Typical of the fundamental scientific problems whose solution should lead to important industrial consequences are, for example, the release of atomic energy, which experiment has shown to exist in quantities millions of times greater than is liberated by combustion.

— Arthur Compton

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The benefits of science are not only material ones.

The truths that science teaches are of common interest the world over. The language of science is universal, and is a powerful force in bringing the peoples of the world closer together.


At your next breath each of you will probably inhale half a dozen or so of the molecules of Caesar’s last breath.


It is primarily through the growth of science and technology that man has acquired those attributes which distinguish him from the animals, which have indeed made it possible for him to become human.


The scientist who recognizes God knows only the God of Newton.

To him the God imagined by Laplace and Comte is wholly inadequate. He feels that God is in nature, that the orderly ways in which nature works are themselves the manifestations of God's will and purpose. Its laws are his orderly way of working.


To make the moral achievement implicit in science a source of strength to civilization, the scientist will have to have the cooperation also of the philosopher and the religious teacher.


Life in the twentieth century undeniably has .

.. such richness, joy and adventure as were unknown to our ancestors except in their dreams.


My first feeling about the paper and the attitude is that it is absurd.


Those whose thinking is disciplined by science, like all others, need a basis for the good life, for aspiration, for courage to do great deeds. They need a faith to live by. The hope of the world lies in those who have such faith and who use the methods of science to make their visions become real. Such visions and hope and faith are not a part of science.


Yet is it possible in terms of the motion of atoms to explain how men can invent an electric motor, or design and build a great cathedral? If such achievements represent anything more than the requirements of physical law, it means that science must investigate the additional controlling factors, whatever they may be, in order that the world of nature may be adequately understood.


For myself, faith begins with a realization that a supreme intelligence brought the universe into being and created man. It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it is incontrovertible that where there is a plan there is intelligence--an orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered--'In the beginning God.'


Twenty thousand years ago the family was the social unit.

Now the social unit has become the world, in which it may truthfully be said that each person's welfare affects that of every other.


If co-operation, is thus the lifeblood of science and technology, it is similarly vital to society as a whole.


About Arthur Compton

Quotes 14 sayings
Profession Physicist
Birthday September 10, 1892

Science can have no quarrel with a religion which postulates a God to whom men are His children.