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The Science Coalition, which grew out of an initial
by Charles Vest

The Science Coalition, which grew out of an initial
concept at Harvard and at MIT,
has now grown to an informal group of about 60 research universities.
- Charles Vest

I would also certainly continue to keep loan repayment
interest rates as low as possible.
And I would spread the financial aid a little less
thinly across all income brackets.
- Charles Vest

The thing that we at MIT must understand is the amount
of real damage that is being done to us in the fine
structure of how research funds are expended.
- Charles Vest

We have been restraining the growth of the cost of education-that is,
tuition, room and board-to be within approximately
one and a half percentage points of the consumer price index.
- Charles Vest

 

The term 'cost shifting,' as I use it,
refers to those items in a university's budget that
used to be reimbursed by the federal government but
are no longer paid for by them.
- Charles Vest

Over-reliance on strictly economic justifications has
already begun to hurt the quality and range of education
at every level of American life.
- Charles Vest

We will work with industrial or Dept.
Of Defence sponsorship as long as we keep our principals
of openness firm we're proud to work with the military,
and they respect that in turn.
- Charles Vest

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Our goal has been to more effectively promote the value
of publicly-supported research at our universities,
both to the Congress and to the general public.
- Charles Vest

For much of this decade, both Congressional and administration
budget projections showed a decline in science and
technology accounts of between 20 and 30 percent in real dollars.
The real impact to date has been far less severe.
- Charles Vest

There is no question that we are in a period in which
we are going to have to use those sources to fund about
35 million dollars a year that used to be paid for
by the federal government.
- Charles Vest

Nonetheless, the research budgets of the Department
of Defense are under enormous stress-and they are extremely
important because they support more than 40 percent
of all federal funding for engineering schools across the country.
So the threat was and is real.
- Charles Vest

We are trying to make up these other elements by gaining
cost efficiencies through our reengineering process
and through overt fund-raising activities to better
support graduate education.
- Charles Vest

On the other hand, it is not fair to say that changes
in federal policy have caused our tuition to rise faster.
Every economic argument imaginable would indicate that
we should raise tuition at a faster rate than we do.
- Charles Vest

Given the best of all possible worlds,
I would make a few changes.
I would place emphasis on increasing the amount of
funding that goes into programs like Pell Grants,
that purely and simply award funds to students who
really cannot afford full tuition.
- Charles Vest

Literally from the moment I came in the door of MIT,
it was very clear that a highly productive 40-year partnership between U.S.
research universities and the federal government was badly eroding.
- Charles Vest

Agency by agency, we frequently have lost a bit of ground,
at least to inflation-but had it not been for the efforts
we've made to educate people about the importance of science,
technology and advanced education, those predictions
very well might have come true.
- Charles Vest

Of course, tax revenues have ended up being substantially
higher than they were at the time these dire projections were made,
and we are very close now to having a balanced budget.
All that has been very helpful.
- Charles Vest

I believe that our office has clearly been the leader in building coalitions,
in getting other universities across the contrary to
interact more effectively with the government and particularly the Congress.
- Charles Vest

Looking ahead, I believe that the underlying importance of higher education,
of science, of technology, of research and scholarship to our quality of life,
to the strength of our economy, to our security in
many dimensions will continue to be the most important message.
- Charles Vest

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
- Grace Hopper

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Science merely quantifies and documents
the relationships among miracles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a single light of science, and to brighten
it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
- Isaac Asimov

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science
gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Isaac Asimov

The grand aim of all science is to cover
the greatest number of empirical facts
by logical deduction from
the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
- Albert Einstein

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber,
if he has common sense on the ground floor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Science is simply common sense at its best,
that is, rigidly accurate in observation,
and merciless to fallacy in logic.
- Thomas Huxley

Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question
"How?" but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question "Why?"
- Erwin Chargaff

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
- Carl Sagan

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
- Edward Teller

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.
- Albert Einstein

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
- Jean Rostand

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

"Uncertainty" is NOT "I don't know."
It is "I can't know."
"I am uncertain" does not mean "I could be certain."
- Wener Karl Heisenberg

Anthropology was the science that gave her the platform from which she surveyed,
scolded and beamed at the world.
- Jane Howard

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
- John Dewey

The nineteenth century believed in science but the
twentieth century does not.
- Gertrude Stein

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

In all science, error precedes the truth,
and it is better it should go first than last.
- Hugh Walpole

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries,
is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
- Isaac Asimov

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction
because of the variety of factors in operation,
not because of any lack of order in nature.
- Albert Einstein

Polygraph tests are 20th-century witchcraft.
- Sam Ervin

Whenever anyone says, 'theoretically,'
they really mean,
'not really.'
- Dave Parnas

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
- Niels Bohr

I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.
- E. B. White

There was no "before" the beginning of our universe,
because once upon a time there was no time.
- John D. Barrow

Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light,
they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed.
- Howard Nemerov

Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal
in this country and has been going on at universities
and research facilities for years.
- Mike Pence

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

Facts are the air of scientists.
Without them you can never fly.
- Linus Pauling

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly,
but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.
- Mary Kay Ash

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount
of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry B. Adams

There are no shortcuts in evolution.
- Louis D. Brandeis

It will free man from the remaining chains,
the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.
- Wernher von Braun

I am not a scientist.
I am, rather, an impresario of scientists.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready.
The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
- Robert Quillen

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
- Irving Langmuir

Each problem that I solved became a rule,
which served afterwards to solve other problems.
- Rene Descartes


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