"I think that if the novel's task is to describe where we find ourselves and how we live now, the novelist must take a good, hard look at the most central facts of contemporary life - technology and science."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Richard Powers on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Richard Powers on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Richard Powers on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Richard Powers on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Richard Powers on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I write the way you might arrange flowers. Not every try works, but each one launches another. Every constraint, even dullness, frees up a new design."
"The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we're disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies. That idea has infused most of human thought since the very beginning."
"This idea that a book can either be about character and feeling, or about politics and idea, is just a false binary. Ideas are an expression of the feelings and the intense emotions we hold about the world."
"Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtler than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery."
"I really like science because it seems to be that place where you get the big picture, everything connects."