Don Cass

Some Favorite Quotations

While I’ve just begun this page, I hope it will turn into a collection of some of my favorite thoughts of others….

* EDUCATION
o What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out. (Bertrand Russel)
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* SCIENCE
o If all experiments turned out as we intended, we mnight as well not be doing experiments (Lewis Thomas)
o Science is imagination constrained by data (?)
o There are never any unsuccessful experiments. (Claude Bernard)
o The difference between the amoeba and Einstein is that, although both use trial and error, the amoeba dislikes erring, while Einstein is intrigued by it (Karl Popper)
o We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about “and.” (J Arthur Eddington)
o The essence of science is to discover identity in difference (F.S. Merwin)
o A good chemical article is a work of art: a man-made abstraction of chemical activity which creates an emotional or aesthetic response in its readers. (Roald Hoffman)
o Chemistry is not thta different from romance – we approach both with a piecewise reliable set of images (Roald Hoffman)

* LIFE
o The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marval of DNA, Without it, we would still be anaerovbbic bacteria. (Lewis Thomas)
o Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one. (Voltaire)
o Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things of rationality. (Bertrand Russel)
o Strive for simplicity., but learn to mistrust simplifications. (A. N. Whitehead)

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