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  • There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self.
  • To teach is to learn again.
  • Well done is better than well said.
  • Excellence is never an accident.
  • Don't judge those who try and fail. Judge only those who fail to try.
  • If you are doing your best you won't have time to worry about failure.
  • The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his education.
  • Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion, You must set yourself on fire.
  • You are free the moment you do not look outside yourself for someone to solve your problems.
  • The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts.
  • doing what little one can to increase the general stock of knowledge is as respectable an object of life, as one can in any likelihood pursue.
  • The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.
  • "Theologian" - An uncommon individual who, though possessing finite abilities, has been called by God himself who, though possessing infinite abilities, requires the assistance of the former in explaining Himself to the rest of us." [Translation: if God existed, theologians would be out of work.]"
  • God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.-Sir William Bragg (1862 - 1942).
  • Man's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains it's original dimensions.
  • Regarding your 'D' in Physics let me say that a good scare is sometimes worth more than good advice.
  • As you climb the ladder of success, make sure it is leaning against the right building.
  • Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet.
  • Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over.
  • "[The Bible] has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity and upwards of a thousand lies."
  • When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.
  • If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.
  • If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.
  • I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.
  • To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
  • A man is accepted into church for what he believes--and turned out for what he knows.
  • I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
  • Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
  • If creationists really understood science they would despise it even more.
  • My FAVOURITE QUOTE by Ernest Rutherford (1871 - 1937), in J. B. Birks "Rutherford at Manchester" (1962)......
                                           All science is either PHYSICS or stamp collecting !

[ Things they wish they'd never said !!! ]

Courtesy of :- Mr.Roger Scott (Retired Science teacher)
It is interesting to know that famous scientific, engineering and business minds have throughout history made some tremendous blunders. Here are a few :-

  1. The seat of the soul and the control of voluntary movement, in fact of nervous function in general, are to be sought in the heart. The brain is of minor importance.-- Aristotle, 4th century BCE
  2. The energy produced by the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects it to be a source of power, to be obtained from the transformation of atoms, is talking moonshine.-- Lord Rutherford, 1933
  3. There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.--Albert Einstein, 1932
  4. There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.--Robert Milliken, receiving 1923 Nobel prize for Physics
  5. Atmospheric nuclear tests do not seriously endanger either present or future generations.--Edward Teller, 1958
  6. I can accept the theory of relativity as little as I can accept the existence of atoms and other such dogmas.--Ernst Mach, 1913
  7. Everything that can be invented has been invented.--C.H. Duell Commissioner US Patents Office, 1899
  8. It is apparent to me that the possibilities of the aeroplane, which two or three years ago was thought to hold the solution to the flying machine problem, have been exhausted and that we must turn elsewhere.--Thomas Edison, 1895
  9. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.-- Lord Kelvin, president Royal Society, 1895
  10. To affirm that the aeroplane is going to revolutionise naval warfare is to be guilty of the wildest exaggeration.--Scientific American, 1910
  11. Space travel is utter bilge.--Astronomer royal, 1956
  12. X-rays are a hoax.-- Lord Kelvin, 1900
  13. Radio has no future.-- Lord Kelvin, 1897
  14. This "telephone" has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.--Western Union internal memo, 1876
  15. I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.--Thomas Watson IBM Chairman, 1943
  16. There is no reason for any individuals to have a computer in their home.--Ken Olsen Chairman Digital Corp, 1977

Stephen Hawking.

Albert Einstein.

Bertrand Russell.

Carl Sagan.

Stephen Jay Gould.

The Quotable Richard Feynman

Feynman's last words ...............I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring.

Isaac Asimov.     

  • Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)....[ Asimov On-line ]
    Arthur C Clarke.     

    • How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
    • Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.
    • I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.
    • It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
    • It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him.
    • Perhaps, as some wit remarked, the best proof that there is Intelligent Life in Outer Space is the fact it hasn't come here. Well, it can't hide forever - one day we will overhear it.
    • Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

      Clarkes 3- Laws of Prediction

    • 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
    • 2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
    • 3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
  • Arthur C Clarke (1917 - 2008)....[ Clarke Foundation]
    Quotable University lecturers -(Source ANZ-Physicist Journal)
    • The mathematician follows the elephant with a bucket and shovel. The physicist rides the elephant telling it where to go.
    • F = m.a, Newton's second law. It is the closest thing we've got to God.
    • I realise that many of you will become engineers and therefore are not interested in the finer things of life ...... like understanding ...!
    • Mathematicians never use ordinary words when they can avoid it.
    • It is obvious that irrationals are uninteresting to an engineer, since they are only concerned with approximations and all approximations are rational.
    • It's clear that the physicists are talking about something. It's useful, practical, but it is not clear what it is !
    • I can find out exactly to within one million years.
    • Talking about electromagnetism : It's not like sniffing flowers or folk dancing ; it's got maths in it !
    • It's hard to get a warm inner glow when you've got a formula like that.
    • Anyone who turns up late to this lecture will either miss a great experiment or a great humiliation.
    • There is a slight complication here which is solved by ignoring it.
    • And then the current drops from 5 million amps to zero ..... the technical name for this is a "major disruption".
    • Is it log(10) or log(e) ? It doesn't matter because your results are that far out !
    • You don't come up with Coulomb's law by gazing down at your navel and sweating.
    • Transformations are like putting your shoes and socks on, it makes a difference the order which you do it in.
    • In Paris there is a standard kilogram and in Australia there is a substandard.
    • Fresnel diffraction occurs at distances greater than infinity.

    Facts of Life. - from a noteworthy colleague
    • The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
    • If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
    • Money can't buy happiness... but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
    • Deja Moo: the feeling that you've heard this bullshit before.
    • Psychiatrists say that one out of four people are mentally ill. Check three friends. If they're ok...
    • Nothing in the known universe travels faster than a bad cheque.
    • A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.
    • It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in laboratory rats.
    • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
    • The average woman would rather have beauty than brains,because the average man can see better than he can think.
    • Paranoids are people too. They have their own problems. It's easy to criticize, but if everybody hated you, you'd be paranoid too.
    • Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
    • Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by moving from where you left them to where you can't find them.
    • Law of Probability Dispersal: Whatever it is that hits the fan will NOT be evenly distributed.
    • Always remember to pillage BEFORE you burn.

    Rules for Physics Classes. - from another noteworthy colleague
    • 1 - If at all possible, avoid reading the problem. Reading the problem only consumes time and causes confusion.
    • 2 - Extract the numbers from the problem in the order in which they appear. Be on the watch for numbers written in words.
    • 3 - If rule 2 yields three or more numbers, the best bet for getting the answer is to add them together.
    • 4 - If there are only two numbers and these are approximately the same size, then subtraction should give the best results.
    • 5 - If there are only two numbers in the problem and one is much smaller than the other, then divide if it goes exactly, otherwise multiply.
    • 6 - If the problem seems like it calls for a formula, pick a formula that has enough letters to use all the numbers in the problem.
    • 7 - If the rules 1 - 6 don't seems to work, make one last desperate attempt. Take the set of numbers found by rule 2 and perform about 2 pages of random operations using these numbers. You should circle about five or six answers on each page just in case one of them happens to be the answer. You might get part marks for trying hard.
    • 8 - Never, never spend too much time solving problems. This set of rules will get you through even the hardest questions in no more than 10 minutes with very little thinking.

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