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: 1969 The Andromeda Strain.
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.Rutherford, Ernest, Baron Rutherford of Nelson: Quoted inJ B Birks Rutherford at Manchester (1962).
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: 1955 The Sane Society.
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: 1920 Reconstruction in Philosophy.
“Which is Better: the Latke or the Hamantash?” is not a valid question, even though this has now been debated for 50 years.* The question does not exhibit the necessary property of universality.* It is culturally biased, implies gender specificity, exhibits geographical chauvinism and appeals to special interests.* It is not value-free.This question would not pass scrutiny on an SAT test, since it unfairly favors one ethnic and gender group over another: e.g., it favors the NY and Brooklyn establishment over the Midwest Rust Belt, and pits female latke workers against male hamantash bakers. In short, it is Politically Incorrect. Physics does not ask which is better: the proton or neutron, baryon or lepton, helium or neon, the conductor or insulator. These are simply properties of nature. Rather, physics asks: “Why?” or “Which is more important or more fundamental?” or “Who published it first?”as quoted in Ruth Fredman Cernea, Ted (FRW) Cohen (2006). The great latke-hamantash debate. University of Chicago Press. p. 153. ISBN 0226100243.
"[Computer science] is not really about computers -- and it's not about computers in the same sense that physics is not really about particle accelerators, and biology is not about microscopes and Petri dishes...and geometry isn't really about using surveying instruments. Now the reason that we think computer science is about computers is pretty much the same reason that the Egyptians thought geometry was about surveying instruments: when some field is just getting started and you don't really understand it very well, it's very easy to confuse the essence of what you're doing with the tools that you use."hal abelson: Source: YouTube video
Certainly we do not need quantum mechanics for macroscopic objects, which are well described by classical physics – this is the reason why quantum mechanics seems so foreign to our everyday existence.alain aspect: in the introduction of John Stewart Bell's Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press. 2004. p. xxix. ISBN 0521523389.
Politics follows the lines of physics: every action creates an equal and opposite reaction.john avlon: The Rise of Political Extremism and the Decline of Decency, April 8, 2010. US News.
Peace is never long preserved by weight of metal or by an armament race. Peace can be made tranquil and secure only by understanding and agreement fortified by sanctions. We must embrace international cooperation or international disintegration. Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human dignity. We are now facing a problem more of ethics than of physics.bernard baruch: Address to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (14 June 1946)