Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Feynman Quotes

Richard Feynman was an American Physicist he was a maverick scientist famous for his lectures amongst students which are now compiled as The Feynman Lectures On Physics, a three-volume set which has become a classic text.Richard Feynman was regarded as an eccentric and a free spirit. For his work on quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, together with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga.Presented here are some of his quotes which will help you get a glimpse of his genius mind and playful temprament:

Physics isn't the most important thing. Love is.

I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.

When playing Russian roulette the fact that the first shot got off safely is little comfort for the next.

I think I can safely say that no one understands quantum mechanics.

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 consciousness, 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.

What I cannot create, I do not understand.

I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring.
· Last words

It is scientific only to say what is more likely and what less likely, and not to be proving all the time the possible and impossible.

I have to understand the world, you see.

All fundamental processes are reversible.

Don't worry about anything... Go out and have a good time.

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man.

Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.

Physics is to math what sex is to masturbation.

The wonderful thing about science is that it's alive.
We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

Know how to solve every problem that has been solved.

The Feynman Problem-Solving Algorithm:
(1) write down the problem;
(2) think very hard;
(3) write down the answer.

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