„Science is not about status quo. It’s about revolution.“

—  Leon Max Lederman, The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? (1993), p. 193
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Leon Max Lederman
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„Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.“

—  Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
Against Interpretation and Other Essays (1966), "The Imagination of Disaster" from Against Interpretation and Other Essays (1966), p. 212

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„Science has everything to say about what is possible. Science has nothing to say about what is permissible.“

—  Charles Krauthammer American journalist 1950 - 2018
2000s, 2009, Column, March 13, 2009, "Obama's 'Science' Fiction" http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/krauthammer031309.php3 at jewishworldreview.com.

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Freeman Dyson Foto

„To talk about the end of science is just as foolish as to talk about the end of religion. Science and religion are both still close to their beginnings, with no ends in sight.“

—  Freeman Dyson theoretical physicist and mathematician 1923
Progress In Religion (2000), Context: To talk about the end of science is just as foolish as to talk about the end of religion. Science and religion are both still close to their beginnings, with no ends in sight. Science and religion are both destined to grow and change in the millennia that lie ahead of us, perhaps solving some old mysteries, certainly discovering new mysteries of which we yet have no inkling.

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„Scientific pictures are often not just about science.“

—  John D. Barrow British scientist 1952
Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science (2008), Context: Scientific pictures are often not just about science. They may... have an undeniable aesthetic quality. They may even have been primarily works of art that possess a scientific message. Introduction

Caitlín R. Kiernan Foto

„Art is not science. Even when art is about science, it is still art. There cannot be consensus, in the sense that science strives for meaningful consensus.“

—  Caitlín R. Kiernan writer 1964
Unfit for Mass Consumption (blog entries), 2007, Context: Art is not science. Even when art is about science, it is still art. There cannot be consensus, in the sense that science strives for meaningful consensus. And unlike science, art is not progressive. Personally, I have my doubts that science can be said to be genuinely progressive, but I'm pretty dammed certain that art is not. Which is not to say that it is not accumulative or accretionary. But the belief that sf writers are out there forecasting the future, that they have some social responsibility to do so, that's malarky, if you ask me. Writers of sf can only, at best, make educated guesses, and usually those guesses are wrong, and clumping together to form a consensus does not in any way insure against history unfolding in one of those other, unpredicted directions. People love to pick out the occasional instances where Jules Verne and William Gibson got it right; they rarely ever point fingers at their miscalls. (15 June 2007)

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„We speak of the matter [of this science] in the sense of its being what the science is about. This is called by some the subject of the science, but more properly it should be called its object, just as we say of a virtue that what it is about is its object, not its subject. As for the object of the science in this sense, we have indicated above that this science is about the transcendentals. And it was shown to be about the highest causes. But there are various opinions about which of these ought to be considered its proper object or subject. Therefor, we inquire about the first. Is the proper subject of metaphysics being as being, as Avicenna claims, or God and the Intelligences, as the Commentator, Averroes, assumes.“

—  Duns Scotus Scottish Franciscan friar, philosopher and Catholic blessed 1265 - 1308
loquimur de materia "circa quam" est scientia, quae dicitur a quibusdam subiectum scientiae, uel magis proprie obiectum, sicut et illud circa quod est uirtus dicitur obiectum uirtutis proprie, non subiectum. De isto autem obiecto huius scientiae ostensum est prius quod haec scientia est circa transcendentia; ostensum est autem quod est circa altissimas causas. Quod autem istorum debeat poni proprium eius obiectum, uariae sunt opiniones. Ideo de hoc quaeritur primo utrum proprium subiectum metaphysicae sit ens in quantum ens (sicut posuit Auicenna) uel Deus et Intelligentiae (sicut posuit Commentator Auerroes.) Quaestiones subtilissimae de metaphysicam Aristotelis, as translated in: William A. Frank, Allan Bernard Wolter (1995) Duns Scotus, metaphysician. p. 20-21

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„Saying the Bible is not a book about science is like saying a cookbook is not a book about chemistry.“

—  Robert J. Marks II American electrical engineering researcher and intelligent design advocate 1950
Pursuance of truth requires consideration of a creator. If you define science to exclude the possibility of a creator, it isn’t a pursuance of truth. The universe as accepted by science in terms of size and age is not big enough or old enough to explain evolution. Q&A: ‘Expelled’s’ Robert Marks, From an interview with Jerry Pierce, 2008-01-28, 2008-02-18 http://www.sbtexan.com/default.asp?action=article&aid=5534&issue=2/4/2008,

Victor Hugo Foto

„Cimourdain knew everything and nothing. He knew everything about science, and nothing at all about life. Hence his inflexibility.“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
Ninety-Three (1874), Context: Cimourdain was one of those men who have a voice within them, and who listen to it. Such men seem absent-minded; they are not; they are all attention. Cimourdain knew everything and nothing. He knew everything about science, and nothing at all about life. Hence his inflexibility. His eyes were bandaged like Homer's Themis. He had the blind certainty of the arrow, which sees only the mark and flies to it. In a revolution, nothing is more terrible than a straight line. Cimourdain went straight ahead, as sure as fate. Cimourdain believed that, in social geneses, the extreme point is the solid earth; an error peculiar to minds which replace reason with logic. Part 2, Book 1, Ch. 2

„Science teachers have a special responsibility to study the nature of science as a discipline, how it works, how it is described by sociologists, historians, and philosophers from different points of view…. Science education cannot just be about learning science: Its foundation must be learning about the nature of science as a human activity.“

—  Jay Lemke American academic 1946
Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values. 1990, p. 175; as cited in: Hanuscin, Deborah L., and Michele H. Lee. "Teaching Against the Mystique of Science: Literature Based Approaches in Elementary Teacher Education." Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum presentations (MU) (2010).

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Roger Penrose Foto

„Understanding is, after all, what science is all about — and science is a great deal more than mindless computation.“

—  Roger Penrose English mathematical physicist, recreational mathematician and philosopher 1931
As quoted in The Golden Ratio : The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number (2002) by Mario Livio, p. 201.

Carl Sagan Foto

„We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
"Why We Need To Understand Science" in The Skeptical Inquirer Vol. 14, Issue 3 (Spring 1990) http://www.csicop.org/si/show/why_we_need_to_understand_science

Arthur Stanley Eddington Foto

„…The present revolution of scientific thought follows in natural sequence on the great revolutions at earlier epochs in the history of science.“

—  Arthur Stanley Eddington British astrophysicist 1882 - 1944
Einstein's special theory of relativity, which explains the indeterminateness of the frame of space and time, crowns the work of Copernicus who first led us to give up our insistence on a geocentric outlook on nature; Einstein's general theory of relativity, which reveals the curvature or non-Euclidean geometry of space and time, carries forward the rudimentary thought of those earlier astronomers who first contemplated the possibility that their existence lay on something which was not flat. These earlier revolutions are still a source of perplexity in childhood, which we soon outgrow; and a time will come when Einstein's amazing revelations have likewise sunk into the commonplaces of educated thought. The Theory of Relativity and its Influence on Scientific Thought (1922), p. 31-32

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„Science is widely esteemed. Apparently it is a widely held belief that there is something special about science and its methods.“

—  Alan Chalmers, buch What Is This Thing Called Science?
What Is This Thing Called Science? (Third Edition; 1999), Introduction, p. xix.

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