A Quote by Richard Phillips Feynman on graduation, physics, schools, students, and understanding

What I am going to tell you about is what we teach our physics students in the third or fourth year of graduate school . . . It is my task to convince you not to turn away because you don't understand it. You see my physics students don't understand it . . . That is because I don't understand it. Nobody does.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Source: QED, The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, Penguin Books, London, 1990, p 9.

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on ability, action, anthropology, architecture, art, death, editors, education, engineering, evolution, facts, history, humanity, individuality, intelligence, knowledge, language, liberty, literature, mathematics, medicine, peac

Humanity today is not safe in the presence of humanity. The old cannibalism has given way to anonymous action in which the killer and the killed do not know each other, and in which,indeed, the very fact of mass death has the effect of making mass killing less reprehensible than the death of a single individual. In short, we have evolved in every respect except our ability to protect ourselves against human intelligence. Our knowledge is vast but does not embrace the workings of peace. . . . We study history, philosophy, religions, languages, literature, art, architecture, political science . . . anthropology, biology, medicine, psychology, sanitation . . . chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics. But we have yet to make peace basic to our education. The most important subject in the world is hardly taught at all. In the spirit of this passage, the editor has taken the liberty of editing Mr. Cousins' language to make it more gender inclusive.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

Source: Place of Folly, 1962.

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A Quote by Neil Postman on balance, humility, learning, mind, mistakes, perspective, physics, purpose, and science

"The scientific method," Thomas Henry Huxley once wrote, "is nothing but the normal working of the human mind." That is to say, when the mind is working; that is to say further, when it is engaged in corrrecting its mistakes. Taking this point of view, we may conclude that science is not physics, biology, or chemistry-is not even a "subject"-but a moral imperative drawn from a larger narrative whose purpose is to give perspective, balance, and humility to learning.

Neil Postman (19?? -)

Source: Neil Postman, The End of Education, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1995, p 68.

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A Quote by Michio Kaku on foolishness, honesty, persistence, physics, science, scientists, theory, and work

There are many examples of old, incorrect theories that stubbornly persisted, sustained only by the prestige of foolish but well-connected scientists. . . . Many of these theories have been killed off only when some decisive experiment exposed their incorrectness. .. Thus the yeoman work in any science, and especially physics, is done by the experimentalist, who must keep the theoreticians honest.

Michio Kaku

Source: Michio Kaku Hyperspace, Oxford University Press, 1995, p 263.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on agreement, college, grace, heart, love, needs, physics, soul, and theory

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle . . . (or) Einstein's Theory of Relativity. . . (or) the Second Theory of Thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Maria Goeppert Mayer on beginning, mathematics, mind, nature, and physics

Mathematics began to seem too much like puzzle solving. Physics is puzzle solving, too, but of puzzles created by nature, not by the mind of man.

Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906 - 1972)

Source: J. Dash, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, A Life of One's Own.

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on atoms, facts, laws, physics, and present

We could present spatially an atomic fact which contradicted the laws of physics, but not one which contradicted the laws of geometry.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

Source: Tractatus Logico Philosophicus, New York, 1922.

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A Quote by Leon Lederman on money, physics, religion, and time

Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money.

Leon Lederman

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A Quote by John C. Lettsom on death, people, and physics

When people's ill, they come to I, I Physics, bleeds, and sweats 'em; Sometimes they live, sometimes they die. What's that to I? I lets 'em.

John C. Lettsom

Source: Quoted in: Say it Again, edited by Dorothy Uris

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A Quote by John Burdon Sanderson Haldane on belief, destruction, physics, and time

A time will however come (as I believe) when physiology will invade and destroy mathematical physics, as the latter has destroyed geometry.

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892 - 1964)

Source: Daedalus, or Science and the Future, London: Kegan Paul, 1923.

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