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Quotes of the Day for 29 October 2001 – Stars

Edmund Halley was born at Hagereston, Middlesex, England on this day in 1656. He was a scientist of wide interest, what was then called a "natural philosopher." He worked with Newton on gravity, was the first to identify tradewinds and contributed to the understanding of tides, published on the relationship of the barometer to weather, and many other significant work. But mostly we remember him as an astronomer, the first to identify and predict the orbit of a comet. Halley watched the stars, I'll pick some quotes on same.

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The quotes:

Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things within that enormous immensity.
     - Werner von Braun

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation it would appear that God has a special fondness for stars and beetles.
     - J. B. S. Haldane, 1892 - 1964

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
     - Richard Feynman

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