quote by Ptolemy

Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth.

— Ptolemy

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The heaven is spherical in shape, and moves as a sphere;

the earth too is sensibly spherical in shape, when taken as a whole; in position it lies in the middle of the heavens very much like its center; in size and distance it has the ratio of a point to the sphere of the fixed stars; and it has no motion from place to place.

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.

Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting.

Do there exist many worlds, or is there but a single world? This is one of the most noble and exalted questions in the study of Nature.

God is infinite, so His universe must be too.

Thus is the excellence of God magnified and the greatness of His kingdom made manifest; He is glorified not in one, but in countless suns; not in a single earth, a single world, but in a thousand thousand, I say in an infinity of worlds.

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

In my studies of astronomy and philosophy I hold this opinion about the universe, that the Sun remains fixed in the centre of the circle of heavenly bodies, without changing its place; and the Earth, turning upon itself, moves round the Sun.

Architects should be educated, skillful with the pencil, instructed in geometry, know much history, have followed the philosophers with attention, understand music, have some knowledge of medicine, know the opinions of the jurists, and be acquainted with astronomy and the theory of the heavens

I love biomedical science, I love astronomy, and you can't really do much with those in a fantasy setting.

Those who study the stars have God for a teacher.

I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.

Mathematics is the queen of sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics. She often condescends to render service to astronomy and other natural sciences, but in all relations she is entitled to the first rank.

The phenomena of nature, especially those that fall under the inspection of the astronomer, are to be viewed, not only with the usual attention to facts as they occur, but with the eye of reason and experience.

I turned my attention for a while to gamma ray astronomy and soon began the first in a continous series of experiments at the Savannah River site to study the properties of the neutrino.

There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.

Science Fiction is not just about the future of space ships travelling to other planets, it is fiction based on science and I am using science as my basis for my fiction, but it's the science of prehistory - palaeontology and archaeology - rather than astronomy or physics.

People give ear to an upstart astrologer [Copernicus].

..this fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy

No one can read the history of astronomy without perceiving that Copernicus, Newton, Laplace, are not new men, or a new kind of men, but that Thales, Anaximenes, Hipparchus, Empodocles, Aristorchus, Pythagorus, Oenipodes, had anticipated them.

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.

The Gospel that represents Jesus Christ, not as a system of truth to be received into the mind like I should receive a system of philosophy, or astronomy, but it represents Him as a beal, living, mighty Saviour, able to save me now.

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

The Space Shuttle is the most effective device known to man for destroying dollar bills.

We should do astronomy because it is beautiful and because it is fun.

We should do it because people want to know. We want to know our place in the universe and how things happen.

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.

The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.

Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe.

All this is suggested by the system of procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, "with eyes wide open."

Psychiatry is to medicine what astrology is to astronomy.

Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.

The sculptor, and the painter also, should be trained in these liberal arts: grammar, geometry, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, perspective, history, anatomy, theory of design, arithmetic.

So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.

Bright points in the sky or a blow on the head will equally cause one to see stars.

This sight... is by far the noblest astronomy affords.

It is surrounded by a thin flat ring, inclined to the ecliptic, and nowhere touches the body of the planet.

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