Each of the major sciences has contributed an essential ingredient in our long retreat from an initial belief in our own cosmic importance. Astronomy defined our home as a small planet tucked away in one corner of an average galaxy among millions; biology took away our status as paragons created in the image of God; geology gave us the immensity of time and taught us how little of it our own species has occupied.
Ptolemy... against the champions of this or that cosmology of the heavens... had dared to claim that it is legitimate to interpret the facts of Astronomy by the simplest geometrical scheme which will 'save the phenomena,' no matter whose metaphysics might be upset. His conception of the physical structure of the earth, however, prevented him from carrying through in earnest this principle of relativity, as his objections to the hypothesis that the earth moves amply show.ptolemy
The direct tendency of (Astronomy) is to dilate the heart with universal benevolence, and to enlarge its views.
I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican Astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredibleralph waldo emerson
The movement of stars which was calculated by Hindus 4,500 years ago, does not differ even by a minute from the tables which we are using today. The Hindu systems of Astronomy are much more ancient than those of the Egyptians - even the Jews derived from the Hindus their knowledge.Jean-Sylvain Baily
In consequence of the harassing and fatiguing life he had led during the winter months, he used to retire to bed with a bason of milk or glass of water, and Smith's Harmonics and Optics, Ferguson's Astronomy, etc., and so went to sleep buried under his favourite authors; and his first thoughts on rising were how to obtain instruments for viewing those objects himself of which he had been reading.william herschel
For Astronomy is not only pleasant, but also very useful to be known: it cannot be denied that this art unfolds the admirable wisdom of God.john calvin
I do not believe that anything really worthwhile will come out of the exploration of the slag heap that constitutes the surface of the moon...Nobody should imagine that the enormous financial budget of NASA implies that Astronomy is now well supported.fred hoyle
He sounded like Jean-François Revel, a French socialist writer who talks about one of the great unexplained phenomena of modern Astronomy: namely, that the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.tom wolfe
Like literature, philosophy is not distinguished from other subjects by a specific approach to a subject-matter independent of it. Chemistry deals with chemicals, biology with life and Astronomy with very large, very distant objects. Philosophy can boast no such definite subject-matter.david wood
As we look out into the Universe and identify the many accidents of physics and Astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the Universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.freeman dyson
He has made contributions to many areas of science; among them are agronomy , anthropology, Astronomy, bacteriology, botany, economics, forestry, meteorology, psychology, public health, and-above all-genetics, in which he is recognized as one of the leaders. Out of this varied scientific research and his skill in mathematics, he has evolved systematic principles for the interpretation of empirical data; and he has founded a science of experimental design. On the foundations he has laid down, there has been erected a structure of statistical techniques that are used whenever men attempt to learn about nature from experiment and observation.ronald fisher
The science you enjoy now is the science we taught you. The medicine you treat yourselves with is the medicine we gave you. It’s the same with the Astronomy you know, the mathematics, the literature, the art...muammar gaddafi
It must be owned (...) that all the knowledge, whether of physic, Astronomy, philosophy, or mathematics, which flourished in Europe from the tenth century, was originally derived from them; and that the Spanish Saracens, in a more particular manner, may be looked upon as the fathers of European philosophy.
Just as the spectroscope opened up a new Astronomy by enabling the astronomer to determine some of the constituents of which distant stars are composed, so the seismograph, recording the unfelt motion of distant earthquakes, enables us to see into the earth and determine its nature with as great a certainty, up to a certain point, as if we could drive a tunnel through it and take samples of the matter passed through.
God does not justify man on the ground of human learning; attainments in chemistry, anatomy, geology, botany, Astronomy, or skill in sculpture and painting, these do not prepare a man to die.
The physical doctrine of the atom has got into a state which is strongly suggestive of the epicycles of Astronomy before Copernicus .Alfred North Whitehead
In Indian Astronomy, the prime meridian is the great circle of the Earth passing through the north and south poles, Ujjayin? and La?k?, where La?k? was assumed to be on the Earth's equator .
The following are the other extant works generally attributed to Euclid: Phœnomena , a work on spherical geometry and Astronomy; Optics , which develops the hypothesis that light proceeds from the eye, and not from the object seen; Catoptrica , containing propositions on reflections from mirrors; De Divisionibus , a treatise on the division of plane figures into parts having to one another a given ratio; Sectio Canonis , a work on musical intervals.
Mathematics is the queen of the 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.
For Astronomy is not only pleasant, but also very useful to be known: it cannot be denied that this art unfolds the admirable wisdom of God.
Computer science is no more about computers than Astronomy is about telescopes.
"What would we like our children- the general public of the future to learn about computer science in schools? We need to do away with the myth that computer science is about computers. Computer science is no more about computers than Astronomy is about telescopes, biology is about microscopes or chemistry is about beakers and test tubes. Science is not about tools, it is about how we use them and what we find out when we do."
Plato's most enduring influence on science was his advice to approach the study of nature as an exercise in geometry. Through this "geometrization of nature," which could best be done in disciplines that could be suitably idealized, such as Astronomy, one can formulate laws that are as "certain" as those in geometry. As Plato has Socrates remark in the Republic : "Let's study Astronomy by means of problems, as we do in geometry, and leave the things in the sky alone."
Ptolemy... against the champions of this or that cosmology of the heavens... had dared to claim that it is legitimate to interpret the facts of Astronomy by the simplest geometrical scheme which will 'save the phenomena,' no matter whose metaphysics might be upset. His conception of the physical structure of the earth, however, prevented him from carrying through in earnest this principle of relativity, as his objections to the hypothesis that the earth moves amply show.
Pursuing the religious life today without using psychedelic drugs is like studying Astronomy with the naked eye.timothy leary
Just as the line of astronomical thinkers from Copernicus to Newton had destroyed the old Astronomy, in which the earth was the center, and the Almighty sitting above the firmament the agent in moving the heavenly bodies about it with his own hands, so now a race of biological thinkers had destroyed the old idea of a Creator minutely contriving and fashioning all animals to suit the needs and purposes of man.Andrew Dickson White
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