Paul A.M. Dirac

1902 - 1984

A Quote by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac

"I cannot understand why we idle discussing religion. If we are honest - and as scientists honesty is our precise duty - we cannot help but admit that any religion is a pack of false statements, deprived of any real foundation. The very idea of God is a product of human imagination. ... I do not recognize any religious myth, at least because they contradict one another. ..."Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac,

Paul A.M. Dirac (1902 - 1984)

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A Quote by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac on opposites, people, poetry, science, and understanding

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

Paul A.M. Dirac (1902 - 1984)

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1977.

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A Quote by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac on kindness, mathematics, and power

Mathematics is the tool specially suited for dealing with abstract concepts of any kind and there is no limit to its power in this field.

Paul A.M. Dirac (1902 - 1984)

Source: P. J. Davis and R. Hersh The Mathematical Experience, Boston: Birkhäuser, 1981.

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A Quote by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac on accuracy, agreement, beauty, confidence, progress, theory, and work

I think that there is a moral to this story, namely that it is more important to have beauty in one's equations that to have them fit experiments. If Schroedinger had been more confident of his work, he could have published it some months earlier, and he could have published a more accurate equation. It seems that if one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress. If there is not complete agreement between the results of one's work and experiment, one should not allow oneself to be too discouraged, because the discrepancy may well be due to minor features that are not properly taken into account and that will get cleared up with further development of the theory.

Paul A.M. Dirac (1902 - 1984)

Source: Scientific American, May 1963.

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