The Future of Astronomy

Boston Transcript

The impression that the mechanics of the universe presented in the future fewer chances for discovery or advance in knowledge than in the past, could only have sprung from ignorance and underappreciation of the magnitude of the problems confronting astronomy and still to be worked out on the broader stage, not merely of the next century, but of the next millennium.

To begin, we must get down to some elementary definitions and make some sharp but fundamental distinctions as to the nature of astronomy which are ordinarily overlooked by the layman in science. All that I can do now is to show how vast is the domain which astronomy has yet to cover in its survey and how puerile is the notion that its methods have exhausted the subjects for their application, and that it has reached its term as a perfect science, or is in any respect devitalized.

Semi-annual Lecture of the Mother Church
April 4, 1903

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