Vannevar Bush, ca. 1940â€“44
|Born||(1890-03-11)March 11, 1890
Everett, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||June 28, 1974(1974-06-28) (aged 84)
Belmont, Massachusetts, United States
|Institutions||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)|
|Alma mater||Tufts College (B.S., M.S., 1913)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (D.Eng., 1916)
|Thesis||Oscillating-current circuits; an extension of the theory of generalized angular velocities, with applications to the coupled circuit and the artificial transmission line (1916)|
|Doctoral advisor||Dugald C. Jackson
Arthur Edwin Kennelly
|Notable students||Claude Shannon
|Known for||National Science Foundation
|Notable awards||Edison Medal (1943)
Hoover Medal (1946)
Medal for Merit (1948)
IRI Medal (1949)
John Fritz Medal (1951)
John J. Carty Award (1953)
National Medal of Science (1963)
Atomic Pioneer Award (1970)
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To pursue science is not to disparage the things of the spirit. In fact, to pursue science rightly is to furnish the framework on which the spirit may rise.
Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission.
Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic; it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.
If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.