Jacob Bronowski


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  • ''No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.''
    Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), British scientist, author. Encounter (London, July 1971).
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  • ''That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.''
    Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), British scientist, author. The Ascent of Man, ch. 4 (1973).
  • ''Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.''
    Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), British scientist, author. lecture, delivered Feb. 26, 1953, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The Creative Mind," sct. 4, Science and Human Values (1961).
  • ''The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.''
    Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), British scientist, author. Lecture, March 19, 1953, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The Sense of Human Dignity," pt. 3, sct. 11, Science and Human Values (1961). Concluding sentence.
  • ''Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.''
    Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), British scientist, author. Lecture, March 19, 1953, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The Sense of Human Dignity," pt. 3, sct. 11, Science and Human Values (1961).
  • ''Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist. And I doubt whether it will be a man.''
    Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), British scientist, author. Lecture, March 19, 1953, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The Sense of Human Dignity," pt. 3, sct. 5, Science and Human Values (1961).
  • ''Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.''
    Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), British scientist, author. Lecture, March 19, 1953, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The Sense of Human Dignity," sct. 5, Science and Human Values (1961).

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