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Quotes of the Day for 11 May 2002 – Richard Feynman
Richard Phillips Feynman was born at New York City on this day in 1918. He studied at MIT and received a doctorate for original work on quantum mechanics at Princeton in 1942. After working on atomic bomb development during the war he held the chair in theoretical physics at Cornell, and the same position at Caltech for the rest of his career. His lectures were extremely well regarded both in and outside the opaque realm of physics, and became the basis for several books. Unlike most physicists, I could read Feynman for hours.
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For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
For those who want some proof that physicists are human, the proof is in the idiocy of all the different units which they use for measuring energy.
- The Character of Physical Law
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.
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.
- QED, The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
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.
- All today's quotes are from Richard Feynman, 1918 - 1988
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