Niels Bohr Quotes

Niels Bohr Quotes. He was one of the fathers of Quantum Mechanics. As a lot of other physicists, he was a great philosopher too.

“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”

“The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.”

“How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.”

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

“It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we say about Nature.”

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.”

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.”

“Einstein, stop telling God what to do!”

“There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.”

“For a parallel to the lesson of atomic theory regarding the limited applicability of such customary idealisations, we must in fact turn to quite other branches of science, such as psychology, or even to that kind of epistemological problems with which already thinkers like BUDDHA and LAO TSE have been confronted, when trying to harmonize our position as spectators and actors in the great drama of existence. “

“A physicist is just an atom’s way of looking at itself.”

“There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.”

“Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation, but as a question.”

“No, no, you’re not thinking; you’re just being logical.”

“When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.”

Niels Bohr



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