"One hardly knows where, in the history of science, to look for an important movement that had its effective start in so pure and simple an accident as that which led to the building of the great Washington telescope, and went on to the discovery of the satellites of Mars."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Simon Newcomb on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Simon Newcomb on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Simon Newcomb on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Simon Newcomb on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Simon Newcomb on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men."
"In 1858 I received the degree of D. S. from the Lawrence Scientific School, and thereafter remained on the rolls of the university as a resident graduate."
"The result was that, if it happened to clear off after a cloudy evening, I frequently arose from my bed at any hour of the night or morning and walked two miles to the observatory to make some observation included in the programme."
"The time was not yet ripe for the growth of mathematical science among us, and any development that might have taken place in that direction was rudely stopped by the civil war."
"My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher."