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Alexander Unzicker | Physics has lost its grip on the ground

"Physics has lost its grip on the ground. For every anomaly, scientists pull a new parameter out of a hat instead of trying to understand the underlying principles. They have accumulated more than 30 "natural constants": all values that no one can explain."

Alexander Unzicker

Werner Heisenberg | This mathematical scheme had for me a magical attraction

"I found in the formulae. which were the results of my collaboration with Kramers, a mathematics which in a certain sense worked automatically, independently of all physical models. This mathematical scheme had for me a magical attraction, and I was fascinated by the thought that perhaps here could be seen the first threads of an enormous net of deep-set relations."

Werner Heisenberg

Lawrence Krauss | asking the right experimental questions

"We do not know whether we are on the right track and whether we are even asking the right experimental questions. But we have no choice but to continue with all our might."

Lawrence Krauss

Carl Sagan | Imagination will often carry us to worlds

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."

Carl Sagan

George Bernard Shaw | In the Middle Ages people believed that the earth was flat

"In the Middle Ages people believed that the earth was flat, for which they had at least the evidence of their senses: we believe it to be round, not because as many as one per cent of us could give the physical reasons for so quaint a belief, but because modern science has convinced us that nothing that is obvious is true, and that everything that is magical, improbable, extraordinary, gigantic, microscopic, heartless, or outrageous is scientific."

George Bernard Shaw

David McGowan | The Moon Landing is essentially the adult version of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

"[The Moon Landing] is essentially the adult version of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. What primarily motivates them is fear. But it is not the lie itself that scares people; it is what that lie says about the world around us and how it really functions. For if NASA was able to pull off such an outrageous hoax before the entire world, and then keep that lie in place for four decades, what does that say about the control of the information we receive? What does that say about the media, and the scientific community, and the educational community, and all the other institutions we depend on to tell us the truth? What does that say about the very nature of the world we live in?"

David McGowan

Fred Hoyle | Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside

“Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available…a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.“

Fred Hoyle

John Herschel | In entering upon any scientific pursuit, one of the student’s first endeavours

"In entering upon any scientific pursuit, one of the student’s first endeavours ought to be, to prepare his mind for the reception of truth, by dismissing, or at least loosening his hold on, all such crude and hastily adopted notions respecting the objects and relations he is about to examine as may tend to embarrass or mislead him.; and to strengthen himself, by something of an effort and a resolve, for the unprejudiced admission of any conclusion which shall appear to be supported by careful observation and logical argument, even should it prove of a nature adverse to notions he may have previously formed for himself, or taken up, without examination, on the credit of others."

John Frederick William Herschel (A Treatise on Astronomy 1833)