It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.
Our understanding of the four basic concepts of Physics -- space, time, matter and force -- has undergone radical change in the course of work on unification, starting with Maxwell's unification of electricity with magnetism, all the way to present day string theory. What started as four independent concepts, with space and time postulated and the possible forms of matter and force arbitrarily chosen, now appear as different aspects of a rich and novel dynamically determined structure.peter freund
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 and chemistry.'Minority Report'. Collected in Notebooks (1956).
The formation in geological time of the human body by the laws of Physics (or any other laws of similar nature), starting from a random distribution of elementary particles and the field is as unlikely as the separation of the atmosphere into its components. The complexity of the living things has to be present within the material [from which they are derived] or in the laws [governing their formation].kurt gödel
Modern Physics often advances only by sacrificing some of our traditional philosophical convictions.Fritz London, Edmond Bauer (1939). La théorie de l'observation en mécanique quantique. Hermann, Paris.
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.as quoted by Devi Mathieu, in Physicist Richard Muller helps prepare tomorrow’s leaders for a technological world, The Berkeleyan, 26 February 2003.
This fact, that all charges are integral multiples of a fundamental unit, is still one of the unexplained puzzles of fundamental Physics. It does not in any way contradict electromagnetic theory, but it is not predicted by it, and until we have a more fundamental theory that explains it, we shall not feel that we really understand electromagnetic phenomena thoroughly. Presumably its explanation will not come until we understand quantum theory more thoroughly than we do at present.John Clarke Slater, Nathaniel Herman Frank (1969). Electromagnetism. Courier Dover Publications. p. 11. ISBN 0486622630.
I quite like the transitions of being an actor, because you get to explore these little pockets of life. So if you’re playing a builder you get to know about building, if you’re playing a scientist or a physician or something you get to know about Physics. And similarly with this world I like exploring their culture, that very sort of upper middle class, addictive… that’s part of the reason I love it.matt smith
Even before string theory, especially as Physics developed in the 20th century, it turned out that the equations that really work in describing nature with the most generality and the greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle.in a NOVA interview Viewpoints on String Theory, Edward Witten, July 2003.
So far Unitarian realism claiming to possess positive knowledge about Ultimate Reality has succeeded only by excluding large areas of phenomena or by declaring, without proof, that they could be reduced to basic theory, which, in this connection, means elementary particle Physics.paul karl feyerabend
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
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
When that amusing "Pauli effect" of the overturned vase occurred, on the occasion of the founding of the Jung Institute, I had the immediate and vivid impression that I should " pour out water inside " ( to use the symbolic language that I have acquired from you). Then when the connection between psychology and Physics took up a relatively large part of your talk, it became even more clear to me what I was to do. The outcome of all this is the enclosed essay.wolfgang pauli
There is nothing new to be discovered in Physics now; All that remains is more and more precise measurement.Lord Kelvin, allegedly speaking to the w:British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1900. The veracity of this attribution is disputed, and no contemporaneous documentation of the statement is known.
Pure mathematics , being mere tautology, and pure Physics , being mere fact, could not have engendered them; for creatures to live, must sense the useful and the good; and engines to run must have energy available as work:;: and both, to endure, must regulate themselves. So it is to Thermodynamics and to its brother ?p log p , called Information theory, that we look for the distinctions between work and energy and between signal and noise.Warren S. McCulloch (1961) in: Pask An approach to Cybernetics. Preface. p.7
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)
In the the past thirty years, what is now known as the science of industrial management has grown from a scattered, almost formless beginning into a well-defined, rapidly developing structure. Today this science bids fair to outstrip in public importance and economic usefulness any one of the great sciences that have been applied to serve mankind. For the science of industrial management is the great super-science that takes mechanics, chemistry, Physics, electricity, psychology; and Burbank-like, grafts them all into one great, productive, ever-bearing plant.John Robertson Dunlap ed. (eds.) Factory and Industrial Management, Vol. 61 (7), 1921, p. 218. Chapter entitled "A Milestone in Management Science."
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)
Geography is just Physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it.Terry Pratchett in The Last Continent
In physical terms, Yagna is a process aimed at refinement of the subtle energy existing in matter with the help of thermal energyof the Mantras. The knowledge of philosophy and science of Yagna as essential for understanding and experimenting the science of spirituality as the knowledge of elementary Physics is for material based sciences. The experiments of Yagna, when performed at a small scale in a day to day life are called – Havan or Agnihotra .In p.5 (The Integrated Science of Yagna)