Monday, April 13, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (April 5 - April 11)

"Always try the problem that matters most to you." Andrew Wiles, born 11 April 1953.

"Science that abdicates its cultural values risks being perceived as an extension of technology, an instrument in the hands of political or economic power. Humanity that disavows science risks falling into the hands of superstition." Nicola Cabibbo, born 10 April 1935.

"When it comes to scientific matters the ready talkers simply run riot. There are a lot of pseudo-scientists who with a little technical jargon to spatter through their talk are always getting in the limelight by making startling predictions of what the future has in store, using as their text the most recent discovery or invention." Charles Steinmetz, born 9 April 1865.

"The direct tendency of [Astronomy] is to dilate the heart with universal benevolence, and to enlarge its views." David Rittenhouse, born 8 April 1732.

"There is no promised road leading to definite results. What's important is how to keep open as many options as possible." Makoto Kobayashi, born 7 April 1944.

"It’s the boundaries where the excitement is and where we will be in the future." Horst Störmer, born 6 April 1949.

"One should not make things complicated when a simple explanation will do." Ivar Giaever, born 5 April 1929.

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