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.
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.h. l. mencken
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
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
The New Age movement includes elements of older spiritual and religious traditions ranging from atheism and monotheism through classical pantheism, naturalistic pantheism, pandeism and panentheism to polytheism combined with science and Gaia philosophy; particularly archaeoastronomy, astronomy, ecology, environmentalism, the Gaia hypothesis, psychology, and Physics.
The Physics of motion provides one of the clearest examples of the counter-intuitive and unexpected nature of science.Lewis Wolpert
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.
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
Chemistry has been termed by the physicist as the messy part of Physics, but that is no reason why the physicists should be permitted to make a mess of chemistry when they invade it.frederick soddy
That is simple my friend: because politics is more difficult than Physics.Albert Einstein
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.
After Montesquieu, the next great addition to Sociology (which is the term I may be allowed to invent to designate Social Physics) was made by Condorcet, proceeding on the views suggested by his illustrious friend Turgot.auguste comte
Physics is too difficult for physicists!david hilbert
Modern Physics often advances only by sacrificing some of our traditional philosophical convictions.
... conferences with open attendance are very important for the stimulation of young people or other people who are new in the field. ... The field of high-energy Physics is, as you know, very strongly in the hands of a clique and it is hard for an outsider to enter.victor frederick weisskopf
He knew less about women than he knew about the Physics of hyperspace .john buchan
As we look out into the Universe and identify the many accidents of Physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the Universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.freeman dyson
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.
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.
However the development proceeds in detail, the path so far traced by the quantum theory indicates that an understanding of those still unclarified features of atomic Physics can only be acquired by foregoing visualization and objectification to an extent greater than that customary hitherto...
The general notions about human understanding… which are illustrated by discoveries in atomic Physics are not in the nature of things wholly unfamiliar, wholly unheard of or new. Even in our own culture they have a history, and in Buddhist and Hindu thought a more considerable and central place. What we shall find [in modern Physics] is an exemplification, an encouragement, and a refinement of old wisdom.