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Physics Quotes

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They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
- James Stockdale

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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 or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

Teaching physics at the University, and more general
lecturing to wider audiences has been a major concern.
- Antony Hewish

We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics,
and into the age of biology.
- Jeremy Rifkin

 

Brian and I were both science students.
You know science sort of math and physics side,
you know.
- John Deacon

I grew up wanting to be a musician, but my parents
were sure I would starve to death.
So, they put me in physics and chemistry.
That eventually blew up, and I got into radio.
- John Tesh

I had no new ideas on the physics we might learn,
and I could not compete with the younger generation.
- Jack Steinberger

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All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
- Ernest Rutherford

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and
physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
- James J. Gibson

Quantum mechanics brought an unexpected fuzziness into
physics because of quantum uncertainty,
the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
- Edward Witten

I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the
Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working
proposition as any one of the axioms of physics.
- Henry Brooks Adams

I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of
physics and write poetry at the same time.
They are in opposition.
- Paul Dirac

If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy,
that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
- Niels Bohr

Physics is becoming too difficult for the physicists.
- David Hilbert

The NFL today has bigger, stronger, bodies than ever,
moving faster than ever, hitting a stationary object
harder than ever before -
so the physics of the hit have changed.
- Leigh Steinberg

Understanding how DNA transmits all it knows about cancer,
physics, dreaming and love will keep man searching for some time.
- David R. Brower

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone,
is really, if physics is to be believed,
observing the effects of the stone upon himself.
- Bertrand Russell

Physics investigates the essential nature of the world,
and biology describes a local bump.
Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

I was always good at math and science and physics.
- Daniel J. Evans

Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.
- Erwin Schrodinger

It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is.
Physics concerns what we say about Nature.
- Niels Bohr

Medical physics is an applied area of physics.
- John Cameron

It's not magic!
It's physics.
The speed of the turn is what keeps you upright.
It's like a spinning top.
- Deborah Bull

Well, I'm leaning probably toward the sciences like physics.
- Amy Carter

I think the writing of literature should give pleasure.
What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics.
It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I like physics.
I think it is the best science out of all three of them,
because generally it's more useful.
You learn about speed and velocity and time,
and that's all clever stuff.
- Tom Felton

Dark energy is perhaps the biggest mystery in physics.
- Steve Allen

My father was on the faculty in the Chemistry Department of Harvard University;
my mother had one year of graduate work in physics before her marriage.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

In 1948 I was appointed to a Lectureship in Physics
and in 1949 elected to a Fellowship at Trinity College.
- Martin Ryle

Eight months later, having left Columbia,
I was studying physics in a summer program and working
in Colorado when I decided to enroll as a graduate student in biophysics.
- Sidney Altman

If someone is interested in medicine and also in physics
and they like working with people and communicate well with others,
I would strongly encourage them.
- John Cameron

The Web is now philosophical engineering.
Physics and the Web are both about the relationship
between the small and the large.
- Tim Berners-Lee

The fundamental laws of physics do not describe true facts about reality.
Rendered as descriptions of facts, they are false;
amended to be true,
they lose their explanatory force.
- Nancy Cartwright

Most medical physicists work in the physics of radiation
oncology making sure that the desired dose is given
to the cancer and the dose to normal tissues are minimized.
- John Cameron

The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the
laws of the intelligible world;
the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the
laws of human intelligence.
- James Joseph Sylvester

Nuclear physics is interesting but it is unlikely to help society.
- John Cameron

Think of color, pitch, loudness, heaviness,
and hotness.
Each is the topic of a branch of physics.
- Benoit Mandelbrot

It was at this moment that I wrote my first important
paper in theoretical physics.
I was 32 years old, 5 years beyond the alleged age
of senility for theorists.
- Robert B. Laughlin

It would be better for the true physics if there were
no mathematicians on earth.
- Daniel Bernoulli

There are children playing in the streets who could
solve some of my top problems in physics,
because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

My background is in physics, so I was the mission specialist,
who is sort of like the flight engineer on an airplane.
- Sally Ride

In my schooling through high school,
I excelled mainly in chemistry,
physics and mathematics.
- James Rainwater

We live, I think, in the century of science and,
perhaps, even in the century of physics.
- Polykarp Kusch

That attitude does not exist so much today,
but in those days there was a very sharp distinction
between basic physics and applied physics.
Columbia did not deal with applied physics.
- Gordon Gould

In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting.
- Lord Kelvin

While at Chicago my interest in the new field of particle
physics was stimulated by a course given by Gell-
Mann,
who was developing his ideas about Strangeness at the time.
- James Cronin

I have devoted much time and energy to helping medical
physics in developing countries.
- John Cameron

My intention was to enroll at McGill University but
an unexpected series of events led me to study physics
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Sidney Altman

Physics is nothing but the ABC's.
Nature is an equation with an unknown,
a Hebrew word which is written only with consonants
to which reason has to add the dots.
- Johann G. Hamann

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting
anything with perfect determinism because it deals
with probabilities from the outset.
- Arthur Eddington

I did a thesis in experimental nuclear physics under
the direction of Samuel K. Allison.
- James Cronin

So Whitehead's metaphysics doesn't fit very well on
to physics as we understand the process of the world.
- John Polkinghorne

Nothing is accidental in the universe -
this is one of my Laws of Physics -
except the entire universe itself,
which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.
- Joyce Carol Oates

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such
a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent."
I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow,
but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with,
that physics has one method, chemistry another,
and biology a third.
- Thomas Huxley

Hard to be a physics major at Rice University if you have flunked calculus.
- Elizabeth Moon

In 1947 I defended my thesis on nuclear physics,
and in 1948 I was included in a group of research scientists
whose task was to develop nuclear weapons.
- Andrei Sakharov

I continued to study Math and Physics on my own,
but one and a half years later I realized that I did want to be a composer,
and after that I never changed my mind.
- Gyorgy Legeti

An hour or two spent in writing from dictation,
another hour or two in reading aloud,
a little geography and a little history and a little
physics made the day pass busily.
- Hudson Stuck

Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important
person in American music.
He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics.
- Ken Burns

Nevertheless, all of us who work in quantum physics
believe in the reality of a quantum world,
and the reality of quantum entities like protons and electrons.
- John Polkinghorne

I'm the son of an everyman.
My father is a teacher.
He teaches physics at a boys' school in Sydney.
- Alex O'Loughlin

The methods of theoretical physics should be applicable
to all those branches of thought in which the essential
features are expressible with numbers.
- Paul Dirac

Acceleration is finite, I think according to some laws of physics.
- Terry Riley

Physics is experience, arranged in economical order.
- Ernst Mach

The fundamental concept in social science is Power,
in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
- Bertrand Russell

The development of physics, like the development of any science,
is a continuous one.
- Owen Chamberlain

In 1971 I returned to the University of Chicago as Professor of Physics.
- James Cronin

The point here is that physics followed the data where it seemed to lead,
even though some thought the model gave aid and comfort to religion.
- Michael Behe

The creation of Physics is the shared heritage of all mankind.
East and West, North and South have equally participated in it.
- Abdus Salam

In physics, to be in two places at the same time would be a miracle;
in politics it seems not merely normal,
but natural.
- Charles Edison


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