Astronomically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations on Astronomy and Physics
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To understand the history, accomplishments, failures, and meanings of astronomy requires a knowledge of what has been said about astronomy by philosophers, novelists, playwrights, poets, scientists, and laymen. With this in mind, Astronomically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations on Astronomy and Physics serves as a guide to what has been said about astronomy through the ages. Containing approximately 1,550 quotations and numerous illustrations, this resource is the largest compilation of astronomy and astrophysics quotations published to date.
Devoted to astronomy and the closely related areas of mathematics and physics, this resource helps form an accurate picture of these interconnected disciplines. It is designed as an aid for general readers with little knowledge of astronomy who are interested in astronomical topics. Students can use the book to increase their understanding of the complexity and richness that exists in scientific disciplines. In addition, experienced scientists will find it as a handy source of quotes for use in the classroom, in papers, and in presentations. A quick glance through the table of contents illustrates the variety of topics discussed. Readers can quickly and easily access the wit and wisdom of several hundred scientists, writers, philosophers, poets, and academics using the comprehensive indexes.
Should not relate, in a verifiable, practical way, to the everyday world. It is also necessary for a fundamentalist belief that it should permit the emergence of gurus, whose pronouncements can be widely reported and pondered on endlessly—endlessly for the reason that they contain nothing of substance, so that it would take an eternity of time to distill even one drop of sense from them. Big-bang cosmology refers to an epoch that cannot be reached by any form of astronomy, and, in more than three.
What word is left for a hypothetical being who answers prayers, intervenes to save cancer patients or helps evolution over difficult jumps, forgives sins or dies for them? Forbes ASAP Snake Oil and Holy Water (p. 236) October 4, 1999 Feynman, Richard God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you’re taking away from God; you don’t need him anymore. But.
The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy Book II, Chapter XVIII (p. 100) Whewell, William The hypotheses which we accept ought to explain phenomena which we have observed. But they ought to do more than this: our hypotheses ought to foretell phenomena which have not yet been observed. The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences Volume II Part II Book XI, Chapter V, Section III, article 10 (p. 62) IDEA Sagan, Carl Someone has to propose ideas at the boundaries of the plausible, in order to so annoy.
Langdon (p. 12) 8 January 1870 For three hundred years now, the Christian astronomer has known that his Deity didn’t make the stars in those tremendous six days; but the Christian astronomer doesn’t enlarge upon that detail. Neither does the priest. Letters from the Earth Letter III (p. 16) 16 ASTRONOMICALLY SPEAKING Unknown Astronomers seem to be able to predict everything more and more precisely—except the end of the century. Source unknown Walcott, Derek I try to forget what happiness.
Glass than clothes. I am as familiar with the stars as the comets are. I know all the facts and figures and I have all the knowledge there is concerning them. I yelp astronomy like a sun-dog, and paw the constellations like Ursa Major. Letter from Mark Twain San Francisco Alta California August 1, 1869 Unknown It may indeed appear extraordinary that no mention should yet have been made of the great desiderata of astronomy,—those questions which have exercised the curiosity and employed the time.