At every stage of understanding the universe better, the benefits to civilisation have been immeasurable. None of those big leaps were made with us knowing what was going to happen.
Look at that! If you ever needed convincing that we live in the solar system, that we are on a ball of rock, orbiting around the Sun with other balls of rock, then look at that! That's the solar system coming down and grabbing you by the throat.
Feudal societies don't create great cinema; we have great theatre. The egalitarian societies create great cinema. The Americans, the French. Because equality is sort of what the cinema deals with. It deals with stories which don't fall into 'Everybody in their place and who's who,' and all that. But the theatre's full of that.
No one gets teased for being a geek anymore- science is the new rock n roll
If people don't have an understanding of what science is and what scientists do, then they can tend to think that global warming, for example, is just a matter of opinion.
What scientists are attached to is journeys into the unknown and discovering things that are completely unexpected and baffling and surprising.
As we get older, things seem less important.
We explore because we are curious, not because we wish to develop grand views of reality or better widgets.
Climate change: Don't undermine the science just because you don't like the economics
The aim of particle physics is to understand what everything's made of, and how everything sticks together. By everything I mean me and you, the Earth, the Sun, the 100 billion suns in our galaxy and the 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe. Absolutely everything.
In science, there are no universal truths, just views of the world that have yet to be shown to be false.
Deeper understanding confers that most precious thing - wonder.
Skepticism must go hand in hand with rationality. When theories are shown to be false, the correct thing to do is to move on.
An explorer of the universe is sexier than a musician.
When you fall into a black hole you will be literally spaghettified.
Science is about exploring, and the only way to uncover the secrets of the universe is to go and look.
One might say science is the sum total of our knowledge of the universe, the great library of the known, but the practice of science happens at the border between the known and the unknown. Standing on the shoulders of giants, we peer into the darkness with eyes opened not in fear but in wonder.
Every carbon atom in every living thing on the planet was produced in the heart of a dying star.
Science is different to all other systems of thought because you dont need faith in it, you can check that it works.
Light is the only connection we have with the Universe beyond our solar system, and the only connection our ancestors had with anything beyond Earth. Follow the light and we can journey from the confines of our planet to other worlds that orbit the Sun without ever dreaming of spacecraft. To look up is to look back in time, because the ancient beams of light are messengers from the Universe's distant past.
You dig deeper and it gets more and more complicated, and you get confused, and it's tricky and it's hard, but... It is beautiful.
We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.
When we look out into space, we are looking into our own origins, because we are truly children of the stars.
The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!
There is so much left of it to explore.
The fact is that Hollywood, from as early as the sixties to the present time, has ghettoized cinema into the big industry, a marketing industry. In doing this, the audiences have lost touch with the aspects of film which were to be informative and educational and even spiritual.
It would be wonderful if ideas could be the new rock 'n roll
In a sense I feel very much a part of the cinema now in a way where when I come back to the theater now I feel like a visitor. The cinema is really what I enjoy. I want to do more independent movies.
For me, Woody Allen's 'Manhattan' defines New York. Both New York and Manhattan Island should be in black in white! I always hear the soundtrack of Gershwin in my head every time I go over the Queensboro Bridge, or come in from JFK because of it!
[The 1975 Chase Econometrics] showed that for every one dollar spent on Apollo, 14 came back into the U.S. economy.
Don't undermine the science just because you don't like the economics. That's a dangerous slope, because the problem of course is you're not undermining just that, you're undermining the basis of rational decision-making in society.
Science is too important not to be a part of popular culture.
We have written the evidence of our existence onto the surface of our planet. Our civilisation has become a beacon, that identifies our planet as home to life.
For the first time, we saw our world, not as a solid, immovable, kind of indestructible place, but as a very small, fragile-looking world just hanging against the blackness of space.
(On the energy radiated by the Sun) It's four hundred million million million million watts. That is a million times the power consumption of the United States every year, radiated in one second, and we worked that out by using some water, a thermometer, a tin, and an umbrella. And that's why I love physics.