Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index L > Category: Looking

Looking Quotes (21 quotes)

Question: Explain how to determine the time of vibration of a given tuning-fork, and state what apparatus you would require for the purpose.
Answer: For this determination I should require an accurate watch beating seconds, and a sensitive ear. I mount the fork on a suitable stand, and then, as the second hand of my watch passes the figure 60 on the dial, I draw the bow neatly across one of its prongs. I wait. I listen intently. The throbbing air particles are receiving the pulsations; the beating prongs are giving up their original force; and slowly yet surely the sound dies away. Still I can hear it, but faintly and with close attention; and now only by pressing the bones of my head against its prongs. Finally the last trace disappears. I look at the time and leave the room, having determined the time of vibration of the common “pitch” fork. This process deteriorates the fork considerably, hence a different operation must be performed on a fork which is only lent.
Genuine student answer* to an Acoustics, Light and Heat paper (1880), Science and Art Department, South Kensington, London, collected by Prof. Oliver Lodge. Quoted in Henry B. Wheatley, Literary Blunders (1893), 176-7, Question 4. (*From a collection in which Answers are not given verbatim et literatim, and some instances may combine several students' blunders.)
Science quotes on:  |  Accuracy (40)  |  Answer (107)  |  Apparatus (19)  |  Attention (40)  |  Beat (9)  |  Bone (28)  |  Bow (4)  |  Close (11)  |  Deterioration (3)  |  Determination (42)  |  Dial (3)  |  Difference (142)  |  Disappearance (17)  |  Drawing (15)  |  Ear (14)  |  Examination (49)  |  Explanation (98)  |  Faint (3)  |  Force (92)  |  Head (23)  |  Hearing (24)  |  Howler (15)  |  Leaving (9)  |  Operation (57)  |  Original (20)  |  Performance (18)  |  Question (177)  |  Room (12)  |  Second (11)  |  Sensitivity (5)  |  Slow (8)  |  Sound (27)  |  Stand (25)  |  State (43)  |  Sure (12)  |  Time (200)  |  Vibration (9)  |  Watch (17)

Accurate and minute measurement seems to the non-scientific imagination, a less lofty and dignified work than looking for something new. But nearly all the grandest discoveries of science have been but the rewards of accurate measurement and patient long-continued labour in the minute sifting of numerical results.
Presidential inaugural address, to the General Meeting of the British Association, Edinburgh (2 Aug 1871). In Report of the Forty-First Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1872), xci.
Science quotes on:  |  Accuracy (40)  |  Dignity (7)  |  Discovery (404)  |  Imagination (140)  |  Labour (29)  |  Lofty (7)  |  Measurement (121)  |  Minuteness (3)  |  New (133)  |  Non-Scientific (4)  |  Number (101)  |  Patience (21)  |  Result (145)  |  Reward (21)  |  Work (243)

At the age of three I began to look around my grandfather’s library. My first knowledge of astronomy came from reading and looking at pictures at that time. By the time I was six I remember him buying books for me. … I think I was eight, he bought me a three-inch telescope on a brass mounting. … So, as far back as I can remember, I had an early interest in science in general, astronomy in particular.
Oral History Transcript of interview with Dr. Jesse Greenstein by Paul Wright (31 Jul 1974), on website of American Institute of Physics.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (72)  |  Astronomy (113)  |  Book (106)  |  Early (15)  |  General (37)  |  Grandfather (2)  |  Interest (94)  |  Knowledge (738)  |  Library (25)  |  Particular (27)  |  Picture (28)  |  Reading (31)  |  Science (984)  |  Telescope (50)

Beware of finding what you're looking for.
A favorite aphorism he often used.
Though widely seen attributed as a caution Hamming often used, webmaster has found no evidence that he originated the saying. If you know a primary source, please contact webmaster.
Science quotes on:  |  Beware (5)  |  Finding (21)  |  Research (375)

Genetics as a whole is the great over-hyped science, and geneticists know that even if they don't say it. All that genetics really is is anatomy plus an enormous research group grant. It's what anatomists did in the fifteenth century-looking at the heart and seeing how it worked. Now, we are doing the same with DNA
Quoted by Sean O'Hagan, in 'End of sperm report', The Observer (14 Sep 2002).
Science quotes on:  |  15th Century (2)  |  Anatomist (8)  |  Anatomy (32)  |  DNA (52)  |  Enormous (16)  |  Geneticist (10)  |  Genetics (81)  |  Grant (9)  |  Group (25)  |  Heart (50)  |  Knowledge (738)  |  Now (5)  |  Research (375)  |  French Saying (57)  |  Science (984)  |  Working (15)

