|I cannot look at the universe as the result of blind chance, yet I can see no evidence of beneficent design or indeed of design of any kind, in the details.
– Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
|In the beginning there was an explosion. Not an explosion like those familiar on earth, starting from a definite center and spreading out to engulf more and more of the circurmambient air, but an explosion which occurred simultaneously everywhere, filling all space from the beginning, with every particle of matter rushing apart from every other particle.
– Steven Weinberg (1933-)
|The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there’s any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson (Oct 5, 1958 -)
|There is a thing inherent and natural,|
Which existed before heaven and earth.
Motionless and fathomless,
It stands alone and never changes;
It pervades everywhere and never becomes exhausted.
It may be regarded as the Mother of the Universe.
I do not know its name. If I am forced to give it a name, I call it Tao, and I name it as supreme.
– Laozi / Lao-Tzu (604 BC-531 BC)
|Galaxies are so big that once you get up to their scale, the universe starts to take on an almost country-cottage intimacy.
– Timothy Ferris (1944-)
|I hope. . .to hasten the arrival of the day when eschatology, the study of the end of the universe, will be a respectable scientific discipline and not merely a branch of theology.
– Freeman Dyson (1923-)
|It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil – which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.
– Richard Feynman (1918-1988)
|In the beginning the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
– Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
|The first principles of the universe are atoms and empty space. The atoms are unlimited in size and number, and they are borne along in the whole universe in a vortex, and thereby generate all composite things — fire, water, air, earth. For even these are conglomerations of given atoms.|