Niels Bohr


Niels Bohr (1885 – 1962) was a Nobel Prize-winning Danish physicist who was born on this day (Oct 7). He was also a philosopher who promoted the scientific temper. Here are some of his interesting and witty quotes:

*Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself it’s own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.

*An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.  🙂

*If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.

*We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. (on atomic models)

*Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question.

*The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth. (!!)

*How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. (Height of optimism!!)

*Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.  🙂 🙂

*There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.

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