Category Archives: Science

Quotable #10: Real Advances

“The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination … Continue reading

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Scientists Cite Unread Papers

Isaac Newton stated that “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Scientific breakthroughs are built on previous discoveries. So it’s not surprising that most scientific papers contain a large number of references. … Continue reading

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Theory Versus Practice

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” – Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut “The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary.” – Benjamin Franklin, The Way to … Continue reading

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Thinking About Circles

“A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.” – Isaac D’Israeli “If patterns exist in our seemingly patternless lives — and they do — then the law of harmony insists … Continue reading

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Standing On Each Other’s Shoulders

  “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation.” … Continue reading

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