Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Mathematicians have said many interesting quotable things. If they were also philosophers. Think Bertrand Russell. But have natural scientists? If not, and I think not, why not?

I can't imagine Newton, Einstein or Stephen Hawkins saying things as interesting as, say, any second rate poet like Sir John Betjeman or third rate novelist like Angela Thirkell. Or any decent Daily Telegraph writer.
Professor Haldane, what has your study of biology told you about the character of God? 

J.B.S. Haldane: That he seems to have an inordinate fondness for beetles.

1 comment:

  1. What about:

    “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 sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
    ― Isaac Newton

    "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
    - William Bruce Cameron (a sociologist)

    Yes, I am surprised too; I previously saw this attributed to Albert Einstein.

    But see here: