Deliberately or not, every author is of course present in every book he or she writes — even in a scientific text.
Prologue, p. xv
Of course, relative citation frequencies are no measure of relative importance. Who has not aspired to write a paper so fundamental that very soon it is known to everyone and cited by no one?Abraham Pais
A number of current theoretical explorations will turn out to be passing fancies...Abraham Pais
To make a discovery is not necessarily the same as to understand a discovery. Not only Planck but also other physicists were intially at a loss as to what the proper context of the new postulate really was.Abraham Pais
One of the absolute rules I learned in the war was, don't know anything you don't need to know, because if you ever get caught they will get it out of you.Abraham Pais
I knew all the time I was going to get through the war. It was completely irrational, a silly idea, but I was not going to lie down and get myself killed. I was going to get out of it.Abraham Pais