The public seemed to sense, nevertheless, that enormous changes were taking place in man's understanding of the physical world. The phenomena of X rays and radioactivity, the wireless telegraph, electromagnetism, and other recent discoveries had challenged long-held notions about the basic structure of things, and the growing recognition that chance played a significant role in anture's processes undermined the belief that those processes could ever be fully understood. In the nineteenth century science had come to be seen as virtually infallibe; now, quite suddently, the ability of empirical science to explain all things was being called into question, and this was both frightning and liberating.
— Calvin Tomkins, Duchamp
That which is most desirable in the establishment of universal peaceful relations is the complete annihilation of distance.
— Nikola Tesla via Marc Seifer, Wizard: the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla
He is best known for his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (CCP) in which he cross-breeds domesticated chickens from different countries as a statement about the way in which diversity can shape the global cultural and genetic mix.
Tesla told the reporter that he could split the earth in the same way... "The vibrations of the earth," he said, "have a periodicity of approximately one hour and forty-nine minutes. That is to say, if I strike the earth this instant, a wave of contraction goes through it and will come back in one hour and forty-nine minutes in the form of expansion. As a matter of fact, the earth, like everything else, is in a constant state of vibration. it is constantly contracting and expanding. Now suppose that at the precise moment when it begins to contract, I explode a ton of dynamite. That accelerates the contraction, and in one hour and fourty-nine minutes, there comes an equally accelerated wave of expanson. When the wave ebbs, suppose I explode another ton... and suppose this performance be repeated time after time. Is there any doubt as to what would happen? There is no doubt in my mind. The earth would be split in two."
— Marc Seifer, Wizard: the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla
I think possessions kind of weigh you down. They’re kind of an attack vector, you know?
— Elon Musk, "Joe Rogan Experience #1470 - Elon Musk"
A society's beliefs determines its reality.
— Marc Seifer, Wizard: the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla
It's not that people lack the tools to understand art, it's that they lack a reason to give a shit even if they did manage to get inside.
— @bradtroemel, "Repetition Midset: The Unwashed Masses"
Is it the new norm? It may be. And we are trying to have an aesthetically pleasing version of it.
— Resturant guy on radio talking about
We spend at a rate such that, absent growth, the entire endowment would be gone in 20 years.
— Christopher Eisgruber, "President Eisgruber writes to the Princeton community about the state of the University and planning for the academic year ahead"
It would be interesting to look at locations of the American popular imagination, as seen in movies and TV, mapped against regional tax breaks for the film industry.
The first signature in his book is that of President Collidge on August 6, 1924 and the book contains the signatures of other heads of government in the world although for the larger part the signatures are those of business men in the various contries. The book was signed by many American Diplomatic and Consular Officers.
— W. Roderick Dorsey, American Consul General, Letter to The Secretary of State, Genoa, Italy, June 5, 1933
Like it or not, we live in a market-driven society, and science is part of that market.
— Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
That goose is on borrowed time.
— Lily
By pushcart, by ricksha, by pack mule, by rail and by ship, but mostly on my back. It has 2,896 pages and it weights 58 pounds.
— Joseph Mikulec, "His Autograph Load Is Too Much For Him," The New York Times
Gey gave his lab staff careful instructinos for growing GeGe, a line of cancer cells taken from his pancreas. He hoped that his cells, like Henrietta's, would become immortal.
— Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Although some people couldn't see her uniqueness, something that had haunted Frances all her life, others appreciated her almost immediately. Both Neufeld and Breiseth found Frances so facinating that they kept diaries, taking note of things she said and did.
— Kirstin Downey, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins
Frances reminded him that people who are out of sight slip out of mind.
— Kirstin Downey, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins
She found that some officials would enact rules on which they had only tepid interest if they foresaw the prospect of getting a blue ribbon before their peers for their accomplishments.
— Kirstin Downey, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins
This is an idea I took from an Ellsworth Kelly documentary actually, he said he discovered he could play with the same elements again and again and again and you can find endless solutions.
— Alvaro
Frances had made a point of cultivating Al Smith's mother. Now she did the same with Roosevelt's.
— Kirstin Downey, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins