The Romantic ‘Scientists’ Speak on Natural Philosophy…

Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete; and that there are no new worlds to conquer. ~ Sir Humphry Davy

To the natural philosopher there is no natural object unimportant or trifling… a soap bubble… an apple… a pebble… A mind that has once imbibed a taste for scientific enquiry has within itself an inexhaustible source of pure and exciting contemplations. Where the uninformed and unenquiring eye perceived neither novelty nor beauty, he walks in the midst of wonders. ~ John Herschel, A Preliminary Discourse io the Study of Natural Philosophy

Someone asked me – what’s the use of a balloon? I replied – what’s the use of a newborn baby? ~ Benjamin Franklin, during the launch of the first ‘true’ hydrogen balloon by Dr Alexandre Charles


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