Quotes of the Day for 27 December 2008 – Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur was born at Dole, France on this day in 1822. His first major work was in crystallography, discovering asymmetry in crystals of identical composition. Pasteur proved that most diseases were caused by invisible menaces we call germs, news that was met by most physicians and experts of the time exactly as a six-year-old boy might: They ignored it and refused to wash their hands. Pasteur went on to develop pasteurization, saved the silkworms at Alais, France by providing a means of protecting their eggs from infection, and developed several early vaccines.
Science advances through tentative answers to a series of more and more subtle questions which reach deeper and deeper into the essence of natural phenomena.
In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.
Imagination should give wings to our thoughts but we always need decisive experimental proof, and when the moment comes to draw conclusions and to interpret the gathered observations, imagination must be checked and documented by the factual results of the experiment.
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.
I am on the edge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner.
A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.
All from Louis Pasteur, 1822 - 1895
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