If there ever was a misnomer, it is "exact science." Science has always been full of mistakes. The present day is no exception. And our mistakes are good mistakes; they require a genius to correct. Of course, we do not see our own mistakes.
The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness.
Had we not pursued the hydrogen bomb, there is a very real threat that we would now all be speaking Russian. I have no regrets.
A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.
Science attempts to find logic and simplicity in nature. Mathematics attempts to establish order and simplicity in human thought.
No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect.
I believe in evil. It is the property of all those who are certain of truth. Despair and fanaticism are only differing manifestations of evil.
There's no system foolproof enough to defeat a sufficiently great fool.
The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
Secrecy in science does not work. Withholding information does more damage to us than to our competitors.
Last Update: 16 January 2022
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