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I am on the edge ofand the veil is getting thinner and thinner.
Louis Pasteur
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Marie Curie confidence
Radioactivity is shown to be accompanied by chemical changes in which new types of matter are being continually produced. ... The conclusion is drawn that these chemical changes must be sub-atomic in character.
Ernest Rutherford change
It was from them that I learned that hard work in stable surroundings could yield rewards, even if only in infinitesimally small increments.
Sidney Altman war
It has long been known that the chemical atomic weight of hydrogen was greater than one-quarter of that of helium, but so long as fractional weights were general there was no particular need to explain this fact, nor could any definite conclusions be drawn from it.
Francis William Aston art
I was trying to make something really hard, but then I thought I should make something really soft instead, that could be molded into different shapes. That was how I came up with the first plastic. I called it Bakelite.
Leo Baekeland thought
X-Ray crystallography is nowadays an accurate and rapid method of determining conformation in the crystal lattice, which conformation usually corresponds to the preferred conformation in solution.
Derek Harold Richard Barton day
With time, many of the facts I learned were forgotten but I never lost the excitement of discovery.
Paul Berg time
Family trips to Yellowstone and to what are now national parks in Southern Utah, driving the primitive roads and cars of that day, were real adventures.
Paul D. Boyer adventure
The gospel comprises indeed, and unfolds, the whole mystery of man's redemption, as far forth as it is necessary to be known for our salvation.
Robert Boyle mystery
We are seeing the cells of plants and animals more and more clearly as chemical factories, where the various products are manufactured in separate workshops.
Eduard Buchner work
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
George Washington Carver freedom
For each of us who appear to have had a successful experiment there are many to whom their own experiments seem barren and negative.
Melvin Calvin success
I spent several years acquiring the obsessive, day-to-day discipline that's needed if you want to write professionally, then several more, highly valuable years studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa.
John Dalton writing
Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.
Humphry Davy art
A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.
Manfred Eigen men
It is commonly said that a teacher fails if he has not been surpassed by his students. There has been no failure on our part in this regard considering how far they have gone.
Edmond H. Fischer art
Chemistry itself knows altogether too well that - given the real fear that the scarcity of global resources and energy might threaten the unity of mankind - chemistry is in a position to make a contribution towards securing a true peace on earth.
Kenichi Fukui fear
The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.
Walter Gilbert science
There are, in fact, very few organic zinc compounds; only the first members of the series, which correspond to the simplest organic radicals, can be prepared without too much difficulty, but they have the disadvantage of being spontaneously inflammable in air and are consequently very dangerous to handle.
Victor Grignard sad
Under natural conditions, the soil does not lose its fixed nitrogen.
Fritz Haber
First we attacked the Russian soldiers with our gases, and then when we saw the poor fellows lying there, dying slowly, we tried to make breathing easier for them by using our own life-saving devices on them.
Otto Hahn life
I learned English, my sixth language at this point, quite quickly.
Roald Hoffmann language
After some time, with my eyes closed, I began to enjoy this wonderful play of colors and forms, which it really was a pleasure to observe. Then I went to sleep and the next day I was fine. I felt quite fresh, like a newborn.
Albert Hofmann time
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
Linus Pauling good
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
James Dewar fun
I learned easily and had time to follow my inclination for sports (light athletics and skiing) and chemistry, which I taught myself by reading all textbooks I could get.
Robert Huber books
One cannot plan for the unexpected.
Aaron Klug unexpected
I was one who liked to work with my hands as well as my brain.
William Standish Knowles work
The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
Irving Langmuir truth
I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which all kinds of composition and decompositions are formed.
Antoine Lavoisier nature
And yet the Nobel Prizes, in singling out individuals, have done a great deal of good in pointing up to the world as a whole and setting forth clearly goals for achievement.
Willard Libby men
If every conceivable precaution is taken at first, one is often too discouraged to proceed at all.
Archer John Porter Martin courage
There is nothing in this world that I fear to say.
Dmitri Mendeleev fear
This ceremony and the intellectual aura associated with the Nobel Prizes have grown from the wisdom of a practical chemist who wrote a remarkable will.
Stanford Moore wisdom
Science grows like a weed every year.
Kary Mullis science
One can state, without exaggeration, that the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis of all human knowledge.
Alfred Nobel knowledge
My father was a lawyer and to my best knowledge nobody in my family before had interest in science.
George Andrew Olah knowledge
The worst manifestations of exhaustion were successfully cured by a long period of rest but it was immediately apparent to me that I had lost once and for all my former capacity for carrying out experimental work until physically tired.
Wilhelm Ostwald success
The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience. It constitutes a shared moment of delight.
John Charles Polanyi men
From an early age I was told that I was expected to do more than continue to run a small business. Education was important and seen as a way of moving forward.
John Pople war
I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the suns energy. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.
George Porter success
Every student of science, even if he cannot start his journey where his predecessors left off, can at least travel their beaten track more quickly than they could while they were clearing the way: and so before his race is run, he comes to virgin forest and becomes himself a pioneer.
Theodore William Richards science
Through art and science in their broadest senses it is possible to make a permanent contribution towards the improvement and enrichment of human life and it is these pursuits that we students are engaged in.
Frederick Sanger life
My parents, Mary Agnes Smith and Rowland Smith, both had to work since their early teens, she in the holiday boarding house of her mother and he in his fathers market garden in Marton Moss, a village on the south side of Blackpool, just north of Saint Annes-on-Sea.
Michael Smith art
The pure air and dazzling snow belong to things beyond the reach of all personal feeling, almost beyond the reach of life. Yet such things are a part of our life, neither the least noble nor the most terrible.
Frederick Soddy life
The investigations which have seemingly been the most purely abstract have often formed the foundation of the most important changes or improvements in the conditions of human life.
Theodor Svedberg life
I suppose the reason I chose electrical engineering was because I had always been interested in electricity, involving myself in such projects as building radios from the time I was a child.
Koichi Tanaka time
And as we continue to improve our understanding of the basic science on which applications increasingly depend, material benefits of this and other kinds are secured for the future.
Henry Taube science
One would think that plants belonging to the same genus would always produce identical or at least similar oils. But this is by no means so.
Otto Wallach think