Saturday, May 30, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (May 24 - May 30)

"Scientists tend to resist interdisciplinary inquiries into their own territory. In many instances, such parochialism is founded on the fear that intrusion from other disciplines would compete unfairly for limited financial resources and thus diminish their own opportunity for research." Hannes Alfvén, born 30 May 1908.

"(Physics) is about understanding! Understanding the world!" Peter Higgs, born 29 May 1929.

"Only by doing the best we can with the very best that an era offers, do we find the way to do better in the future." Frank Drake, born 28 May 1930.

"Good physics can be done if we have a good shop. ... Given a good shop and good measurement equipment a sound physicist can do wonderful work." W.W.Hansen, born 27 May 1909.

"When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen." Sally Ride, born 26 May 1951.

"The problem of transmitting scientific knowledge is a very difficult business." Jack Steinberger, born 25 May 1921.

"Every failure is a step to success." William Whewell, born 24 May 1794.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (May 17 - May 23)

"Science is a field which grows continuously with ever expanding frontiers. Further, it is truly international in scope. Any particular advance has been preceded by the contributions of those from many lands who have set firm foundations for further developments." John Bardeen, born 23 May 1908.

"For the mere purpose of entertainment and the excitement of wonder, a display of brilliant electric experiments, even when performed in the most promiscuous and confused order, never fail to afford ample gratification to the curiosity. The studious observer, however, whose business is to inquire into the true beauties of the science, requires the most judicious arrangement of the phenomena that can possibly be devised, in order to facilitate his acquaintance with them, and with the laws by which they are displayed and associated with each other." William Sturgeon, born 22 May 1783.

"(Fresh and deep) ideas, after all, can arise only in discussion, in the face of objections, only if there is a potential possibility of expressing not only true, but also dubious ideas." Andrei Sakharov, born 21 May 1921.

"I think there is a need for something completely new. Something that is too different, too unexpected, to be accepted as yet." Anton Zeilinger, born 20 May 1945.

"...a number of current theoretical explorations will turn out to be passing fancies..." Abraham Pais, born 19 May 1918.

"The most essential characteristic of scientific technique is that it proceeds from experiment, not from tradition. The experimental habit of mind is a difficult one for most people to maintain ; indeed, the science of one generation has already become the tradition of the next..." Bertrand Russell, born 18 May 1872.

"I knew my purpose well and clear: to show how Nature behaves without cluttering its beauty with abtruse mathematics. Why cloud the charm of a Chladni plate with a Bessel function?" Julius Sumner Miller, born 17 May 1909.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (May 10 - May 16)

"A philosopher is a person who knows less and less about more and more, until he knows nothing about everything.
A scientist is a person who knows more and more about less and less, until he knows everything about nothing.
" John Ziman, born 16 May 1925.

"An ordinary mistake is one that leads to a dead end, while a profound mistake is one that leads to progress. Anyone can make an ordinary mistake, but it takes a genius to make a profound mistake." Frank Wilczek, born 15 May 1951.

"I think it is a sad reflection on our civilisation that while we can and do measure the temperature in the atmosphere of Venus, we do not know what goes on inside our souffles." Nicholas Kurti, born 14 May 1908.

"A theory can never be proven absolutely true, therefore there is no end to scientific endeavor." Kristine Larsen, born 13 May 1963.

"Would it not be better if one could really 'see' whether molecules...were just as experiments suggested?" Dorothy Hodgkin, born 12 May 1910.

"I never pay attention to anything by 'experts'." Richard Feynman, born 11 May 1918.

"Nature is not embarrassed by difficulties of analysis. She avoids complication only in means." Augustin Fresnel, born 10 May 1788.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (May 3 - May 9)

"Concepts like these can seem remote, until you explain with analogies taken from everyday life." Leonard Mandel, born 9 May 1927.

"...still many physicists are convinced to "see" the particle in a cloud chamber or on a scintillation screen, therefore accepting classical particle coordinates as pieces of reality. But what one concludes to see depends on the chosen model of reality..." Dieter Zeh, born 8 May 1932.

"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail." Edwin Land, born 7 May 1909.

"... an experimentalist should not be unduely inhibited by theoretical untidyness. If he insists in having every last theoretical T crossed before he starts his research the chances are that he will never do a significant experiment." Robert Dicke, born 6 May 1916.

"Anything worth doing is worth doing twice, the first time quick and dirty and the second time the best way you can." Arthur Schawlow, born 5 May 1921.

"... numbers, even whole numbers, are words, parts of speech, and [...] mathematics is their grammar." Carl Eckart, born 4 May 1902.

"The landscape is magic, the trip is far from being over." Carlo Rovelli, born 3 May 1956.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (April 26 - May 2)

"Research can be undertaken in any kind of environment, as long as you have the interest. I believe that true education means fostering the ability to be interested in something." Sumio Iijima, born 2 May 1939.

"It is so difficult to find something interesting and new, but instead of helping me to develop fledgling ideas in their infancy, you guys immediately look for a way to attack them." Gersh Budker, born 1 May 1918.

"You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length." Carl Friedrich Gauss, born 30 April 1777.

"Time and Space... It is not nature which imposes them upon us, it is we who impose them upon nature because we find them convenient." Henri Poincaré, born 29 April 1854.

"Oh, that's nothing - I could coach a coal scuttle to be Senior Wrangler." Peter Guthrie Tait, born 28 April 1831.

"Part of the strength of science is that it has tended to attract individuals who love knowledge and the creation of it. Just as important to the integrity of science have been the unwritten rules of the game. These provide recognition and approbation for work which is imaginative and accurate, and apathy or criticism for the trivial or inaccurate... Thus, it is the communication process which is at the core of the vitality and integrity of science..." Philip Abelson, born 27 April 1913.

"If you don't want to be replaced by a machine, don't try to act like one!" Arno Penzias, born 26 April 1933.