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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

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

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

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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

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

If you miss one day in physics, that's it.
- Robert Iler


 

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

No inanimate object is ever fully determined by the
laws of physics and chemistry.
- Michael Polanyi

I do not keep up with the details of particle physics.
- Murray Gell-Mann

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

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

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

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

If someone says that he can think or talk about quantum
physics without becoming dizzy,
that shows only that he has not understood anything whatever about it.
- Murray Gell-Mann

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

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

It's always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring.
It's hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope.
- Tom Hanks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Originally I had planned to revert to nuclear physics there,
in particular the structure of the deuteron.
- Walter Kohn

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

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

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

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

Yes, I was really good in physics and in math.
- Eva Herzigova

When I entered medical physics in 1958 there were fewer than 100 in the U.S.
and I could see many opportunities to apply my knowledge of nuclear physics.
- John Cameron

I was the Chair of the first department of medical
physics in a medical school in the U.S.
- John Cameron

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

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

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

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

Physics is, hopefully, simple.
Physicists are not.
- Edward Teller

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

Magnetism, as you recall from physics class,
is a powerful force that causes certain items to be
attracted to refrigerators.
- Dave Barry

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 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 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

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

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

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

I was always very strong in math, physics and calculus.
- Debi Thomas

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

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

There are relatively few experiments in atomic physics
these days that don't involve the use of a laser.
- Eric Allin Cornell

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

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

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

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

But even physics cannot be defined from an atomic topography.
- Michael Polanyi

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

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

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

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

I received my undergraduate degree in engineering in
1939 and a Master of Science degree in mathematical
physics in 1941 at Steven Institute of Technology.
- Frederick Reines

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

I was so pleased to be at university to do physics and mathematics.
- John Henry Carver

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

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

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

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

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


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