Saturday, November 14, 2009

Physics Quote of the Day (November 8 - November 14)

"You can forget facts but you cannot forget understanding !" Eric Mazur, born 14 November 1954.

"Facts are more mundane than fantasies, but a better basis for conclusions." Amory Lovins, born 13 November 1947.

"... a young author who believes himself capable of great things would usually do well to secure the favourable recognition of the scientific world by work whose scope is limited, and whose value is easily judged, before embarking upon higher flights." John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, born 12 November 1842.

"As an analogy one can imagine an intelligent amoeba with a good memory. As time progresses the amoeba is constantly splitting, each time the resulting amoebas having the same memories as the parent. Our amoeba hence does not have a life line, but a life tree." Hugh Everett, born 11 November 1930.

"It is a fantastic letter. Very understated. He calls it an optical maser, it’s as if a maser was made to run in the optical. No flamboyant phrase, just straightforward science." Peter Franken, born 10 November 1928.

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." Carl Sagan, born 9 November 1934.

"... electronics is a fascinating field that I continue to find fulfilling. The field is still growing rapidly, and the opportunities that are ahead are at least as great as they were when I graduated from college. My advice is to get involved and get started." Jack Kilby, born 8 November 1923.

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