Hot things, sharp things, sweet things, cold things
All rot the teeth, and make them look like old things.
In Poor Richard's Almanack (1734).
Science quotes on:  |  Cold (25)  |  Dentistry (2)  |  Health (98)  |  Hot (6)  |  Old (28)  |  Rot (4)  |  Sharpness (4)  |  Thing (31)

I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same.
In The Works of Sir William Temple, Bart (1814), 506.
Science quotes on:  |  Alchemy (17)  |  Divinity (8)  |  Enthusiasm (23)  |  Natural Philosophy (11)  |  Trouble (25)  |  World (283)

I was thrown out of NYU in my freshman year … for cheating on my metaphysics final. You know, I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
As character Alvy Singer doing a stand-up comedy act to a college audience, in movie Annie Hall (1977). Screenplay by Woody Allen with Marshall Brickman, transcript printed in Four films of Woody Allen (1982), 53.
Science quotes on:  |  Examination (49)  |  Final (19)  |  Freshman (2)  |  Metaphysics (27)  |  Next (5)  |  Sitting (4)  |  Soul (57)

I was working with these very long-chain … extended-chain polymers, where you had a lot of benzene rings in them. … Transforming a polymer solution from a liquid to a fiber requires a process called spinning. … We spun it and it spun beautifully. It [Kevlar] was very strong and very stiff—unlike anything we had made before. I knew that I had made a discovery. I didn’t shout “Eureka!” but I was very excited, as was the whole laboratory excited, and management was excited, because we were looking for something new. Something different. And this was it.
From transcript for video interview (2007, published Aug 2012), 'Stephanie Kwolek: Curiosity and the Discovery of Kevlar', in the series Women in Chemistry, on Chemical Heritage Foundation website.
Science quotes on:  |  Benzene (4)  |  Different (24)  |  Discovery (404)  |  Eureka (4)  |  Excitement (23)  |  Fiber (5)  |  Invention (195)  |  Laboratory (83)  |  Management (7)  |  New (133)  |  Requirement (34)  |  Research (375)  |  Ring (8)  |  Shout (5)  |  Solution (119)  |  Spinning (5)  |  Strong (10)  |  Transforming (2)  |  Whole (48)

I've never owned a telescope, but it's something I'm thinking of looking into.
Brain Droppings (1998), 72.
Science quotes on:  |  Telescope (50)  |  Thinking (179)

If you look into their [chimpanzees] eyes, you know you’re looking into a thinking mind. They teach us that we are not the only beings with personalities, minds capable of rational thought, altruism and a sense of humor. That leads to new respect for other animals, respect for the environment and respect for all life.
From interview by Tamar Lewin, 'Wildlife to Tireless Crusader, See Jane Run', New York Times (20 Nov 2000), F35.
Science quotes on:  |  Altruism (4)  |  Animal (161)  |  Capability (30)  |  Chimpanzee (6)  |  Environment (87)  |  Eye (85)  |  Humor (3)  |  Life (514)  |  Mind (302)  |  Personality (22)  |  Rational (19)  |  Respect (26)  |  Sense (122)  |  Thinking (179)  |  Thought (194)

Is evolution a theory, a system or a hypothesis? It is much more: it is a general condition to which all theories, all hypotheses, all systems must bow and which they must satisfy henceforth if they are to be thinkable and true. Evolution is a light illuminating all facts, a curve that all lines must follow. ... The consciousness of each of us is evolution looking at itself and reflecting upon itself....Man is not the center of the universe as once we thought in our simplicity, but something much more wonderful—the arrow pointing the way to the final unification of the world in terms of life. Man alone constitutes the last-born, the freshest, the most complicated, the most subtle of all the successive layers of life. ... The universe has always been in motion and at this moment continues to be in motion. But will it still be in motion tomorrow? ... What makes the world in which we live specifically modern is our discovery in it and around it of evolution. ... Thus in all probability, between our modern earth and the ultimate earth, there stretches an immense period, characterized not by a slowing-down but a speeding up and by the definitive florescence of the forces of evolution along the line of the human shoot.
In The Phenomenon of Man (1975), pp 218, 220, 223, 227, 228, 277.
Science quotes on:  |  Arrow (8)  |  Bow (4)  |  Center (9)  |  Characterize (4)  |  Complicated (18)  |  Condition (78)  |  Consciousness (39)  |  Constitute (8)  |  Curve (11)  |  Discovery (404)  |  Earth (273)  |  Evolution (355)  |  Fact (357)  |  Final (19)  |  Follow (23)  |  General (37)  |  Human (195)  |  Hypothesis (156)  |  Illuminating (3)  |  Immense (11)  |  Layer (9)  |  Life (514)  |  Light (131)  |  Line (23)  |  Live (18)  |  Modern (49)  |  Moment (26)  |  Motion (79)  |  Period (28)  |  Pointing (3)  |  Probability (61)  |  Reflecting (3)  |  Satisfy (5)  |  Shoot (3)  |  Simplicity (97)  |  Subtle (7)  |  Successive (7)  |  System (77)  |  Term (46)  |  Theory (394)  |  Thought (194)  |  Tomorrow (15)  |  True (35)  |  Ultimate (31)  |  Unification (6)  |  Universe (314)  |  Wonderful (10)  |  World (283)

