"Science is a field which grows continuously with ever expanding frontiers. Further, it is truly international in scope. Any particular advance has been preceded by the contributions of those from many lands who have set firm foundations for further developments." John Bardeen, born 23 May 1908.
"For the mere purpose of entertainment and the excitement of wonder, a display of brilliant electric experiments, even when performed in the most promiscuous and confused order, never fail to afford ample gratification to the curiosity. The studious observer, however, whose business is to inquire into the true beauties of the science, requires the most judicious arrangement of the phenomena that can possibly be devised, in order to facilitate his acquaintance with them, and with the laws by which they are displayed and associated with each other." William Sturgeon, born 22 May 1783.
"(Fresh and deep) ideas, after all, can arise only in discussion, in the face of objections, only if there is a potential possibility of expressing not only true, but also dubious ideas." Andrei Sakharov, born 21 May 1921.
"I think there is a need for something completely new. Something that is too different, too unexpected, to be accepted as yet." Anton Zeilinger, born 20 May 1945.
"...a number of current theoretical explorations will turn out to be passing fancies..." Abraham Pais, born 19 May 1918.
"The most essential characteristic of scientific technique is that it proceeds from experiment, not from tradition. The experimental habit of mind is a difficult one for most people to maintain ; indeed, the science of one generation has already become the tradition of the next..." Bertrand Russell, born 18 May 1872.
"I knew my purpose well and clear: to show how Nature behaves without cluttering its beauty with abtruse mathematics. Why cloud the charm of a Chladni plate with a Bessel function?" Julius Sumner Miller, born 17 May 1909.