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Science affects us all-in the words of Albert Einstein, "The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking." It is therefore fascinating to discover the thoughts of scientists, philosophers, humanists, poets, theologians, politicians, and other miscellaneous mortals on this most important of subjects.
A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations is a personal selection of scientific quotations by Professor Alan L Mackay that includes graffiti, lines of song, proverbs, and poetry. Whether you believe that "All problems are finally scientific problems" (George Bernard Shaw) or that "Imagination is more important than knowledge" (Einstein), it is without doubt that "It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations" (Churchill). You will be charmed and delighted by this collection and remember, "'Why,'" said the Dodo, "'the best way to explain it is to do it'" (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll).
Posted January 17, 2011
Few of these great quotations are well-known outside this book. These science quotes range from humor to deep science. Some cast light on educational psychology; some have political insights; and most of the quotes have literary profoundness. Probably half of these quotes are from scientists. My volume is from 1991. I didn't see a quote from Lavoisier. Still, it's a great book I've used probably 50 times (or more). I have had absolutely no connection with the authors or publishers except from reading this book. The book is alphabetical by name of contributor and with a subject index.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.