Our Pick of the Most Inspiring Quotations on Science, Metrology & Quality (because our other blog idea was boring)

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Janice Bennett-Livingston
Published: Jan 8, 2014
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Here we are, already in the second week of the new year and it’s time to look ahead. What do the various regulators and standards organizations hold for us in 2014? How will life science industries respond? These are the questions we planned to tackle for this blog. Originally, we thought we would wonder aloud if the FDA and EMA are going to release further any post-pilot guidance on the Quality by Design Assessment in the coming year. (Short answer: maybe...we don’t really know.) But, speculation is boring (and often inaccurate) so we trashed that idea. Instead, we decided that what we really need at the beginning of the year is INSPIRATION! So, we compiled some of our favorite quotes on Science to share. Check out our Quote compilation and send us any good ones we missed. We’ll send you a Vaisala “Care Package” (SWAG and Finnish chocolate!


Vaisala's founder Vilho Vaisala 1934 at work creating the first radiosonde.




“If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” -H. James Harrington

“Production of useful work is limited by the laws of thermodynamics, but the production of useless work seems to be unlimited.” -Donald Simanek (Editor’s note: Our calibration manager offered the above quote and said that IN NO WAY was he pointing fingers

“Every line is the perfect length if you don't measure it.” -Marty Rubin

“9 London inches are equal to 8.447 Paris inches.” -Matthew Raper

“The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.” -Andres S. Tannenbaum (Editor’s note: IN NO WAY is this quote a jab from Vaisala Marketing to Vaisala Calibration.)

“There is no substitute for knowledge.” -W. Edwards Deming

(Note:this is considered as a contrast to the old statement, "There is no substitute for hard work" by Thomas Edison (1847–1931).Deming appears to imply that a small amount of knowledge could save many hours of hard work.)
(Again...editor's note: NO subtle...

“I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong.” -Richard Feynman

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawking

“The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measure anew every time he sees me, whilst all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect them to fit me.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” -Isaac Newton

“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.” -Marcus Aurelius

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.” -Steve Jobs

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” -Aristotle

“There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.” -Charles Pierce

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” -Edwin Powell Hubble

“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.” -Albert Einstein

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” -Richard Feynman

“Any measurement that you make, without any knowledge of the uncertainty, is MEANINGLESS!” -Walter Lewin

And finally

And finally… beloved to millions on YouTube and decades of MIT students, no inspirational blog on science is complete without a nod Walter Lewin’s brilliant teaching methods. Professor Walter Lewin: Ridding the world of “Physics Virgins” since 1968...

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