physics

A Quote by Bertrand Russel on physics, mathematics, physical world, properties, and discover

Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little: it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover

Bertrand Russel

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A Quote by Grace on ambition, physics, and energy

Ambition is like a vector; it needs magnitude and direction. Otherwise, it's just energy.

Grace Lindsay

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A Quote by John A. Wheeler on context, perspective, and physics

There is no out there out there.

John Wheeler

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on mysticism, physics, physicists, and mystics

Notice [in Quantum Questions] I was not saying that modern physics itself supports or proves a mystical worldview.  I was saying the physicists themselves were mystics, and not that their discipline was a mystical or somehow spiritual endeavor resulting in a religious worldview.  In other words, I disagreed entirely with books such as The Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters, which claimed that modern physics supported or even proved Eastern mysticism.  This is a colossal error.  Physics is a limited, finite, relative, and partial endeavor, dealing with a very limited aspect of reality.  It does not, for example, deal with biological, psychological, economic, literary, or historical truths; whereas mysticism deals with all of that, which the Whole.  To say physics proves mysticism is like saying the tale proves the dog.

Ken Wilber

Source: Grace and Grit : Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on theory of everything, t o e, and physics

What would it mean if there were a theory of that explained everything? And just what does "everything" actually mean, anyway? Would this new theory in physics explain, say the meaning of human poetry? Or how economics work? Or the stages of psychosexual development? Can this new physics explain the currents of ecosystems, or the dynamics of history, or why human wars are so terribly common?

Ken Wilber

Source: A Theory of Everything : An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality, Pages: Note to the Reader

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington on cats, concern, physics, and purity

To the pure geometer the radius of curvature is an incidental characteristic - like the grin of the Cheshire cat. To the physicist it is an indispensable characteristic. It would be going too far to say that to the physicist the cat is merely incidental to the grin. Physics is concerned with interrelatedness such as the interrelatedness of cats and grins. In this case the "cat without a grin" and the "grin without a cat" are equally set aside as purely mathematical phantasies.

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882 - 1944)

Source: The Expanding Universe

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington on deals, impossibility, and physics

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

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882 - 1944)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by S. Weinberg on beauty, curiosity, facts, guidance, ideas, judgment, physics, simplicity, theory, and time

I now want to tell three stories about advances in twentieth-century physics. A curious fact emerges in these tales: time and again physicists have been guided by their sense of beauty not only in developing new theories but even in judging the validity of physical theories once they are developed. . .. . . . . . Simplicity is part of what I mean by beauty, but it is a simplicity of ideas, not simplicity of a mechanical sort that can be measured by counting equations or symbols.

S. Weinberg

Source: Dreams of a final theory (1992

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A Quote by Rudolph Carnap on certainty, change, conflict, experience, kindness, language, logic, mathematics, physics, radicals, revolution, rules, science, truth, and value

I should make a distinction between two kinds of readjustment in the case of a conflict with experience, namely, between a change in the language, and a mere change in or addition of, a truth-value ascribed to an indeterminate statement (i.e. a statement whose truth value is not fixed by the rules of language, say by the postulates of logic, mathematics and physics). A change of the first kind constitutes a radical alteration, sometimes a revolution, and it occurs only at certain historically decisive points in the development of science. On the other hand, changes of the second kind occur every minute. A change of the first kind constitutes, strictly speaking, a transition from a language Ln into a new language Ln+1.

Rudolph Carnap

Source: "Replies and Systematic Expositions," Schlipp, The Philosophy of Rudolf Carnap [Carnap63], p921

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A Quote by Robinson Jeffers on belief, change, communication, death, divinity, freedom, god, humanity, kindness, energy, love, peace, people, physics, religion, salvation, universe, and world

I believe that the universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole. (This is physics, I believe, as well as religion.) The parts change and pass, or die, people and races and rocks and stars; none of them seems to me important it itself, but only the whole. The whole is in all its parts so beautiful, and is felt by me to be so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled to love it, and to think of it as divine. It seems to me that this whole alone is worthy of the deeper sort of love; and that there is peace, freedom, I might say a kind of salvation, in turning one's affections outward toward this one God, rather than inwards on one's self, or on humanity, or on human imaginations and abstractions - the world of the spirits.

Robinson Jeffers (1887 - 1962)

Source: 1934

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