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      Date: Aug  6, 2010
     Title: Quote for the month

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Quote for November 2017:

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."

Quote for October 2017

Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world.

Quote for September 2017

"The light in the world comes principally from two sources -- the sun, and the student's lamp. "

Quote for August 2017

“Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting point and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up”

Quote for July 2017

"I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy."

Quote for June 2017

"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."

Quote for May 2017

"Modest scientist approach science as craftsman with models they are acquainted with, they do not see objects outside the field they are interested in, they do not look around, very often they do not even recognise obvious close relationships that exist among them, they really do not think as scientists should:  for many of them one can say that they do not think at all for themselves, and rely upon other scientists’ thought.
Great scientist get inspirations from one or two essential observations that have impressed them very much and that generated an idea in their mind and they had to think about their observations very long and thoroughly, and then they would come up with a solution, at least as hypothetical one … That was the procedure whereby many of the greatest theories were developed. These aew the real processes of scientific creation.
The processes of creation are inspired by imagination. The imagination is a process that generates a picture, an action, a law,.. Imagination is really essential for real scientists just as it is essential for the best artists".

Quote for April 2017

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool."

Quote for March 2017

"Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and at times -- and this is the worst of all -- before we have new ones"

Quote for February 2017

"Every time man makes a new experiment, he always learns more. He cannot learn less".

Quote for January 2017

"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."

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Quote for Deecember 2016

"...science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another... "

Quote for November 2016

"I shall conduct the reader over the road that I have myself travelled, rather a rough and winding road, because otherwise I cannot hope that he will take much interest in the result at the end of the journey. The conclusion I shall arrive at is that the field equations of gravitation which I have championed hitherto still need a slight modification."

Quote for October 2016

"Statistical data cannot be improved by doing better statistics."

Quote for September 2016

If your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics, I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation”

Quote for August 2016

"Nature understands no jesting. She is always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always those of man.

Quote for July 2016

"We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.

Quote for June 2016

“If you watch a glacier from a distance, and see the big rocks falling into sea, and the way the ice moves, and so forth, it is not really essential to remember that it is made out of little hexagonal ice crystals. Yet if understood well enough, the motion of the glacier is in fact a consequence of the character of the hexagonal ice crystals. But, it takes a quite a while to understand all the behaviour of the glacier (in fact nobody knows enough about ice yet, no matter how much they’ve studied the crystal). However, the hope is that if we do understand the ice crystal we shall ultimately understand the glacier.”

Quote for May 2016:

“One must never lose faith in the belief that science will in the end win out.” 

Quote for April 2016

"It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows"

Quote for March 2016

"The theory of probability as mathematical discipline can and should be developed from axioms in exactly the same way as Geometry and Algebra”.

Quote for February 2016

“I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.” 

Quote for January 2016

"However, all scientific statements and laws have one characteristic in common: they are “true or false” (adequate or inadequate). Roughly speaking, our reaction to them is “yes” or “no.” The scientific way of thinking has a further characteristic. The concepts which it uses to build up its coherent systems are not expressing emotions. For the scientist, there is only “being,” but no wishing, no valuing, no good, no evil; no goal. As long as we remain within the realm of science proper, we can never meet with a sentence of the type: “Thou shalt not lie.” There is something like a Puritan's restraint in the scientist who seeks truth: he keeps away from everything voluntaristic or emotional."

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Quote for December 2015

"Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it."

Quote for November 2015

"How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?"

Quote for October 2015

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

Quote for September 2015

“If things are under control you are not fast enough”.

Quote for August 2015

“What we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."

Quote for July 2015

We expected through the commercial cargo program we would lose some vehicles, but I didn’t think we would lose them all in a one-year time frame, but we have.

