Friday, June 5, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (May 31 - June 6)

"We live of novelty in science. So when you do something new, you have to overcome certain beliefs that it cannot be done, that it's not interesting and so on." Heinrich Rohrer, born 6 June 1933.

"The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented. It was man's ability to invent which has made human society what it is." Dennis Gabor, born 5 June 1900.

"The national research effort, upon which so much depends, will remain healthy only so long as there is sound core of disinterested search for new knowledge..." Alan Waterman, born 4 June 1892.

"Too much equipment can be, however, something that hampers scientific development." Georg von Békésy, born 3 June 1899.

""Have we discovered our Galaxy yet?" And I think the answer to this question is "No, not quite". There is plenty of work ahead for the next generation of astronomers." Heather Couper, born 2 June 1949.

"Simplicity is the touchstone in finding new physical laws." Kip Thorne, born 1 June 1940.

"A theory is only as good as its assumptions. If the premises are false, the theory has no real scientific value. The only scientific criterion for judging the validity of a scientific theory is a confrontation with the data of experience." Maurice Allais, born 31 May 1911.

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