Science quotes: Galileo and George Orwell

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In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. –Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)


The machine has got to be accepted, but it is probably better to accept it rather as one accepts a drug — that is, grudgingly and suspiciously. Like a drug, the machine is useful, dangerous, and habit-forming. The oftener one surrenders to it the tighter its grip becomes. -George Orwell, novelist (1903-1950)