But one who philosophises rightly and in order, should dissect nature and not abstract her…
Sir Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, Principles and Origins and Thoughts on the Nature of Things
We can’t have light science without a light philosophy.
Werner Heisenberg, Physicist, 1901-76
Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification.
Karl Popper (1902 — 1994) Austrian-born British philosopher. Aug 1982
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893—92) Hungarian-born US biochemist.
If all the arts aspire to the condition of music,
all sciences aspire to the condition of mathematics.
George Santayana (1863—1952) US philosopher. The Observer, 4 Mar 1928
Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.
Claude Debussy (1862—1918) French composer. Attrib.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Science, Philosophy and Religion: a symposium
God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us: we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Memoirs (Riemer)
ULYSSES. O, when degree is shak’d,
which is the ladder of all high designs,
the enterprise is sick!
William Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida