Class: Why not use Feynman’s lecture notes?
Gell-Mann: Because Feynman uses a different method than we do.
Class: What is Feynman’s method?
Gell-Mann: You write down the problem. Then you look at it and you think.
Then you write down the answer
...‎"Penny, I'm a physicist. I have a working knowledge of the universe and everything it contains."
"Who's Radiohead?"

(long, evil pause) “Penny, I have a working knowledge of the IMPORTANT things in the universe. Good luck.”

The decay [n→p+(e-)+ν] may be compared with parking a car in a crowded town on the Saturday afternoon before Christmas; it is possible in principle, but there is hardly any space available, so it takes a long time.

“The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful.” Poincare!

Last time, I asked: “What does mathematics mean to you?” And some people answered: “The manipulation of numbers, the manipulation of structures.” And if I had asked what music means to you, would you have answered: “The manipulation of notes?” -S. Lang

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. Bertrand Russsel

Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. ~Kepler (translation)
  • I cannot think of a single one, not even intelligence.
    • When asked what characteristics Nobel prize winning physicists had in common. As quoted in Physics Today (October 1994), p. 70. -Fermi
  • One day sir, you may tax it.
    • Faraday’s reply to William Gladstone, then British Chancellor of the Exchequer (minister of finance), when asked of the practical value of electricity (1850), as quoted in The Harvest of a Quiet Eye : A Selection of Scientific Quotations (1977), p. 56 -Faraday lolol
The secret is comprised in three words — Work, finish, publish. -Faraday
God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world. -Dirac
Es gibt keinen Gott und Dirac ist sein Prophet. -Pauli on Dirac
  • Maxwell’s equations have had a greater impact on human history than any ten presidents.
  • Maxwell’s importance in the history of scientific thought is comparable to Einstein’s (whom he inspired) and to Newton‘s (whose influence he curtailed)

I can run faster than you, just drop the laptop [!].

There was no way in hell I was going to let him get away with all my research.

-A. Maloney


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