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    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.

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  2. 9

    The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness.

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  3. 8

    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.

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  4. 7

    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.

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  5. 6

    Science attempts to find logic and simplicity in nature. Mathematics attempts to establish order and simplicity in human thought.

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  6. 5

    No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect.

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  7. 4

    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.

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  8. 3

    There's no system foolproof enough to defeat a sufficiently great fool.

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  9. 2

    The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.

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  10. 1

    Secrecy in science does not work. Withholding information does more damage to us than to our competitors.

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  11. Last Update: 16 January 2022

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