In 1955 Richard Feynman gave a public address to the National Academy of Sciences on The Value of Science:

We have been led to imagine all sorts of things infinitely more marvelous than the imaginings of poets and dreamers of the past. It shows that the imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man. For instance, how much more remarkable it is for us all to be stuck — half of us upside down — by a mysterious attraction to a spinning ball that has been swinging in space for billions of years than to be carried on the back of an elephant supported on a tortoise swimming in a bottomless sea.

Rarely do you read such an elegant, thoughtful examination on not just the beauty of science, but on science’s relationship with society.

That it would come from Feynman, 50 plus years ago, is no surprise.