Deep thoughts on scientific research

Heard on France Inter the other day about scientific research funding (didn't catch the names of the authors of these quotes though):

"Ignorance will always be more expensive than research."

"Electricity wasn't discovered by trying to improve the candle."

Archived comments

  • InfinitiesLoop said on Saturday, September 30, 2006

    Isaac Asimov: The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but rather, "hmm.... that's funny...."
  • Vikram said on Saturday, September 30, 2006

    "Electricity wasn't discovered by trying to improve the candle." to add to that neither was Asp.Net discovered in trying to improve ASP.
  • Aaron Seet said on Monday, October 23, 2006

    There is another twist to that quote. "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!"