• A theory should not seek to explain all the facts, because some of the facts are wrong.

    Explanation, Science, Theory

  • A great scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die.

    Discovery, Science, Truth

  • The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

    Belief, Facts, Science, Truth

  • My ignorance of science is such that if anyone mentioned copper nitrate I should think he was talking about a policeman's overtime. Past Archbishop of Canterbury

    Ignorance, Science

  • Genes for the most part cannot act as discrete independent entities with specific properties.Rather they contribute to a network of interactions with quite different functions in different tissues.

    Genetics, Human, Science

  • I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself now and then, finding a smoother pebble than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

    Knowledge, Science, Understanding

  • Genes are so obviously very complex as to defy any profound understanding of how they work.

    Experiments, Genetics, Science

  • There are three stages in scientific discovery: first, people deny that it is true; then they deny that it is important; then they credit the wrong person.

    Discovery, Science

  • For random events to produce even a single protein, would be like a whirlwind spinning through a junkyard and leaving behind a fully assembled jumbo jet.

    Creation, Evolution, Science

  • Scientific truth is the most remote of mistresses; she hides in strange places, she is obtained by tortuous and laborious roads, but she is always there.Win her and she is always yours and mankind's is for ever.


  • I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.

    Education, Science, Students

  • Hindsight is the only exact science.

    Hindsight, History, Past, Science

  • Responsible bio-technology is not the problem, but starvation is.


  • There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.


  • Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house.


  • Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.


  • To mistrust science and to deny the validity of the scientific method is to resign your job as a human. You’d better go look for work as a plant or a wild animal.


  • The scientist who yields anything to theology, however slight, is yielding to ignorance and false pretences and as certainly as if he granted that a horse hair put into a bottle of water will turn into a snake .


  • It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.


  • My theory is that modern science was largely conceived of as an answer to the servant problem and that is generally practised by those who lack a flair for conversation.


  • It was Einstein that made the real trouble. He announced in 1905 that there was no such thing as absolute rest. After that there never was.