Niels Bohr

A physicist.

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7 quotations — all marked as Serious.

  1. An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a very narrow field.
  2. Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.
  3. How wonderful that we have met with a paradox.
    Now we have some hope of making progress.
  4. Of course not.
    But I am told it works even if you don't believe in it.
    [Reply to a visitor to his home in Tisvilde who asked him if he really believed a horseshoe above his door brought him luck.]
  5. Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them.
  6. The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
    But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
  7. We are all agreed that your theory is crazy.
    The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.
    [Said to Wolfgang Pauli, after his presentation of Heisenberg's and Pauli's nonlinear field theory of elementary particles.]