Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.— Richard P. Feynman
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You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing.
If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics.
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in.
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• Quotes about Physics
Physics is to mathematics what sex is to masturbation.
It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.
Ordinary fools are all right; you can talk to them, and try to help them out. But pompous fools-guys who are fools and are covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus-THAT, I CANNOT STAND! An ordinary fool isn't a faker; an honest fool is all right. But a dishonest fool is terrible!
If you thought that science was certain - well, that is just an error on your part.
Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.
Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.
Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
My rule is, when you are unhappy, think about it.
But when you're happy, don't. Why spoil it? You're probably happy for some ridiculous reason and you'd just spoil it to know it.
God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
Einstein was a giant. His head was in the clouds, but his feet were on the ground. But those of us who are not that tall have to choose!
Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.
I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.
The only way to deep happiness is to do something you love to the best of your ability
What do I advise? Forget it all. Don't be afraid. Do what you get the most pleasure from. Is it to build a cloud chamber? Then go on doing things like that. Develop your talents wherever they may lead. Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!If you have any talent,or any occupation that delights you,do it, and do it to the hilt
Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
I am going to tell you what nature behaves like.
If you will simply admit that maybe she does behave like this, you will find her a delightful, entrancing thing. Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, 'But how can it be like that?' ...Nobody knows how it can be like that.
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.
It is odd, but on the infrequent occasions when I have been called upon in a formal place to play the bongo drums, the introducer never seems to find it necessary to mention that I also do theoretical physics.
Science is the organized skepticism in the reliability of expert opinion
Scientists are explorers. Philosophers are tourists.
There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt.
The inside of a computer is as dumb as hell but it goes like mad!
The "paradox" is only a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality "ought to be."
It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man.
We have this terrible struggle to try to explain things to people who have no reason to want to know.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.
What Do You Care What Other People Think?
Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter.
I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.
There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.
Don't pay attention to "authorities," think for yourself.
Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best.
Light is something like raindrops each little lump of light is called a photon and if the light is all one color, all the "raindrops" are the same.
Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it
Observation, reason, and experiment make up what we call the scientific method.
It is the facts that matter, not the proofs.
Physics can progress without the proofs, but we can't go on without the facts ... if the facts are right, then the proofs are a matter of playing around with the algebra correctly.
Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty -- some most unsure, some nearly sure, none absolutely certain.
So I have just one wish for you – the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.
If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.
We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.
To not know math is a severe limitation to understanding the world.
There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made.
There in wine is found the great generalization: all life is fermentation.