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What’s Science

Science is organized knowledge.Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) English philosopher. Education.

Science is the systematic classification of experience.George Henry Lewes (1817-78) English writer and critic.

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.

Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit: and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman’s cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) English biologist. “The Method of Zadig” in Collected Essays IV.

Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.George Santayana (1863-1952) U. S. philosopher and writer. The Life of Reason.

Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.Jules Henri Poincaré (1854-1912) French mathematician.

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.Adam Smith (1723-90) Scottish economist. The Wealth of Nations, 1776.

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don’t know.Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English philosopher, mathematician.

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) English philosopher and mathematician.

[Science is] the labor and handicraft of the mind.Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English essayist, philosopher, statesman.

[Science is] practical philosophy.René Descartes (1596-1650) French philosopher, mathematician.

[Science is] a series of judgments, revised without ceasing.Pierre Emile Duclaux (1840-1904) French biochemist, bacteriologist.

[Science is] the desire to know causes.William Hazlitt (1778-1830) English essayist.

[Science is] an imaginative adventure of the mind seeking truth in a world of mystery.Sir Cyril Herman Hinshelwood (1897-1967) English chemist. Nobel prize 1956.

[Science is] the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) English philosopher, author.

[Science is] piecemeal revelation.Oliver Wendell Holmes 1 (1809-94) U. S. poet, essayist, physician.

[Science is] a great game. It is inspiring and refreshing. The playing field is the universe itself.Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898-1988) U. S. physicist. Nobel prize 1944.

[Science is] not belief, but the will to find out. Anonymous.

In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in.Cornelius Bernardus Van Neil (1897- ) U. S. microbiologist. 

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. 

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