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If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you,
by Niels Bohr

If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you,
you haven't understood it yet.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
- Niels Bohr

 

No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.
- Niels Bohr

Einstein, stop telling God what to do!
- Niels Bohr

A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself.
- Niels Bohr

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An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes,
which can be made, in a very narrow field.
- Niels Bohr

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing
facts as with creating images.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of a fact is falsehood,
but the opposite of one profound truth may very well
be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.
- Niels Bohr

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

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

Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution.
It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
- Niels Bohr

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy.
The question which divides us is whether it is crazy
enough to have a chance of being correct.
My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
- Niels Bohr

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
- Niels Bohr

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox.
Now we have some hope of making progress.
- Niels Bohr

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made,
in a narrow field.
- Niels Bohr

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
- Niels Bohr

There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
- Niels Bohr

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
- Niels Bohr

Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation,
but as a question.
- Niels Bohr

You are not thinking.
You are merely being logical.
- Niels Bohr

Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years
than in the previous two thousand.
The exponential increase in advancement will only continue.
Anthropological Commentary The opposite of a trivial truth is false;
the opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.
- Barbara Sher

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

In fact any experiment that measures a quantum effect
is one in which the quantum effect is aligned with
the behavior of some heavy,
macroscopic object; that's how we measure it.
- Murray Gell-Mann

I believe that the quantum of our knowledge will increase
considerably in the coming years and that scientists
will continue to be amongst the brave voices speaking out.
- Peter Garrett

In relativity, movement is continuous,
causally determinate and well defined,
while in quantum mechanics it is discontinuous,
not causally determinate and not well defined.
- David Bohm

When His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize,
there was a quantum leap.
He is not seen as solely a Tibetan anymore;
he belongs to the world.
- Richard Gere

I mean, we're really making a quantum change in our
relationship to the plant world with genetic modification.
- Michael Pollan

Now, what that means is that there is fundamental indeterminacy from quantum mechanics,
but besides that there are other sources of effective indeterminacy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

The problem is that replacement of Quantum Mechanics
by Quantum Field Theory is still very demanding.
- Martin Fleischmann

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

But I don't actually adopt the point of view that our
subjective impression of free will,
which is a kind of indeterminacy behavior,
comes from quantum mechanical indeterminacy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

There was a long history of speculation that in quantum gravity,
unlike Einstein's classical theory, it might be possible
for the topology of spacetime to change.
- Edward Witten

The chaos can act as a magnifier of quantum fluctuations
so that they can produce sizable effects in the world around us.
But we know that that can happen often.
- Murray Gell-Mann

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

It is difficult for me to believe that quantum mechanics,
working very well for currently practical set-ups,
will nevertheless fail badly with improvements in counter efficiency.
- John S. Bell

The field of quantum valence fluctuations was another
older interest which became much more active during this period,
partly as a consequence of my own efforts.
- Philip Warren Anderson

Similarly, another famous little quantum fluctuation
that programs you is the exact configuration of your DNA.
- Seth Lloyd

I wouldn't have thought that a wrong theory should
lead us to understand better the ordinary quantum field
theories or to have new insights about the quantum states of black holes.
- Edward Witten

Readers probably haven't heard much about it yet,
but they will.
Quantum technology turns ordinary reality upside down.
- Michael Crichton

Einstein was searching for String Theory.
It not only reconciles General Relativity to Quantum Mechanics,
but it reconciles Science and the Bible as well.
- Roy H. Williams

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

If you start any large theory, such as quantum mechanics,
plate tectonics, evolution, it takes about 40 years
for mainstream science to come around.
Gaia has been going for only 30 years or so.
- James Lovelock

Well, I've always thought that my career was in England,
really.
I used to do more in the theatre, and I felt that I should be there.
It's not far is it? It's amazing the way that special
FX have taken a quantum leap in what they're capable of doing.
- Albert Finney

The mathematical framework of quantum theory has passed
countless successful tests and is now universally accepted
as a consistent and accurate description of all atomic phenomena.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Because of recent improvements in the accuracy of theoretical
predictions based on large scale ab initio quantum mechanical calculations,
meaningful comparisons between theoretical and experimental
findings have become possible.
- Yuan T. Lee

If we look at the way the universe behaves,
quantum mechanics gives us fundamental,
unavoidable indeterminacy, so that alternative histories
of the universe can be assigned probability.
- Murray Gell-Mann

When I moved to Stanford I began to pursue the line
of research I have been following ever since,
namely trying to understand the larger implications
of fractional quantum hall discovery.
- Robert B. Laughlin

According to the standard model billions of years ago
some little quantum fluctuation,
perhaps a slightly lower density of matter,
maybe right where we're sitting right now,
caused our galaxy to start collapsing around here.
- Seth Lloyd

The verbal interpretation, on the other hand,
i.e.
the metaphysics of quantum physics, is on far less solid ground.
In fact, in more than forty years physicists have not
been able to provide a clear metaphysical model.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Quantum theory also tells us that the world is not simply objective;
somehow it's something more subtle than that.
In some sense it is veiled from us, but it has a structure that we can understand.
- John Polkinghorne

The scientists often have more unfettered imaginations
than current philosophers do.
Relativity theory came as a complete surprise to philosophers,
and so did quantum mechanics, and so did other things.
- Robert Nozick

But to do it professionally is a quantum leap difference
and my father had to be persuaded by these kind of
Ivy League professors that I should go to the Yale Drama School,
another one of the stories in there.
- Robert Klein

Quantum computation is...
a distinctively new way of harnessing nature...
It will be the first technology that allows useful
tasks to be performed in collaboration between parallel universes.
- David Deutsch

Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity are both accepted
as scientific fact even though they're mutually exclusive.
Albert Einstein spent the second half of his life searching
for a unifying truth that would reconcile the two.
- Roy H. Williams

After some minor pieces of theoretical study that I worked on,
a student in my statistical mechanics class brought
to my attention a problem in polyelectrolytes.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

I would do it today because the thing that appealed
to me was not necessarily the mechanics of the robot,
but it was his personality and how funny and charming he was.
- John Badham

We had an erector set, and I was an avid fan of Popular
Mechanics and Popular Science magazines.
- James Van Allen

It will be hard work.
It's always hard work, and hard work from everybody within the team -
technical director,
mechanics, drivers, engineers - everyone in the team.
- David Leslie

We daily witness the beneficial effect produced to
the community by the institution of premiums,
held out to encourage the inventions of ingenious mechanics.
- Joseph Lancaster

After you start learning all about the mechanics of piloting a riverboat,
you stop seeing all the pretty sunsets and you start
thinking about the weather.
- John Hartford

It wasn't about mechanics; it was about a feeling,
wanting to give someone something, which in turn was really gratifying.
That really resonated for me.
- Thomas Keller

On television, everyone talks and they don't care about the mechanics.
- Paul Winchell

The south produced statesmen and soldiers,
planters and doctors and lawyers and poets,
but certainly no engineers and mechanics.
Let Yankees adopt such low callings.
- Margaret Mitchell

I've refined my mechanics, refined my pitches.
I've gotten more confidence, and I've gotten more determination.
I've got a better idea what I'm doing out there.
- Randy Johnson

At a car dealership, the person who sells the car is the hero,
and also gets the commission.
But if the mechanics don't service that car well,
the customer won't return.
- Roger Staubach

My body is a vehicle for the mechanics of my sport.
- Gabrielle Reece

I overcame size with mechanics.
- Edwin Moses


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