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Eugene Wigner
(1902-1995) born on
Nov 17
Hungarian-US physicist. He was the joint winner, with Jensen and Mayer, of the Nobel Prize, 1963, for extensive work on quantum mechanics.
         
   
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Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them.

R
It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too.
A
[While] solipsism may be logically consistent with present quantum mechanics, monism in the sense of materialism is not.
N
The simplicities of natural laws arise through the complexities of the language we use for their expression.
K
"The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences"
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.
R: http://www.chem.columbia.edu/~gezelter/quotes/wigner.html
A: 'Solipism' is the theory that only the self exists; http://www.leaderu.com/ftissues/ft9511/revessay.html
N: "Charlies" internet collection of quotations.
K: Title of a article, "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences. Communications in Pure and Applied Mathematics 13(1).
   


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