The question is not that easy to answer if one chooses to look deep into the driving motivation behind science generally. Scientia potentia est "Knowledge is power" "Ipsa scientia potestas est" was a phrase attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, it means "knowledge itself is power" and was included in his writings titled "Meditationes Sacrae" (1597) the actual term that is in popular use today, Scientia potentia est (knowledge is power) has been attributed to Thomas Hobbes in 1668 in the written work "Leviathen". Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The questions that come to mind to offer for topical discussion are: Are they correct in their assessment, that knowledge is power? How does this relate to the pursuit of knowledge? What power are they talking about? Do you have any other questions related to the topic? Care to discuss?