30 Inspirational Phil Plait Quotes on Science

Date of Birth: September 30, 1964, Washington, DC, USA


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Phil Plait, also known as The Bad Astronomer, is an astronomer, author, and science communicator. He wrote and hosted Crash Course Astronomy, was the head science writer of Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix, and has appeared as a talking head on approximately a bazillion Discovery Channel shows.

He writes the Bad Astronomy blog where he covers the entire Universe: Real science, astronomy, space exploration, and even the politics of science.

Quotes by Phil Plait


“They had thrived on Earth for millions of years, but their own waste killed them.” Phil Plait
“If you wish to view this as a cautionary tale, be my guest.” Phil Plait
If you took every nuclear weapon ever built at the height of the Cold War, lumped them together and blew them up at the same time, that would be one one-millionth of the energy released at that moment.Phil Plait
“They say that even the brightest star won’t shine forever. But in fact, the brightest star would live the shortest amount of time. Feel free to extract whatever life lesson you want from that.” Phil Plait
However, science isn't just about showing when you're right; it's also about showing when you're wrong.Phil Plait
The best idea ever thought of in the history of humanity is useless unless someone communicates it. It will die in the test tube. And in our case, what we're communicating here to people is not necessarily something they want to hear. And so, our demeanor - how we deliver this message - takes on crucial, crucial importance.Phil Plait
“Sure, black holes can kill us, and in a variety of interesting and gruesome ways. But, all in all, we may owe our very existence to them.” Phil Plait
Some people try to tell me that science will never answer the big questions we have in life. To them I say: baloney! The real problem is your questions aren't big enough.Phil Plait
“They say that even the brightest star won't shine forever. But in fact, the brightest star would live the shortest amount of time. Feel free to extract whatever life lesson you want from that.” Phil Plait
I still hear some people say that science takes the wonder out of life. Those people are utterly wrong. Science takes us to the wonder.Phil Plait
“I am using the word theory as a scientist means it: a set of ideas so well established by observations and physical models that it is essentially indistinguishable from fact. That is different from the colloquial use that means "guess." To a scientist, you can bet your life on a theory. Remember, gravity is just a theory too.” Phil Plait
Other job markets may lay claim to the title, but astronomy is actually the world's oldest profession.Phil Plait
Sometimes, even by accident, the universe makes beauty, and we can stand back in awe of it. Even better - we can figure out why. Science! I love this stuff.Phil Plait
“Science asymptotically approaches reality.” Phil Plait
It’s dead obvious that creationism isn’t science, or even bad science. It’s nonsense. But I’ve long stated it’s also bad religion, because it doesn’t just take faith, it also takes a phenomenal disregard of reality.