Simon Newcomb

Newcomb

Newcomb's career highlights

In the late 19th century, Newcomb (3/12/1835-7/11/1909) was one of America's best-known and most vocal scientists.

Favorite Newcomb quotes

If my impressions are correct, our educational planing mill cuts down all the knots of genius, and reduces the best of the men who go through it to much the same standard.

Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.

Quite likely the twentieth century is destined to see the natural forces which will enable us to fly from continent to continent with a speed far exceeding that of a bird.

I had not yet gotten into the world of light. But I felt as one who, standing outside, could knock against the wall and hear an answering knock from within.