Saturday, August 8, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (August 2 - August 8)

"It seems clear that the present quantum mechanics is not in its final form." Paul Dirac, born 8 August 1902.

"The laws of classical mechanics represent a mathematical idealization and should not be assumed to correspond to the real laws of nature." Léon Brillouin, born 7 August 1889.

"You must develop one all-important ability—being able to enlist the help of other people. You have to reach a state where others want to help you. This includes giving credit...which will come back to you a hundredfold. Your reputation stems from what people say when you’re not present." Cecil H. Green, born 6 August 1900.

"We need to go back to the discovery, to posing a question, to having a hypothesis and having kids know that they can discover the answers and can peal away a layer." Shirley Jackson, born 5 August 1946.

"... an undercurrent of thought was going on in my mind which gave at last a result, whereof it is not too much to say that I felt at once the importance. An electric circuit seemed to close; and a spark flashed forth the herald (as I foresaw immediately) of many long years to come of definitely directed thought and work by myself, if spared, and, at all events, on the part of others if I should even be allowed to live long enough distinctly to communicate the discovery." William Rowan Hamilton, born 4 August 1805.

"Getting up any cliff is like a physics problem -- you just got to hold on, try everything, and stick with it." Marlan Scully, born 3 August 1939.

"Knowledge once gained casts a light beyond its own immediate boundaries." John Tyndall, born 2 August 1820.

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