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Richard P. Feynman
“I have a friend who’s an artist and he’s sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say, “Look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree, I think. And he says–“ you see, I as an artist can see how beautiful this is, but you as a scientist, oh, take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing.” And I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me, too, I believe, although I might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is; but I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time I see much more about the flower than he sees. I can imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension of one centimeter, there is also beauty at a smaller dimension, the inner structure. Also the processes, the fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting–it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: Does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which shows that a science knowledge only adds to the excitement and mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds; I don’t understand how it subtracts.”
Richard P. Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman

Isaac Asimov
“Control of self and society has been left to chance or to the vague gropings of intuitive ethical systems based on inspiration and emotion.”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

Isaac Asimov
“It was less respectable because less immediately useful; and it was poorly financed since it was less profitable.”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

Isaac Asimov
“You must not say ‘never.’ That is a lazy slurring-over of the facts. Actually, Psychohistory predicts only probabilities. A particular event may be infinitesimally probable, but the probability is always greater than zero.”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

“Everyone with a truly deep understanding of physics has revisited all fundamental topics dozens of times at different stages in their learning journey. This is necessary because as your whole understanding of physics expands, you will be able to appreciate completely new aspects of a theory like classical mechanics.”
Jakob Schwichtenberg, Teach Yourself Physics: a travel companion

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