inscribed on the threshold of all the temples of science: 'The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so. -Louis Pasteur An expert is a fellow who is afraid to learn anything new because then he wouldn't be an expert anymore. -Harry S Truman Of course I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed! -Thomas Edison's Mother Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. -Aaron Levenstein Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. -Martin Luther King, Jr. Pessimists have already begun to worry about what is going to replace automation. -John Tudor We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. -Carl Sagan The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. -Sir William Bragg A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it. -Albert Einstein There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be. -Charles Sanders Pierce Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts. -Brian Aldiss The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions. -Claude Levi-Strauss It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. -Henrik Ibsen Look at these cows and remember that the greatest scientists in the world have never discovered how to make grass into milk. -Michael Pupin Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C. Clarke If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. -Frank Lloyd Wright We don't devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks. -Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Waterson Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. Technology is like a steam roller. You're either on board or you're part of the road. Enough research will tend to support your theory. Someone who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world. Random number generation is too important to be left to chance. Two atoms are walking down the street and run into each other. "Are you all right?" "No, I've lost an electron!" "Are you sure?" "Yeah, I'm positive!" Statistics show every two minutes another statistic is created. Mechanical Engineers build weapons, Civil Engineers build targets. Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.

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