We do not aim at « mathematical rigour » of exposition, which in theoretical physics often amounts to self-deception.
It is to be emphasized that no matter how many [amplitude] arrows we draw, add, or multiply, our objective is to calculate a single final arrow for the event . Mistakes are often made by Physics students at first because they do not keep this important point in mind. They work for so long analyzing events involving a single photon that they begin to think that the arrow is somehow associated with the photon [rather than with the event].richard feynman
Once we see, however, that the probability of life originating at random is so utterly miniscule as to make it absurd, it becomes sensible to think that the favorable properties of Physics on which life depends are in every respect deliberate ... . It is therefore almost inevitable that our own measure of intelligence must reflect ... higher intelligences ... even to the limit of God ... such a theory is so obvious that one wonders why it is not widely accepted as being self-evident. The reasons are psychological rather than scientific.fred hoyle
It’s amazing to me that not only can we put a probe around Saturn and get images of its moons, but our math and Physics are so freaking accurate we can say, "Hey, you know what? On this date at this time if we turn Cassini that way we’ll see a moon over 2 million kilometers away pass in front of another one nearly 3 million kilometers away."Every morning, I have a 50/50 chance of finding my keys. That kinda puts things in perspective.phil plait
On the contrary, it's because somebody knows something about it that we can't talk about Physics . It's the things that nobody knows anything about that we can discuss. We can talk about the weather; we can talk about social problems; we can talk about psychology; we can talk about international finance gold transfers we can't talk about, because those are understood so it's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!richard feynman
At present, when the prevailing forms of society have become hindrances to the free expression of human powers, it is precisely the abstract branches of science, mathematics and theoretical Physics, which ... offer a less distorted form of knowledge than other branches of science which are interwoven with the pattern of daily life, and the practicality of which seemingly testifies to their realistic character.max horkheimer
Pragmatism, in trying to turn experimental Physics into a prototype of all science and to model all spheres of intellectual life after the techniques of the laboratory, is the counterpart of modern industrialism, for which the factory is the prototype of human existence, and which models all branches of culture after production on the conveyor belt.max horkheimer
I think of Physics as the liberal arts of technology . You understand the fundamental aspects of Physics, and then you can learn the technology and understand how it relates to current world problems. I'm teaching the elementary Physics that is most useful for someone who is trying to live in a technological world, to contribute to that world, and to make correct decisions.Richard A. Muller as quoted by Devi Mathieu, in Physicist Richard Muller helps prepare tomorrow’s leaders for a technological world, The Berkeleyan, 26 February 2003.
Physics is to be regarded not so much as the study of something a priori given, but rather as the development of methods of ordering and surveying human experience. In this respect our task must be to account for such experience in a manner independent of individual subjective judgement and therefore objective in the sense that it can be unambiguously communicated in ordinary human language.niels bohr
After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.Werner Heisenberg, "Great Minds on India", Page No. 117.
On the side of Physics, there were a few key figures in Oxford who realized, in all probability unlike the majority of their colleagues in the Physics department, that Physics without interpretation is only part of the story, and that theories like quantum mechanics need careful foundational reflection.harvey brown
For although it is certainly true that quantitative measurements are of great importance, it is a grave error to suppose that the whole of experimental Physics can be brought under this heading. We can start measuring only when we know what to measure: qualitative observation has to precede quantitative measurement, and by making experimental arrangements for quantitative measurements we may even eliminate the possibility of new phenomena appearing.in his memoirs, as quoted by Jean Matricon, G. Waysand, Charles Glashausser (2003). The cold wars: a history of superconductivity. Rutgers University Press. p. 18. ISBN 0813532957.
Three principles — the conformability of nature to herself, the applicability of the criterion of simplicity, and the "unreasonable effectiveness" of certain parts of mathematics in describing physical reality — are thus consequences of the underlying law of the elementary particles and their interactions. Those three principles need not be assumed as separate metaphysical postulates. Instead, they are emergent properties of the fundamental laws of Physics.murray gell-mann
There is no concept in the whole field of Physics which is more difficult to understand than is the concept of entropy, nor is there one which is more fundamental.Francis Weston Sears (1950). Mechanics, heat and sound, Addison-Wesley principles of physics series Volume 1, 2nd Edition. Addison-Wesley Press. p. 447.
It had been different during his first year of graduate school, when he temporarily forsook Physics to explore instead the realm of the senses. Applying logic to the late-blooming quandries of maturity, he had parsed the:;elements of encounter, banter, negotiation, and consummation, separating and solving the variables one by one until the problem if not generally solved did appear to have tractable special solutions.david brin
Scientific education for the masses will do little good, and probably a lot of harm, if it simply boils down to more Physics, more chemistry, more biology, etc to the detriment of literature and history. Its probable effect on the average human being would be to narrow the range of his thoughts and make him more than ever contemptuous of such knowledge as he did not possess.george orwell
Let us keep the discoveries and indisputable measurements of Physics . But ... A more complete study of the movements of the world will oblige us, little by little, to turn it upside down; in other words, to discover that if things hold and hold together, it is only by reason of complexity, from above.Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, in The Phenomenon of Man, p.43
When I began my career as a cosmologist some twenty years ago, I was a convinced atheist. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that one day I would be writing a book purporting to show that the central claims of Judeo-Christian theology are in fact true, that these claims are straightforward deductions of the laws of Physics as we now understand them. I have been forced into these conclusions by the inexorable logic of my own special branch of Physics.Frank Tipler, "Preface", The Physics Of Immortality, New York, Doubleday, 1994.
Christians believed in a teleological cosmos, one created by an omniscient God, a Grand Designer, for a specific purpose. This comforting view was threatened by the new statistical methods in Physics, and also by Darwin's theory of evolution, which assumes that chance may intervene between generations to introduce new characteristics.Patricia Fara, Science A Four Thousand Year History (2009)
Biology is not Physics , because organisms are such complex physical objects, and sociology is not biology because human societies are made by self-conscious organisms. By pretending to a kind of knowledge that it cannot achieve, social science can only engender the scorn of natural scientists and the cynicism of the humanists.Richard Lewontin (1995) "Sex, Lies, and Social Science" in New York Review of Books (4/20/95)
If Physics is too difficult for the physicists, the nonphysicist may wonder whether he should try at all to grasp its complexities and ambiguities. It is undeniably an effort, but probably one worth making, for the basic questions are important and the new experimental results are often fascinating.Edward Condon, in Physics, in What is Science? : Twelve Eminent Scientists and Philosophers Explain Their Various Fields to the Layman (1955), by James Roy Newman, p. 102
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