Man cannot afford to be a naturalist, to look at Nature directly, but only with the side of his eye. He must look through and beyond her.
From Journal entry (23 Mar 1953), in Henry David Thoreau and Bradford Torrey (ed.), Journal (1906), Vol. 5, 45.
Science quotes on:  |  Afford (2)  |  Beyond (21)  |  Directly (5)  |  Eye (85)  |  Man (269)  |  Naturalist (29)  |  Nature (591)  |  Only (2)  |  Side (17)  |  Through (3)

Rejoice when other scientists do not believe what you know to be true. It will give you extra time to work on it in peace. When they start claiming that they have discovered it before you, look for a new project.
'Resolution and Reconstitution of Biological Pathways from 1919 to 1984', Federation Proceedings (1983), 12, 2902.
Science quotes on:  |  Belief (159)  |  Discovery (404)  |  Extra (4)  |  Knowledge (738)  |  New (133)  |  Peace (24)  |  Project (7)  |  Rejoicing (2)  |  Scientist (266)  |  Start (31)  |  Time (200)  |  Truth (492)  |  Work (243)

The illusion of purpose and design is perhaps the most pervasive illusion about nature that science has to confront on a daily basis. Everywhere we look, it appears that the world was designed so that we could flourish.
In op-ed, 'A Universe Without Purpose', Los Angeles Times (1 Apr 2012).
Science quotes on:  |  Basis (29)  |  Confrontation (4)  |  Daily (7)  |  Design (44)  |  Flourishing (5)  |  Illusion (16)  |  Nature (591)  |  Pervasive (2)  |  Purpose (73)  |  Science (984)  |  World (283)

There is plenty of room left for exact experiment in art, and the gate has been opened for some time. What had been accomplished in music by the end of the eighteenth century has only begun in the fine arts. Mathematics and physics have given us a clue in the form of rules to be strictly observed or departed from, as the case may be. Here salutary discipline is come to grips first of all with the function of forms, and not with form as the final result … in this way we learn how to look beyond the surface and get to the root of things.
Paul Klee
Quoted in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Feb 1959), 59, citing Bauhaus-Zeitschrijt (1928).
Science quotes on:  |  Art (94)  |  Beyond (21)  |  Century (46)  |  Clue (8)  |  Discipline (18)  |  Exact (19)  |  Experiment (409)  |  Final (19)  |  Function (46)  |  Learn (27)  |  Mathematics (403)  |  Music (31)  |  Observed (3)  |  Physics (171)  |  Result (145)  |  Root (23)  |  Rule (60)  |  Science And Art (105)  |  Surface (42)

Time is that which is measured by a clock. This is a sound way of looking at things. A quantity like time, or any other physical measurement, does not exist in a completely abstract way. We find no sense in talking about something unless we specify how we measure it. It is the definition by the method of measuring a quantity that is the one sure way of avoiding talking nonsense about this kind of thing.
From Relativity and Common Sense: A New Approach to Einstein (1980), 65.
Science quotes on:  |  Abstract (23)  |  Avoiding (2)  |  Clock (18)  |  Completely (4)  |  Definition (93)  |  Exist (16)  |  Find (65)  |  Kind (36)  |  Measured (2)  |  Measurement (121)  |  Method (89)  |  Nonsense (16)  |  Physical (38)  |  Quantity (27)  |  Sense (122)  |  Sound (27)  |  Talking (6)  |  Time (200)

We have spent the best part of the past century enthusiastically testing the world to utter destruction; not looking closely enough at the long-term impact our actions will have.
Speech, awards ceremony for green entrepreneurs, Buckingham Palace (30 Jan 2014). As quoted in Benn Quinn, 'Climate Change Sceptics are ‘Headless Chickens’, Says Prince Charles', The Guardian (31 Jan 2014).
Science quotes on:  |  Action (72)  |  Century (46)  |  Climate Change (32)  |  Destruction (58)  |  Enthusiasm (23)  |  Impact (11)  |  Testing (3)  |  World (283)

