Michael Faraday was an English scientist renowned for his contribution to the study of electrochemistry and electromagnetism. Faraday left school at an early age and joined a local book binder and during his leisure time he used to engage in teaching himself new scientific methods. The first step towards his success came when he built the first electric motor. Having deep interest in Chemistry, he developed one of the most useful equipments in chemistry - the ‘Bunsen Burner’, which is still used in the laboratories. He has made path-breaking discoveries and developments in electricity and electromagnetism which include popularizing terms like ion, cathode, anode and electrode. Faraday grew to become one of the greatest scientists the world knows today. His later discoveries and findings lead to the foundation of electromagnetic theory. He inspired hundreds of scientists and common man through his dicoveries and inventions. We have accumulated some notable quotes and thoughts by the great scientist. Let us browse through the sayings and quotations by Michael Faraday on self-education, natural-philosophy, desire, common-sense, opposition, chemistry, electricity, memory and infinity.
I will simply express my strong belief, that that point of self-education which consists in teaching the mind to resist its desires and inclinations, until they are proved to be right, is the most important of all, not only in things of natural philosophy, but in every department of dally life.
You will be astonished when I tell you what this curious play of carbon amounts to. A candle will burn some four, five, six, or seven hours. What, then, must be the daily amount of carbon going up into the air in the way of carbonic acid! ... Then what becomes of it? Wonderful is it to find that the change produced by respiration ... is the very life and support of plants and vegetables that grow upon the surface of the earth.
No wonder that my remembrance fails me, for I shall complete my 70 years next Sunday (the 22); - and during these 70 years I have had a happy life; which still remains happy because of hope and content.
Who would not have been laughed at if he had said in 1800 that metals could be extracted from their ores by electricity or that portraits could be drawn by chemistry.
Chemistry is necessarily an experimental science: its conclusions are drawn from data, and its principles supported by evidence from facts.
What a weak, credulous, incredulous, unbelieving, superstitious, bold, frightened, what a ridiculous world ours is, as far as concerns the mind of man. How full of inconsistencies, contradictions and absurdities it is. I declare that taking the average of many minds that have recently come before me ... I should prefer the obedience, affections and instinct of a dog before it.
A centre of excellence is, by definition, a place where second class people may perform first class work.
It is the great beauty of our science, chemistry, that advancement in it, whether in a degree great or small, instead of exhausting the subjects of research, opens the doors to further and more abundant knowledge, overflowing with beauty and utility.
If the term education may be understood in so large a sense as to include all that belongs to the improvement of the mind, either by the acquisition of the knowledge of others or by increase of it through its own exertions, we learn by them what is the kind of education science offers to man. It teaches us to be neglectful of nothing - not to despise the small beginnings, for they precede of necessity all great things in the knowledge of science, either pure or applied.
What a delight it is to think that you are quietly & philosophically at work in the pursuit of science... rather than fighting amongst the crowd of black passions & motives that seem now a days to urge men every where into action. What incredible scenes every where, what unworthy motives ruled for the moment, under high sounding phrases and at the last what disgusting revolutions.