March 3rd, 2015

Interesting words - Maria Mitchell (1866)

When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look at the stars will show us the littleness of our own interests.
But star-gazing is not science. The entrance to astronomy is through mathematics. You must make up your mind to steady and earnest work. You must be content to get on slowly if you only get on thoroughly...
The phrase "popular science' has in itself a touch of absurdity. That knowledge which is popular is not scientific.
Maria Mitchell