We will look upon the earth and her sister planets as being with us, not for us.
Mary Daly
Beyond God the Father (1973).
Science quotes on:  |  Earth (273)  |  Planet (93)

When Death lurks at the door, the physician is considered as a God. When danger has been overcome, the physician is looked upon as an angel. When the patient begins to convalesce, the physician becomes a mere human. When the physician asks for his fees, he is considered as the devil himself.
In Harper's Magazine (1931-32), 164, 512.
Science quotes on:  |  Angel (10)  |  Consideration (43)  |  Danger (39)  |  Death (199)  |  Devil (9)  |  Fee (6)  |  God (246)  |  Human (195)  |  Lurking (2)  |  Overcoming (3)  |  Patient (61)  |  Physician (179)

[Urbain Jean Joseph] Le Verrier—without leaving his study, without even looking at the sky—had found the unknown planet [Neptune] solely by mathematical calculation, and, as it were, touched it with the tip of his pen!
In Camille Flammarion, Astronomy (1914), 171.
Science quotes on:  |  Calculation (47)  |  Discovery (404)  |  Mathematics (403)  |  Pen (5)  |  Planet (93)  |  Sky (37)  |  Study (188)  |  Touch (22)  |  Tribute (4)  |  Unknown (48)  |  Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier (4)


Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
Quotations by: • Albert Einstein • Isaac Newton • Lord Kelvin • Charles Darwin • Srinivasa Ramanujan • Carl Sagan • Florence Nightingale • Thomas Edison • Aristotle • Marie Curie • Benjamin Franklin • Winston Churchill • Galileo Galilei • Sigmund Freud • Robert Bunsen • Louis Pasteur • Theodore Roosevelt • Abraham Lincoln • Ronald Reagan • Leonardo DaVinci • Michio Kaku • Karl Popper • Johann Goethe • Robert Oppenheimer • Charles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about: • Atomic  Bomb • Biology • Chemistry • Deforestation • Engineering • Anatomy • Astronomy • Bacteria • Biochemistry • Botany • Conservation • Dinosaur • Environment • Fractal • Genetics • Geology • History of Science • Invention • Jupiter • Knowledge • Love • Mathematics • Measurement • Medicine • Natural Resource • Organic Chemistry • Physics • Physician • Quantum Theory • Research • Science and Art • Teacher • Technology • Universe • Volcano • Virus • Wind Power • Women Scientists • X-Rays • Youth • Zoology  ... (more topics)
Sitewide search within all Today In Science History pages:
Custom Quotations Search - custom search within only our quotations pages:
Visit our Science and Scientist Quotations index for more Science Quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists, pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

Names index: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Categories index: | 1 | 2 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
Author Icon
who invites your feedback

Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.
- 100 -
Sophie Germain
Gertrude Elion
Ernest Rutherford
James Chadwick
Marcel Proust
William Harvey
Johann Goethe
John Keynes
Carl Gauss
Paul Feyerabend
- 90 -
Antoine Lavoisier
Lise Meitner
Charles Babbage
Ibn Khaldun
Euclid
Ralph Emerson
Robert Bunsen
Frederick Banting
Andre Ampere
Winston Churchill
- 80 -
John Locke
Bronislaw Malinowski
Bible
Thomas Huxley
Alessandro Volta
Erwin Schrodinger
Wilhelm Roentgen
Louis Pasteur
Bertrand Russell
Jean Lamarck
- 70 -
Samuel Morse
John Wheeler
Nicolaus Copernicus
Robert Fulton
Pierre Laplace
Humphry Davy
Thomas Edison
Lord Kelvin
Theodore Roosevelt
Carolus Linnaeus
- 60 -
Francis Galton
Linus Pauling
Immanuel Kant
Martin Fischer
Robert Boyle
Karl Popper
Paul Dirac
Avicenna
James Watson
William Shakespeare
- 50 -
Stephen Hawking
Niels Bohr
Nikola Tesla
Rachel Carson
Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
- 40 -
Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
Johannes Kepler
Gustave Eiffel
Giordano Bruno
JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
Archimedes
David Hume
- 30 -
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
Charles Kettering
- 20 -
Carl Sagan
James Maxwell
Marie Curie
Rene Descartes
Francis Crick
Hippocrates
Michael Faraday
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Francis Bacon
Galileo Galilei
- 10 -
Aristotle
John Watson
Rosalind Franklin
Michio Kaku
Isaac Asimov
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Albert Einstein
Florence Nightingale
Isaac Newton