Physics was the first of the natural sciences to
become fully modern and
highly mathematical.Chemistry followed in the
wake of physics, but biology, the retarded child,
lagged far behind. Michael Crichton The Andromeda Strain.
When physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, contribute to the detection of
concrete human woes and to the development of
plans for remedying them and relieving the human estate,
they become moral; they become part of the
apparatus of moral inquiry or science When the
consciousness of science is fully impregnated with the
consciousness of human value, the greatest dualism which now
weighs humanity down, the split between the
material, the mechanical and the scientific and the moral and
ideal will be destroyed. John Dewey Reconstruction in Philosophy.
The pace of science forces the pace of technique. Theoretical physics
forces atomic energy on us; the successful
production of the fission bomb forces upon us the manufacture
of the hydrogen bomb.We do not choose our
problems, we do not choose our products; we are pushed, we
are forcedby what? Bya system which has no
purpose and goal transcending it, and which makes man its
appendix. Erich Fromm The Sane Society.
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a
resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort
to physics and chemistry. H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken 'Minority Report'.
Collected in Notebooks (1956).
All science is either physics or stamp collecting. Ernest, Baron Rutherford of Nelson Rutherford Quoted inJ B Birks
Rutherford at Manchester (1962).