Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eureka?

Overheard: "The true sound of scientific discovery is not, 'Eureka!', but "WTF?"

If anyone knows the original source of the quote, please chime in.

6 comments:

Ben Lillie said...

I think it's generally attributed to Asimov, with "That's funny" in place of "WTF?".

http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/470.html

coneslayer said...

A similar quote, The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!', but 'That's funny ...', is attributed to Isaac Asimov.

dr. dave said...

If you find it, please give a followup post! That would make for a great writing prompt for my philosophy of science course!

Anne M. Archibald said...

There seems to be an Asimov quote to that effect: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!', but 'That's funny ...'"

Jonathan Lubin said...

I’m open to correction, but I thought that it was Isaac Asimov, and that his preferred response was “That’s funny!”

lorax said...

Well, this site attributes it, with slightly different wording, to Asimov, as does this one, so that's probably the original source.