Showing posts with label Edward Witten. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edward Witten. Show all posts

"I'm happier with beauty and harmony than with ordering because the Universe is too big for anybody to order, but you can try to bring order into the basic ideas. What you're really doing is achieving harmony and beauty in your understanding, and the power in explaining and understanding more." - Edward Witten

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"I'm happier with beauty and harmony than with ordering because the Universe is too big for anybody to order, but you can try to bring order into the basic ideas.  What you're really doing is achieving harmony and beauty in your understanding, and the power in explaining and understanding more." - Edward Witten
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"If you know what the string is, then you know what it does." - Edward Witten

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"If you know what the string is, then you know what it does." - Edward Witten
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"A lot of nice formulas, and they kind of work miraculously. It's a pity if the theories don't exist." - Edward Witten

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"A lot of nice formulas, and they kind of work miraculously. It's a pity if the theories don't exist." - Edward Witten
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"The most important thing to tell you about this talk is that I'm not at all sure that what I'm going to be saying is correct. I considered whether it was therefore my duty to cancel the lecture. It was tempting. But, I justified giving the talk to myself on the grounds that you might learn something of what I was trying to do, even if it turns out that my proposal isn't right." - Edward Witten

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"The most important thing to tell you about this talk is that I'm not at all sure that what I'm going to be saying is correct.  I considered whether it was therefore my duty to cancel the lecture.  It was tempting.  But, I justified giving the talk to myself on the grounds that you might learn something of what I was trying to do, even if it turns out that my proposal isn't right." - Edward Witten
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"You have that one basic string, but it can vibrate in many ways. But we're trying to get a lot of particles because experimental physicists have discovered a lot of particles." - Edward Witten

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"You have that one basic string, but it can vibrate in many ways.  But we're trying to get a lot of particles because experimental physicists have discovered a lot of particles." - Edward Witten
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"Even before string theory, especially as physics developed in the Twentieth Century, it turned out that the equations that really work in describing Nature with the most generality and the greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle." - Edward Witten

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"Even before string theory, especially as physics developed in the Twentieth Century, it turned out that the equations that really work in describing Nature with the most generality and the greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle." - Edward Witten
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"Regardless of any deviations, it was clear I was supposed to end up in math and physics." - Edward Witten

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"Regardless of any deviations, it was clear I was supposed to end up in math and physics." - Edward Witten
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"Since probabilities cannot be bigger than 1, the contribution of a complex critical point to a probability amplitude can be exponentially small, but it cannot be exponentially large." - Edward Witten

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"Since probabilities cannot be bigger than 1, the contribution of a complex critical point to a probability amplitude can be exponentially small, but it cannot be exponentially large." - Edward Witten
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"I suppose it's common that kids in any high school sit around talking about who the smartest person in the class is. But we used to sit around -- when Edward wasn't there -- and talk about how he was the smartest person in the world." - Peter Baida

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"I suppose it's common that kids in any high school sit around talking about who the smartest person in the class is. But we used to sit around -- when Edward wasn't there -- and talk about how he was the smartest person in the world." - Peter Baida
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"Whether you think of them yourself or learn about them as a result of the work of others, good ideas -- really good ideas -- in math and physics are just much more beautiful than what you meet in other walks of life. And part of the beauty of math and physics is that they're universal. If there are other civilizations in other galaxies, they discovered the same math we discovered -- because it's true. They might organize it differently but they've discovered the same truth." - Edward Witten

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"Whether you think of them yourself or learn about them as a result of the work of others, good ideas -- really good ideas -- in math and physics are just much more beautiful than what you meet in other walks of Life. And part of the beauty of math and physics is that they're universal. If there are other civilizations in other galaxies, they discovered the same math we discovered -- because it's true. They might organize it differently but they've discovered the same truth." - Edward Witten
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"It's hard to assign probabilities to something that only happens once." - Edward Witten

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"It's hard to assign probabilities to something that only happens once." - +Edward Witten
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"I think we all have to come to grips with the fact that we probably won't get to see everything we'd like to see." - Edward Witten

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"I think we all have to come to grips with the fact that we probably won't get to see everything we'd like to see." - Edward Witten
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"We know a lot of things, but what we don't know is a lot more." - Edward Witten

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"We know a lot of things, but what we don't know is a lot more." - Edward Witten
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"Physics without strings is roughly analogous to mathematics without complex numbers." - Edward Witten

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"Physics without strings is roughly analogous to mathematics without complex numbers." - Edward Witten
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