Saturday, January 30, 2010

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

"Quantum phenomena do not occur in a Hilbert space. They occur in a laboratory." Asher Peres, born 30 January 1934.

"Scientific thought is the common heritage of mankind." Abdus Salam, born 29 January 1926.

"Everything with a quantum in it, with 'h' in it, was exciting." Edwin C. Kemble, born 28 January 1889.

"In reality, a theory in natural science cannot be without experimental foundations; physics, in particular, comes from experimental work." Samuel C. C. Ting, born 27 January 1936.

"We do not know the truth. But sometimes we get a glimpse of the shadow of the truth. And where there is a shadow, somewhere there must be light." Eric Mervyn Lindsay, born 26 January 1907.

"How scientists go about their job: and it's a process, it's a question of asking questions, respecting observation, respecting experiment, having tentative explanations and then testing them.... There is a problem sometimes with how we teach science at schools. Because we sometimes teach it as if it has been chiseled in stone." Paul Nurse, born 25 January 1949.

"There are many examples of old, incorrect theories that stubbornly persisted, sustained only by the prestige of foolish but well-connected scientists. ... Many of these theories have been killed off only when some decisive experiment exposed their incorrectness. .. Thus the yeoman work in any science, and especially physics, is done by the experimentalist, who must keep the theoreticians honest." Michio Kaku, born 24 January 1947.

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