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Scientifically speaking : a dictionary of quotations
Gaither, Carl C., 1944-
Publication Information:
Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., [2000]

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xiv, 482 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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In these days of ever-increasing specialization, it is important to gain a broad appreciation of science. Entertaining and informative, Scientifically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations, Second Edition contains the words and wisdom of several hundred scientists, writers, philosophers, poets, and academics. The largest compilation of published science quotations available, the book presents quotations that give depth and breadth to science, and provides the visions and styles of scientists past and present. The bibliography is useful if you want more details about the quotations listed. The extensive author and subject indexes provide the perfect tool for locating quotations for practical use or pleasure. This book can be read for entertainment or used as a handy reference.

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A delightful, unique collection of quotations, this volume accumulates a mixture of quotable statements by several hundred scientists, writers, philosophers, poets, and academicians dealing with scientific and technical disciplines and ideas. Earlier volumes (this is the sixth in a series) presented quotations from physics, mathematics, statistics, medicine, and engineering. While the greatest number of quotations fall under the simple subject of science, extensive listings also occur under science and art, freedom, God, morals, philosophy, poetry, politics, religion, and women. Other subjects treat various characteristics of science, such as discovery, experiment, and observation. Helpful indexes cover subjects by author and authors by subject. Cartoons by Andrew Slocombe illustrate some of the more humorous quotes. Although books of quotations are common, few deal with science and technology and have this one's wide range of approaches, from humor to absurdity, from serious to casual. Sources range from unabomber Ted Kaczynski to Einstein, from the Bible to government reports. The book is a wonderful reference for speakers or writers on science, but is also great fun to browse. R. J. Havlik; emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Abstractionp. 1
Administration of Sciencep. 4
Aestheticsp. 5
Age of Sciencep. 7
Analogyp. 9
Answerp. 11
Anti-Sciencep. 12
Applied Sciencep. 14
Axiomsp. 17
Beautyp. 18
Booksp. 20
Chaosp. 22
Common Sensep. 23
Communication in Sciencep. 26
Conceptsp. 30
Datap. 31
Definitionp. 32
Discoveryp. 34
Dogmap. 43
Errorp. 45
Ethicsp. 47
Experiencep. 49
Experimentp. 52
Factsp. 61
Failurep. 67
Formulap. 68
Fundingp. 70
Godp. 71
History of Sciencep. 74
Hypothesisp. 80
Imaginationp. 85
Inductionp. 89
Informationp. 90
Instrumentsp. 92
Intuitionp. 94
Inventionp. 95
Irrationalp. 96
Knowledgep. 97
Languagep. 108
Lawsp. 110
Literaturep. 113
Logicp. 116
Magicp. 118
Man of Sciencep. 121
Measurementp. 127
Metaphorp. 130
Methodp. 131
Mythp. 136
Observationp. 138
Occam's Razorp. 141
Paradigmp. 143
Paradoxp. 144
Prayerp. 145
Predictionp. 146
Probable Errorp. 148
Problemsp. 149
Progress of Sciencep. 152
Proofp. 159
Propositionsp. 162
Publicationsp. 163
Questionsp. 165
Realityp. 168
Reasonp. 170
Relationsp. 172
Researchp. 174
Rulesp. 180
Savantp. 181
Sciencep. 182
Science and Artp. 258
Science and Freedomp. 263
Science and Godp. 264
Science and Moralsp. 266
Science and Philosophyp. 269
Science and Poetryp. 273
Science and Politicsp. 275
Science and Religionp. 277
Science and Womenp. 291
Scientificp. 294
Scientific Glossaryp. 307
Scientific Papersp. 309
Scientistp. 311
Solutionp. 330
Technologyp. 331
Temple of Sciencep. 333
Theoryp. 335
Truthp. 342
Understandingp. 351
Bibliographyp. 352
Permissionsp. 389
Subject by Author Indexp. 395
Author by Subject Indexp. 453