Quote for June 2015

"Politics is more difficult than physics"

Quote for May 2015

“Airlines do not spend millions on aircraft to make roost for pigeons on vertical fin, fouling the logo” 

Quote for April 2015

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

Quote for March 2015

“When one looks back over the development of physics, one sees that it can be pictured as a rather steady development with many small steps and superposed on that a number of big jumps. These big jumps usually consist in overcoming a prejudice...And then a physicist has to replace this prejudice by something more precise, and leading to some entirely new conception of nature.”

Quote for February 2015

"I must say that I also do not like indeterminism. I have to accept it because it is certainly the best that we can do with our present knowledge. One can always hope that there will be future developments that will lead to a drastically different theory from the present quantum mechanical theory and for which there may be a partial return of determinism. However, so long as one keeps to the present formalism, one has to have this indeterminism."

Quote for January 2015

"No great thing is created sudenly"

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Quote for December 2014

“However, all scientific statements and laws have one characteristic in common: they are “true or false” (adequate or inadequate). Roughly speaking, our reaction to them is “yes” or “no.” The scientific way of thinking has a further characteristic. The concepts which it uses to build up its coherent systems are not expressing emotions. For the scientist, there is only “being,” but no wishing, no valuing, no good, no evil; no goal. As long as we remain within the realm of science proper, we can never meet with a sentence of the type: “Thou shalt not lie.” There is something like a Puritan's restraint in the scientist who seeks truth: he keeps away from everything voluntaristic or emotional.”

Quote for November 2014

"A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory."

Quote for October 2014

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

Quote for September 2014

"In my scientific vocation I have found a pleasant shelter, where I was protected  from many turbulences that shook the world. Under that roof I have prepared and equipped my scientific workshop, segregated from the wider world but in constant spiritual connection with famous scientists, I have created my scientific area, my indisputable spiritual property. In this workshop I have spent forty years including short breaks writing and publishing my papers."

Quote for August 2014

“ A law is more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises, the more different are the kinds of things it relates, and the more extended its range of applicability.  Thermodynamics is the only physical theory of universal content, which I am convinced, that within the framework of applicability of its basic concepts will never be overthrown.”

Quote for July 2014

“To think is easy. To act is hard. However, the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

Quote for June 2014

"World hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress."

Quote for May 2014

“Having been in my progress so often misled by taking for granted the results of others, I have determined to write as little as possible but what I can attest by my experience.”

 Quote for April 2014

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

Quote for March 2014

 "All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience." 

Quote for February 2014

“Never confuse motion with action."

Quote for January 2014

"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things"

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Quote for December 2013

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. It is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

Quote for November 2013

I don't like to go over curbs, because I don't want to be hard on the car. I have always had this mentality because I hated to break anything on the car.

Quote for October 2013

 "We often think that when we have completed the study of one we know all about two because "two" is "one and one". We forget that we still have to make the study of "and."

Quote for September 2013

 “It’s always my objective to concentrate on the task by taking into account everything within me: my personality, my training, my strong points, my weak points. I can then somehow get to a level where I am ahead of the car. I’m some split of a second ahead halfway through a corner, exiting a corner, just before braking, just before changing a gear, just before putting (on) the power. I can almost predict what I’m going to face, and correct it before it happens. That takes a lot of concentration as well as instant reactions.

Quote for August 2013:

"There are ten solutions to every problem. You should work them all out, then find one that has a particular merit in terms of simplicity, cost, elegance and refinement."

Quote for July 2013:

 "Mathematics is independent of the psychological processes that go on in the mind of a person doing mathematics."

Quote for June 2013

"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience."

Quote for May 2013:

"Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to the law of diminishing returns"

Quote for April 2013:

“Unless I am much mistaken, it would exceed the force of human wit, to consider so many causes of motion at the same time, and to define the motions by exact laws which would allow of an easy calculation.” 

Quote for March 2013

“All I want to do is to go to Cleveland, on time and never crash.”   

Quation for February 2013:

"New scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventally die, and a new generation grow up that is familiar with it."

Quotation for January 2013:

"Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold"

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