Bernard Lovell - a Nice Quotation
  • exchemist August 2012
    I saw the following in the Times today, in a report of a conversation at Jodrell Bank between Sir B. Lovell, then aged 94, and the Times Lit Editor:-

    Editor: "It's too bad people such as me can't understand what goes on at a place like this".

    Sir B, laughing: "But of course they can't understand it, because we can't understand it! If we understood the things we were working on, we wouldn't be working on them; they would have already been understood." 

    Useful for illustrating to the less well-educated among creationists that gaps in understanding, far from being signs of a failure of science, let alone evidence of supernatural intervention, are simply the normal state of affairs and are, in fact, what keeps science alive.