I'm smart enough to know that I'm dumb.
I think I can safely say that nobody understands Quantum Mechanics.
Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which 'are' there.
The theoretical broadening which comes from having many humanities subjects on the campus is offset by the general dopiness of the people who study these things...
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.
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.
Physicists like to think that all you have to do is say, these are the conditions, now what happens next?
When things are going well, something will go wrong. When things just can't get any worse, they will. Anytime things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something.
no respect whatsoever for authority.
We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.
Things on a very small scale [like electrons] behave like nothing that you have any direct experience about. They do not behave like waves, they do not behave like particles, they do not behave like clouds, or billiard balls, or weights on springs, or like anything that you have ever seen.
It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.
Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
If you thought that science was certain - well, that is just an error on your part.
I was born not knowing and have only had a little time to change that here and there.
I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.
There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!
The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another.
Nobody understands quantum theory.
Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?