We do not aim at « mathematical rigour » of exposition, which in theoretical physics often amounts to self-deception.
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
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
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 therefor objective in the sense that it can be unambiguously communicated in ordinary human language.Niels Bohr, "The Unity of Human Knowledge" (October 1960)
Physics and philosophy are at most a few thousand years old, but probably have lives of thousands of millions of years stretching away in front of them. They are only just beginning to get under way.James Jeans (1942) Physics and Philosophy, p. 217.
Doing Physics is much more enjoyable than just learning it. Maybe 'doing it' is the right way of learning, at least as far as I am concerned.in his Nobel biography, edited by Tore Frängsmyr, Gösta Ekspong, Nobelstiftelsen (1993). Physics 1981-1990. World Scientific. p. 383. ISBN 9810207298.
Mathematical Physics represents the purest image that the view of nature may generate in the human mind; this image presents all the character of the product of art; it begets some unity, it is true and has the quality of sublimity; this image is to physical nature what music is to the thousand noises of which the air is full...as quoted by Ilya Prigogine in his Autobiography given at the occasion of Prigogine's 1977 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
This elegant generalization is mathematically very appealing; but Physics means facing facts. You should take up case by case.One should not value elegant math above physical facts. As quoted by Sundaram, R. (December 10 1998). "K. S. Krishnan—the complete physicist". Current Science 75 (11): 1263-1265.
Is the purpose of theoretical Physics to be no more than a cataloging of all the things that can happen when particles interact with each other and seperate? Or is it to be an understanding at a deeper level in which there are things that are not directly observable (as the underlying quantized fields are) but in terms of which we shall have a more fundamental understanding?julian schwinger
I am now convinced that theoretical Physics is actually philosophy . It has revolutionized fundamental concepts, e.g., abut space and time (relativity), about causality (quantum theory), and about substance and matter (atomistics). It has taught us new methods of thinking (complimentarity), which are applicable far beyond Physics.Max Born
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
There is a connected set of events (light-waves) travelling outward from a centre... there are some respects in which all events are alike, and others in which they differ... We must not think of a light-wave as a 'thing', but as a connected group of rhythmical events. The mathematical characteristics of such a group can be inferred by Physics, but the intrinsic character of the component events cannot be inferred.bertrand russell
Following Korzybski , I put things in probabilities, not absolutes ... My only originality lies in applying this zetetic attitude outside the hardest of the hard sciences, Physics , to softer sciences and then to non-sciences like politics , ideology , jury verdicts and, of course, conspiracy theory .robert anton wilson
Grosseteste was deeply concerned with the detailed investigation of natural phenomena. It was the inspiration of this attitude of mind, together with Grosseteste's emphasis on the importance of mathematics, that was perhaps his chief legacy to thinkers in fourteenth-century Oxford who were developing the beginnings of a mathematical Physics.Neil Lewis, "Robert Grosseteste" Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2007, 2013)
The course of study includes the teaching of English, mathematics, mechanics, chemistry, Physics, and drawing:;; designing, weaving, and manufacturing:;; dyeing, mechanical engineering; and metal working:;; building construction and wood.William Cudworth (1800) Condition of the Industrial Classes of Bradford and District. p. 24
In 1925, the world view of Physics was a model of a great machine composed of separable interacting material particles. During the next few years, Schrodinger and Heisenberg and their followers created a universe based on super imposed inseparable waves of probability amplitudes. This new view would be entirely consistent with the Vedantic concept of All in One.Erwin Schrödinger in Schrödinger: Life and Thought (1989) Walter J. Moore eds.
All science is either Physics or stamp collecting.As quoted in Rutherford at Manchester (1962) by J. B. Birks
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