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Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on experimentation.

“There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge… observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.” – Denis Diderot

“Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science.” – Claude Bernard

“The true method of knowledge is experiment.” — William Blake

‘Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.’ — Marcus Aurelius

“Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment.” – Steve Albini

“It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.” – Galileo Galilei

“If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.” — Spencer Silver

‘Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.’ — M. C. Escher

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.” — Thomas Alva Edison

‘When you’re experimenting you have to try so many things before you choose what you want, and you may go days getting nothing but exhaustion.’ — Fred Astaire

“It is only through failure and through experiment that we learn and grow.” — Isaac Stern

“The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.” – Charles F. Kettering

“No experiment is ever a complete failure. It can always be used as a bad example.” – Paul Dickson

“There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller

“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” – Tom Krause

“The true worth of an experimenter consists in his pursuing not only what he seeks in his experiment, but also what he did not seek.” –  Claude Bernard

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The combination of experience and experimentation will ultimately yield a personal sound.” – Mark White

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” – Madonna

“To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching Man to regard himself as an experiment in the realization of God, to regard his hands as God’s hand, his brain as God’s brain, his purpose as God’s purpose. He must regard God as a helpless Longing, which longed him into existence by its desperate need for an executive organ.”-  George Bernard Shaw

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“What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He’s seconded by 12-year-old Amy O’Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: “Once upon a time … ”

While you’re watching the video you may have an uncanny feeling that science and art aren’t as different as you were once led to believe.

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