For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom.
Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things.
The most exciting thing in the twentieth century is science.
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.
Today, Academies of Science use their influence around the world in support of human rights.
When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves.
Scientia is knowledge. It is only in the popular mind that it is equated with facts.
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.
In nation after nation, democracy has taken the place of autocracy.
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.
In the late 1950s a major topic under discussion was whether Canada should acquire nuclear weapons.
The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience. It constitutes a shared moment of delight.