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Quotes of the Day for 7 April 2004 – Physics

Yesterday I delivered quotes on Chemistry. Long-time subscribers know that I'm a sucker for demands for "equal time" in these things, if I run quotes on dogs I'm sure to have quotes on cats the next day. Sure enough, the physicists responded with the predictable demand: Today's theme is Physics.

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The quotes:

Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

One thing they don't tell you about doing experimental physics is that sometimes you must work under adverse conditions ... like a state of sheer terror.
     - W. K. Hartmann

We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up until now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.
     - Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, 1858 - 1947

Physics is experience, arranged in economical order.
     - Ernst Mach, 1838 - 1916

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
     - Ernest Rutherford, 1871 - 1937

Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
     - Richard Feynman, 1918 - 1988


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