Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen, daß ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären, sondern vielmehr dadurch, daß ihre Gegner allmählich aussterben und daß die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein mit der Wahrheit vertraut gemacht ist.
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.Wissenschaftliche Selbstbiographie. Mit einem Bildnis und der von Max von Laue gehaltenen Traueransprache. Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag (Leipzig 1948), p. 22, as translated in Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, trans. F. Gaynor (New York, 1949), pp. 33–34 (as cited in T. S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions).
Farsighted theologians are now working to mine the eternal metal from the teachings of Jesus and to forge it for all time .Max Planck
We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future .Max Planck
Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature . And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.Max Planck
New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.Max Planck
Paraphrased variants: Die Wahrheit triumphiert nie, ihre Gegner sterben nur aus.Max Planck
Both religion and science require a belief in God . For believers, God is in the beginning , and for physicists He is at the end of all considerations… To the former He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view.Max Planck
We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up until now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.Max Planck
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