Edwin Hubble Quotes



Best 20 Quotes by Edwin Hubble

“A scientist naturally and inevitably mulls over the data and guesses at a solution. He proceeds to testing of the guess by new data-predicting the consequences of the guess and then dispassionately inquiring whether or not the predictions are verified.”

“All nature is a vast symbolism: Every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth.”

“Astronomy is something like the ministry. No one should go into it without a call. I got that unmistakable call, and I know that even if I were second-rate or third-rate, it was astronomy that mattered.”

“At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed.”

“Equipped with our five senses – along with telescopes and microscopes and mass spectrometers and seismographs and magnetometers and particle accelerators and detectors sensitive to the entire electromagnetic spectrum – we explore the universe around us and call the adventure science.”

“I knew that even if I were second or third rate, it was astronomy that mattered.”

“The universe is unfolding as it should.”

“There we measure shadows, and we search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial.”

“We do not know why we are born into the world, but we can try to find out what sort of a world it is – at least in its physical aspects.”

“We find them smaller and fainter, in constantly increasing numbers, and we know that we are reaching into space, farther and farther, until, with the faintest nebulae that can be detected with the greatest telescopes, we arrive at the frontier of the known universe.”

“Wisdom cannot be directly transmitted, and does not readily accumulate through the ages.”

Hubble's Cosmology Quotes

“The outstanding feature, however, is the possibility that the velocity-distance relation may represent the de Sitter effect, and hence that numerical data may be introduced into discussions of the general curvature of space.”

Hubble's Cosmology

Photographic Investigations of Faint Nebulae Quotes

“The great spirals, with their enormous radial velocities and insensible proper motions, apparently lie outside our solar system.”

Photographic Investigations of Faint Nebulae

The Nature of Science Quotes

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

The Nature of Science

The Observational Approach to Cosmology Quotes

“Past time is finite, future time is infinite.”

The Observational Approach to Cosmology

The Realm of the Nebulæ Quotes

“Not until the empirical resources are exhausted, need we pass on to the dreamy realms of speculation.”

The Realm of the Nebulæ

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“It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. Its a crazy world out there. Be curious.”


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“Observations always involve theory.”

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“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.”

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“With increasing distance, our knowledge fades, and fades rapidly. Eventually, we reach the dim boundary — the utmost limits of our telescopes. There, we measure shadows, and we search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. Not until the empirical resources are exhausted, need we pass on to the dreamy realms of speculation.”

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