A totally blind process can by definition lead to anything; it can even lead to vision itself.
Jacques Monod, Chance & Necessity, 1972
What you can do with ANOVA
Once it is understood, analysis of variance is a tool that can provide an insight into the nature of variation of natural events, into Nature in short, which is possibly of even greater value than the knowledge of the method as such.
R.R. Sokal & F.J. Rohlf, Biometry, 3rd ed. 1995
Why I am always right
I feel that scientific creativity is rooted in the inner tension, within one and the same person, of knowing that he or she is right and knowing that that conviction has to be proven to the satisfaction of others-in a journal article.
Roald Hoffmann, The Same and not the Same, 1995
So much for poetry
Through a poet's eyes, we see the superficialities of events...But through a scientist's eyes, we penetrate the surface and see the spirit within.
Peter Atkins, Galileo's Finger, 2003
Entropy of birding
Science, it has been said, begins in observation. The best way to become acquainted with birds, for example, is to look at some birds. A good way to become acquainted with entropy is to look at some entropies.
Henry A. Bent, The Second Law, 1965
20 September 2007