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Ralph H Abraham
professor of mathematics, chaos theorist, and founding director of the Visual Math Institute
Science can validate experience, but not deny it
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Amir D Aczel
associate professor of mathematical sciences at Bentley College in Waltham, and science writer
The principle of scientific inference
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Professor Thomas M Addiscott
soil scientist, computer modeller, and science writer
The principles laid down for scientists by the philosopher Karl Popper
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Dr Jim S Al-Khalili
senior lecturer at the University of Surrey in Guildford, and chair of the Nuclear and Particle Physics Division at the Institute of Physics
The scientific method
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Professor Klaus Ammann
director of the Botanical Garden at the University of Bern, and chair of the Section on Biodiversity at the European Federation of Biotechnology
Modern biology starts with influencing the course of biological evolution
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Toby Andrew
statistical geneticist at St Thomas' Hospital in London
Beware the natural scientist who makes generalisations outside their area of expertise
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Frances M Ashcroft
Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline research professor of physiology at the University of Oxford
Science is the art of doubt, not of certainty
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Colin Atkinson
professor of applied mathematics at Imperial College London
All things are made of atoms
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Dr Scott Atran
research director at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris
Charles Darwin's discovery of the creation and evolution of organisms by natural selection
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Branko R Babic
Science is about how things are and how they work, and what makes everything work is energy
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Dr Julian Baggini
philosopher, editor of the Philosophers' Magazine, and columnist at Butterflies and Wheels
The underdetermination of theory by evidence
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Professor Janet Bainbridge
biochemical engineer, and science policy adviser to the UK government
Knowledge of science is fundamental to our quality of life, and the application of scientific discovery is vital
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Dr Sallie L Baliunas
astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, enviro-sci host at Tech Central Station, and former deputy director of Mount Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California
The atom is the fundamental structure of matter
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John M Ball
Sedleian professor of natural philosophy at the University of Oxford, and president of the International Mathematical Union
Distinguish between the mathematical model itself, and some implementation of the model on a computer
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Dr Philip Ball
consultant editor at Nature, and science writer
Science is not merely a collection of ideas, from which one is free to pick and choose according to taste
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Timothy F Ball
environmental consultant, and former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg
The scientific method - how science proceeds from theory to law
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Dr Alec D Bangham
former head of the Biophysics Unit at the Agricultural Research Council Institute of Animal Physiology, and pioneer in the discovery and understanding of liposomes
Amphiphiles are molecules that have an affinity for both aqueous and non-aqueous media
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Simon Baron-Cohen
professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, and director of the Autism Research Centre
Scientists fall in love - with experiments
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Dr Jack Barrett
former researcher in chemistry at King's College London, and science writer
The second law of thermodynamics - that spontaneous changes are accompanied by an increase of entropy, an increase in disorder
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Neil Bartlett
emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of California in Berkeley
Real discoveries in science are unanticipated
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Michael Baum
emeritus professor of surgery and visiting professor of medical humanities at University College London, and chair of the Psychosocial Oncology Committee at the National Cancer Research Institute
Science = imagination + humility2
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Jesse M Bering
assistant professor of psychology at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville
Evolutionary biology implies that human life is meaningless, and existential psychology asserts that human life is fundamentally absurd
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Sir Colin L Berry
emeritus professor of pathology at Queen Mary, University of London
Science is essentially disputative
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Dr Simon Best
founder and chair of Ardana Bioscience
The scientific method, and the basic statistical tools that support it
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James Binney
professor of physics at the University of Oxford
The evolutionary principle
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Stuart Blackman
science writer
Science is nothing but trained and organised common sense
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Dr Susan J Blackmore
visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England in Bristol, and science writer and broadcaster
Evolution by natural selection
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Dr Bob Bloomfield
head of innovation and special projects at the Natural History Museum in London, and NESTA fellow
Science as the search for answers actually generates only more questions
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Professor Sir Walter F Bodmer
honorary head of the Cancer Research UK Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, and former principal of Hertford College at the University of Oxford
The theory of evolution by natural selection
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Dr Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen
reader in geography at the University of Hull, and editor of Energy and Environment
Science is the only method for discovering truth which is potentially accessible to all human beings
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Dr Peter Borrows
director of the CLEAPSS School Science Service, and columnist at Education in Chemistry
The periodic table
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D Keith Bowen
group director of technology at Bede, and emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Warwick
Science is based upon empiricism - the objective observation of natural phenomena, and the attempt to encompass them
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Anthony D Bradshaw
emeritus professor of botany at the University of Liverpool
The process of evolution - that life, in all its diversity, has come about by the process of natural selection acting upon chance genetic variation
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Mark Brake
professor of science communication at the University of Glamorgan in Treforest
You must have doubts about everything you experience
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John E Brignell
emeritus professor of industrial instrumentation at the University of Southampton, and editor of Number Watch
The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority
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L Michael Brown
emeritus professor of physics at the University of Cambridge
By dispassionate measurement and discussion, one can answer questions which are often the subject of heated controversy
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Tracey Brown
director of Sense About Science
Science is driven by truth, and is accountable to reality
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John B Burland
emeritus professor of soil mechanics at Imperial College London, vice president (engineering) of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and member of the commission for stabilising the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Sit down before the facts as a little child; be prepared to give up every preconceived notion
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Geoffrey Burnstock
professor of anatomy at University College London, director of the Autonomic Neuroscience Institute, and editor-in-chief of Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical and Purinergic Signalling
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