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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 :-
- 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
- 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
- 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
- There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.--Robert Milliken, receiving 1923 Nobel prize for Physics
- Atmospheric nuclear tests do not seriously endanger either present or future generations.--Edward Teller, 1958
- I can accept the theory of relativity as little as I can accept the existence of atoms and other such dogmas.--Ernst Mach, 1913
- Everything that can be invented has been invented.--C.H. Duell Commissioner US Patents Office, 1899
- 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
- Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.-- Lord Kelvin, president Royal Society, 1895
- To affirm that the aeroplane is going to revolutionise naval warfare is to be guilty of the wildest exaggeration.--Scientific American, 1910
- Space travel is utter bilge.--Astronomer royal, 1956
- X-rays are a hoax.-- Lord Kelvin, 1900
- Radio has no future.-- Lord Kelvin, 1897
- 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
- I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.--Thomas Watson IBM Chairman, 1943
- There is no reason for any individuals to have a computer in their home.--Ken Olsen Chairman Digital Corp, 1977
- It matters if you just don't give up.
- My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
- We shouldn't be surprised that conditions in the universe are suitable for life, but this is not evidence that the universe was designed to allow for life.
- We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There's not much personal about the laws of physics.
- The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
- We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
- Stephen William Hawking (b.1942 - ..)....[ Stephen Hawking website ]
- The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
- [My] deep religiosity... found an abrupt ending at the age of twelve, through the reading of popular scientific books.
- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
- Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.
- The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
- The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein (b.1879 -1955)......
[ Einstein Archives Online ]
- "Science can teach us, and I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in, instead of the sort of place that the churches in all these centuries have made it."
- "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."
- "Truth is a shining goddess, always veiled, always distant, never wholly approachable, but worthy of all the devotion of which the human spirit is capable."
- "Mathematics may be defined as the subject where we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true."
- "The governors of the world believe, and have always believed, that virtue can only be taught by teaching falsehood, and that any man who knew the truth would be wicked. I disbelieve this, absolutely and entirely. I believe that love of truth is the basis of all real virtue, and that virtues based upon lies can only do harm."
- Bertrand Arthur William Russell (b.1872 - d.1970)....[ Bertrand Russell Gallery ]
- Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
- It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
- There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That's perfectly all right; they're the aperture to finding out what's right. Science is a self-correcting process. To be accepted, new ideas must survive the most rigorous standards of evidence and scrutiny.
- When you make the finding yourself--even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light--you never forget it.
- Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
- The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
- Carl Edward Sagan (1934 - 1996) .... [ Carl Sagan.com ]
Stephen Jay Gould.
- We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction.
- The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best--and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Look in the mirror, and don't be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival
- In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
- The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos
- Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness; rather, objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny — and also in a willingness to revise or abandon your theories when the tests fail (as they usually do).
- Stephen Jay Gould (1941 - 2002)....[ Stephen Gould Archive ]
The Quotable Richard Feynman
- The fact that I beat a drum has nothing to do with the fact that I do theoretical physics. Theoretical physics is a human endeavor, one of the higher developments of human beings - and this perpetual desire to prove that people who do it are human by showing that they do other things that a few other humans do (like playing bongo drums) is insulting to me.
- I find that teaching and the students keep life going, and I would never accept any position in which somebody has invented a
happy situation for me where I don't have to teach. Never.
- But I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe
without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn't frighten me.
- We can imagine that this complicated array of moving things which constitutes "the world" is something like a great chess game being played by the gods, and we are observers of the game. We do not know what the rules of the game are; all we are allowed to do is to watch the playing. Of course, if we watch long enough, we may eventually catch on to a few of the rules. The rules of the game are what we mean by fundamental physics.......
- I often use the analogy of a chess game: one can learn all the rules of chess, but one doesn't know how to play well.The present situation in physics is as if we know chess, but we don't know one or two rules. But in this part of the board where things are operation, those one or two tules are not operating much and we can get along pretty well without understanding those rules.
That's the way it is, I would say, regarding the phenomena of life, consciousness and so forth.
- God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the laws will explain, such as consiousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time--life and death--stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out.
- Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
- Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, 'But how can it be like that?' because you will get 'down the drain' into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that.
- Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.
- Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)....[ Feynman On-line ]
Feynman's last words ...............I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring.
Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)....[ Asimov On-line ]
- It is in meeting the great tests that mankind can most successfully rise to great heights. Out of danger and restless insecurity comes the force that pushes mankind to newer and loftier conquests.
-The End of Eternity
- The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not, “Eureka!”(“I found it!”) but rather,“Hmm... that’s funny...”
- Creationists make it sound as though a theory is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- The Bible contains legendary, historical and ethical contents. It is quite possible to consider them separately, and one doesn’t have to accept the legends in order to get the ethics. Fundamentalists make a grave mistake to insist on the letter of the writings, because they drive away many who can’t swallow the Adam-and-Eve bit.
- To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
- Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent
- Properly read !, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever
Arthur C Clarke.
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
RULES THAT STUDENTS USE IN PHYSICS CLASSES
- 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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