Monday, August 10, 2009

Humble Before the Mysteries

" 1885, Berthelot, a leading French scientist, declared that owing to the progress of science the world became free of mysteries. Then came a rash of unexpected discoveries: cathode-rays, X-rays, electrons, radioactivity and quanta. The world suddenly looked so mysterious that even politicians took note. On January 21, 1910, Jean Jaures, a leader of the French socialist party, told the Chambre des Deputes: 'The admirable scientist who once wrote that the world is without mystery seems to me to have uttered a naivete as great as his genius.'"

--Stanley Jaki

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