History, Science and Famous People

One can never truly appreciate physics without the knowledge of how far we have come, how little we know, and how far we have yet to go!

Albert Einstein

"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."

 -Albert Einstein


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."

-Albert Einstein


"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

-Albert Einstein


"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful, he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. ..."

-Henri Jules Poincare




"I have explained phenomena ... by the force of gravity, but I have not yet ascertained the cause of gravity itself ... & I do not invent hypotheses."

“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess”

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

"If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention, than to any other talent"

A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true,

for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.

This most beautiful system [The Universe] could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.

Absolute Space
"Absolute Space, in its own nature, without regard to any thing external, remains always similar and immovable".

Father of Nuclear Physics: Ernest Rutherford

"All science is either physics or stamp collecting."

"If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky that would be like the splendour of the Mighty One...

I am become Death, the Shatterer of Worlds."

Oppenheimer: Atomic Bomb Manhattan Project


Marie Curie 

"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. ... It was like a new world opened to me, ...which I was at last permitted to know in all liberty.



"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

"The only real valuable thing is intuition."

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."

"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."

"The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility."

"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

"Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."

"The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking."

"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."

"Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."

"Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity."

"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."

"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."

"One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year."

"...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought."

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)