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John Charles Polanyi
January 23, 1929 -
Nationality: Canadian
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: Canadian Scientist

For scholarship - if it is to be scholarship - requires, in addition to liberty, that the truth take precedence over all sectarian interests, including self-interest.


Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth. Stifle dissent and you end that journey.


Young people ask me if this country is serious about science. They aren't thinking about the passport that they will hold, but the country that they must rely on for support and encouragement.


It is this, at its most basic, that makes science a humane pursuit; it acknowledges the commonality of people's experience.


Our assessment of socio-economic worth is largely a sham. We scientists should not lend ourselves to it - though we routinely do. We should, instead, insist on applying the criterion of quality.


Scientia is knowledge. It is only in the popular mind that it is equated with facts.


A new sense of shared international responsibility is unmistakable in the voices of the United Nations and its agencies, and in the civil society of thousands of supra-national NGOs.


Though we explore in a culturally-conditioned way, the reality we sketch is universal.


The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience. It constitutes a shared moment of delight.


Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover things that can be used for good.


Today, Academies of Science use their influence around the world in support of human rights.


In nation after nation, democracy has taken the place of autocracy.


The respect for human rights, essential if we are to use technology wisely, is not something alien that must be grafted onto science. On the contrary, it is integral to science, as also to scholarship in general.


Science never gives up searching for truth, since it never claims to have achieved it.


For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom.


When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves.


The eye searches for shapes. It searches for a beginning, a middle, and an end.


Individual scientists like myself - and many more conspicuous - pointed to the dangers of radioactive fallout over Canada if we were to launch nuclear weapons to intercept incoming bombers.


Better to die in the pursuit of civilized values, we believed, than in a flight underground. We were offering a value system couched in the language of science.


The scientific and scholarly community is marked by the belief that the truth is to be found in all; none can claim it as their monopoly.


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