Arthur Eddington Quotes


15 Arthur Eddington quotes:



"Probably the simplest hypothesis... is that there may be a slow process of annihilation of matter."
"The mathematics is not there till we put it there."
"If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics, I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation."
"It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they are confirmed by theory."
"It is even possible that laws which have not their origin in the mind may be irrational, and we can never succeed in formulating them."
"It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset."
"It is one thing for the human mind to extract from the phenomena of nature the laws which it has itself put into them; it may be a far harder thing to extract laws over which it has no control."
"It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star."
"Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate. One thing at least is certain, light has weight. One thing is certain and the rest debate. Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight."
"Proof is an idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself."
"Shuffling is the only thing which Nature cannot undo."
"The quest of the absolute leads into the four-dimensional world."
"We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown."
"We have found that where science has progressed the farthest, the mind has but regained from nature that which the mind put into nature."
"Who will observe the observers?"



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