1. 10

    The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine.

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  2. 9

    All science is either physics or stamp collecting.

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  3. 8

    I must confess it was very unexpected and I am very startled at my metamorphosis into a chemist.

    49
  4. 7

    The only possible conclusion the social sciences can draw is: some do, some don't.

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  5. 6

    If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.

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  6. 5

    It was almost as incredible as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.

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  7. 4

    An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid.

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  8. 3

    A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good.

    66
  9. 2

    When we have found how the nucleus of atoms is built up we shall have found the greatest secret of all — except life. We shall have found the basis of everything — of the earth we walk on, of the air we breathe, of the sunshine, of our physical body itself, of everything in the world, however great or however small — except life.

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  10. 1

    All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial.

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