Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
I have come to the conclusion that Darwinism is not a testable scientific theory, but a metaphysical research programme.
Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.
We don't regard any scientific theory as the absolute truth
Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that this is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not bring us any closer to the secrets of the "Old One." I, at any rate, am convinced that He is not playing at dice.
I have second thoughts. Maybe God is malicious.
Told to Valentine Bargmann.
The method of science depends on our attempts to describe the world with simple theories: theories that are complex may become untestable, even if they happen to be true. Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification-the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit.
A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice.
Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough.
The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it.
You know how it always is, every new idea, it takes a generation or two until it becomes obvious that there's no real problem. I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem.
It is more important to have beauty in one's equations than to have them fit experiment.
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification.
Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
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.
Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own.
Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks
Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.
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