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
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
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.
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 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.
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
Getting up any cliff is like a Physics problem -- you just got to hold on, try everything, and stick with it.as quoted by Robin Beaver in Making 'one great discovery after another' - Marlan Scully embraced science as fervently as his love for the state, Made in Wyoming (2006)
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
The discovery of radioactivity created a momentary chaos in chemistry and Physics; but it soon led to a fuller interpretation of the old ideas. It dispersed many difficulties, harmonized many discords, and yea, more! It shewed the substance of Universe as a simplicity of Light and Life, manners to compose atoms, themselves capable of deeper self-realization through fresh complexities and organizations, each with its own peculiar powers and pleasures, each pursuing its path through the world where all things are possible.aleister crowley
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
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, in Les Prix Nobel, Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1982, p.90
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
Geography is just Physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.Terry Pratchett in The Last Continent
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