Saturday, April 18, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (April 12 - April 18)

"They get the theory of nuclear physics thrown at them; sometimes before they ever know there is a phenomenon they have the complete theory of it. The phenomena are not sufficiently emphasized, I think, in teaching today." Maurice Goldhaber, born 18 April 1911.

"Quantum mechanics is the Disney World for adults!" Jan Zaanen, born 17 April 1957.

"There are no limits to what science can explore." Ernest Solvay, born 16 April 1838.

"Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena." Leonhard Euler, born 15 April 1707.

"What a wonderful and amazing Scheme have we here of the magnificent Vastness of the Universe! So many Suns, so many Earths, and every one of them stock’d with so many Herbs, Trees and Animals, and adorn’d with so many Seas and Mountains!" Christiaan Huygens, born 14 April 1629.

"The mathematicians know a great deal about very little and the physicists very little about a great deal." Stanisław Ulam, born 13 April 1909.

"If we look backward, we seem to discern clear signs of progress; if we look forward, we discern nothing but the veil. Science is but organized experience, and experience of the future we have none." Edward Maunder, born 12 April 1851.

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