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Physics Quotes and Sayings
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They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
- James Stockdale

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It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid
pregnancy by a resort to mathematics,
though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

Physics investigates the essential nature of the world,
and biology describes a local bump.
Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the
laws of the intelligible world;
the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the
laws of human intelligence.
- James Joseph Sylvester

 

No inanimate object is ever fully determined by the
laws of physics and chemistry.
- Michael Polanyi

I received my undergraduate degree in engineering in
1939 and a Master of Science degree in mathematical
physics in 1941 at Steven Institute of Technology.
- Frederick Reines

My intention was to enroll at McGill University but
an unexpected series of events led me to study physics
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Sidney Altman

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Brian and I were both science students.
You know science sort of math and physics side,
you know.
- John Deacon

In 1947 I defended my thesis on nuclear physics,
and in 1948 I was included in a group of research scientists
whose task was to develop nuclear weapons.
- Andrei Sakharov

I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of
physics and write poetry at the same time.
They are in opposition.
- Paul Dirac

In physics, to be in two places at the same time would be a miracle;
in politics it seems not merely normal,
but natural.
- Charles Edison

We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics
ruled by Frankenstein logic.
- David Russell

Relativity must replace absolutism in the realm of
morals as well as in the spheres of physics and biology.
- Thomas Cochrane

Think of color, pitch, loudness, heaviness,
and hotness.
Each is the topic of a branch of physics.
- Benoit Mandelbrot

It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is.
Physics concerns what we say about Nature.
- Niels Bohr

It's not magic!
It's physics.
The speed of the turn is what keeps you upright.
It's like a spinning top.
- Deborah Bull

It's always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring.
It's hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope.
- Tom Hanks

That attitude does not exist so much today,
but in those days there was a very sharp distinction
between basic physics and applied physics.
Columbia did not deal with applied physics.
- Gordon Gould

The development of physics, like the development of any science,
is a continuous one.
- Owen Chamberlain

But even physics cannot be defined from an atomic topography.
- Michael Polanyi

I was so pleased to be at university to do physics and mathematics.
- John Henry Carver

Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Understanding how DNA transmits all it knows about cancer,
physics, dreaming and love will keep man searching for some time.
- David R. Brower

The methods of theoretical physics should be applicable
to all those branches of thought in which the essential
features are expressible with numbers.
- Paul Dirac

An hour or two spent in writing from dictation,
another hour or two in reading aloud,
a little geography and a little history and a little
physics made the day pass busily.
- Hudson Stuck

In 1948 I was appointed to a Lectureship in Physics
and in 1949 elected to a Fellowship at Trinity College.
- Martin Ryle

I like physics.
I think it is the best science out of all three of them,
because generally it's more useful.
You learn about speed and velocity and time,
and that's all clever stuff.
- Tom Felton

Nothing is accidental in the universe -
this is one of my Laws of Physics -
except the entire universe itself,
which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.
- Joyce Carol Oates

We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics,
and into the age of biology.
- Jeremy Rifkin

In 1971 I returned to the University of Chicago as Professor of Physics.
- James Cronin

Well, I'm leaning probably toward the sciences like physics.
- Amy Carter

Cambridge was the place for someone from the Colonies
or the Dominions to go on to,
and it was to the Cavendish Laboratory that one went to do physics.
- Aaron Klug

Quantum mechanics brought an unexpected fuzziness into
physics because of quantum uncertainty,
the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
- Edward Witten

There are children playing in the streets who could
solve some of my top problems in physics,
because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and
physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
- James J. Gibson

Physics is, hopefully, simple.
Physicists are not.
- Edward Teller

If someone is interested in medicine and also in physics
and they like working with people and communicate well with others,
I would strongly encourage them.
- John Cameron

Nevertheless, all of us who work in quantum physics
believe in the reality of a quantum world,
and the reality of quantum entities like protons and electrons.
- John Polkinghorne

It would be better for the true physics if there were
no mathematicians on earth.
- Daniel Bernoulli

There are relatively few experiments in atomic physics
these days that don't involve the use of a laser.
- Eric Allin Cornell

I was always very strong in math, physics and calculus.
- Debi Thomas

I do not keep up with the details of particle physics.
- Murray Gell-Mann

Magnetism, as you recall from physics class,
is a powerful force that causes certain items to be
attracted to refrigerators.
- Dave Barry

I continued to study Math and Physics on my own,
but one and a half years later I realized that I did want to be a composer,
and after that I never changed my mind.
- Gyorgy Legeti

Acceleration is finite, I think according to some laws of physics.
- Terry Riley

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting
anything with perfect determinism because it deals
with probabilities from the outset.
- Arthur Eddington

Teaching physics at the University, and more general
lecturing to wider audiences has been a major concern.
- Antony Hewish

So Whitehead's metaphysics doesn't fit very well on
to physics as we understand the process of the world.
- John Polkinghorne

If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy,
that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
- Niels Bohr

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with,
that physics has one method, chemistry another,
and biology a third.
- Thomas Huxley

I had no new ideas on the physics we might learn,
and I could not compete with the younger generation.
- Jack Steinberger

I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the
Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working
proposition as any one of the axioms of physics.
- Henry Brooks Adams

Medical physics is an applied area of physics.
- John Cameron

My background is in physics, so I was the mission specialist,
who is sort of like the flight engineer on an airplane.
- Sally Ride

I grew up wanting to be a musician, but my parents
were sure I would starve to death.
So, they put me in physics and chemistry.
That eventually blew up, and I got into radio.
- John Tesh

The Web is now philosophical engineering.
Physics and the Web are both about the relationship
between the small and the large.
- Tim Berners-Lee

Nuclear physics is interesting but it is unlikely to help society.
- John Cameron

Originally I had planned to revert to nuclear physics there,
in particular the structure of the deuteron.
- Walter Kohn

It was at this moment that I wrote my first important
paper in theoretical physics.
I was 32 years old, 5 years beyond the alleged age
of senility for theorists.
- Robert B. Laughlin

Most medical physicists work in the physics of radiation
oncology making sure that the desired dose is given
to the cancer and the dose to normal tissues are minimized.
- John Cameron

The fundamental laws of physics do not describe true facts about reality.
Rendered as descriptions of facts, they are false;
amended to be true,
they lose their explanatory force.
- Nancy Cartwright

I was the Chair of the first department of medical
physics in a medical school in the U.S.
- John Cameron

Physics has the cutest words.
- Sherry Stringfield

I was always good at math and science and physics.
- Daniel J. Evans

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
- Ernest Rutherford

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such
a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent."
I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow,
but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The fundamental concept in social science is Power,
in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
- Bertrand Russell

The creation of Physics is the shared heritage of all mankind.
East and West, North and South have equally participated in it.
- Abdus Salam

I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy.
- Max Born

In my schooling through high school,
I excelled mainly in chemistry,
physics and mathematics.
- James Rainwater

Physics is nothing but the ABC's.
Nature is an equation with an unknown,
a Hebrew word which is written only with consonants
to which reason has to add the dots.
- Johann G. Hamann


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