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  • Quantum mechanics is just completely strange and counterintuitive. We can't believe that things can be here [in one place] and there [in another place] at the same time. And yet that's a fundamental piece of quantum mechanics. So then the question is, life is dealing us weird lemons, can we make some weird lemonade from this?

    "A Quantum Leap in Computing". NOVA Interview, www.pbs.org. July 21, 2011.
  • The universe is not only queerer than we suppose; it is queerer than we can suppose

    Bill Bryson (2014). “A Short History of Nearly Everything”, p.20, Lulu Press, Inc
  • [Heisenberg's seminal 1925 paper initiating quantum mechanics marked] one of the great jumps—perhaps the greatest—in the development of twentieth century physics.

  • But some of these theories are so bold that they can clash with reality: they are the testable theories of science. And when they clash, then we know that there is a reality; something that can inform us that our ideas are mistaken.

    Science   Reality   Ideas  
    Karl Popper, W.W. Bartley, III (2013). “Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics: From the Postscript to The Logic of Scientific Discovery”, p.3, Routledge
  • I favour an interpretation of quantum mechanics (the 'Everett interpretation') according to which reality branches in any chancy quantum situation. On this view, Schrödinger's set-up will give rise to in two future branches of reality, one with a live cat, and one with a dead cat - and the talk of '50% chances' just indicates that the two branches are both equally real futures of the cat that originally entered the box.

    Real   Cat   Views  
    "Physical". Interview with Richard Marshall, www.3ammagazine.com. April 8, 2013.
  • People get a lot of confusion, because they keep trying to think of quantum mechanics as classical mechanics.

    "Quantum Mechanics in Your Face". Lecture at the New England sectional meeting of the American Physical Society, April 9, 1994.
  • [T]he laws of quantum mechanics itself cannot be formulated ... without recourse to the concept of consciousness.

  • When things get tough, there are two things that make life worth living: Mozart, and quantum mechanics

    Music   Two   Tough  
  • Solipsism may be logically consistent with present Quantum Mechanics, Monism in the sense of Materialism is not.

    Eugene Paul Wigner (2012). “Philosophical Reflections and Syntheses”, p.252, Springer Science & Business Media
  • Unless a thing can be defined by measurement, it has no place in a theory. And since an accurate value of the momentum of a localized particle cannot be defined by measurement it therefore has no place in the theory.

    Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, Matthew Sands (2013). “The Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol. 3 for tablets”, Basic Books
  • If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.

    Biography/Personal Quotes, www.imdb.com.
  • There's no verbs before time itself exists, right? There's no popping into existence, there's no fluctuating, there's no quantum mechanical craziness, there is literally nothing.

    Source: www.wbur.org
  • While many questions about quantum mechanics are still not fully resolved, there is no point in introducing needless mystification where in fact no problem exists. Yet a great deal of recent writing about quantum mechanics has done just that.

    Writing   Done   Facts  
    "The Quark and the Jaguar". Book by Murray Gell-Mann, 1994.
  • But, as we have seen, movement does not require a mover, and modern quantum mechanics has shown that not all effects require a cause. And even if they did, why would the Prime Mover need to be a supernatural anthropomorphic deity such as the Judeo - Christian God? Why could it not just as well be the material universe itself?

    Victor J. Stenger (1990). “Physics and Psychics: The Search for a World Beyond the Senses”
  • This book is unique. I know of no other which so artfully tackles two of the greatest mysteries of modern science, quantum mechanics, and consciousness. It has long been suspected that these mysteries are somehow related: the authors’ treatment of this thorny and controversial issue is honest, wide-ranging, and immensely readable. The book contains some of the clearest expositions I have ever seen of the strange and paradoxical nature of the quantum world. Quantum Enigma is a pleasure to read, and I am sure it is destined to become a classic.

    Book   Unique   Two  
  • 'Participant' is the incontrovertible new concept given by quantum mechanics. It strikes down the 'observer' of classical theory, the man who stands safely behind the thick glass wall and watches what goes on without taking part. It can't be done, quantum mechanics says it...May the universe in some sense be 'brought into being' by the participation of those who participate?

    Wall   Men   Glasses  
  • It is true that many scientists are not philosophically minded and have hitherto shown much skill and ingenuity but little wisdom.

    "Natural Philosophy of Cause and Chance" by Max Born, (p. 2), 1964.
  • It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness.

    Law   Way   Consciousness  
    Eugene Paul Wigner (2012). “Philosophical Reflections and Syntheses”, p.248, Springer Science & Business Media
  • Quantum mechanics makes absolutely no sense.

  • The difference between science and religion is that the former wishes to get rid of mysteries whereas the latter worships them.

  • If [quantum theory] is correct, it signifies the end of physics as a science.

    Physics   Ends   Quantum  
  • Indeterminism does not confer freedom on us: I would feel that my freedom was impaired if I thought that a quantum mechanical trigger in my brain might cause me to leap into the garden and eat a slug

    Garden   Brain   Doe  
    J. J. C. Smart, J. J. Haldane (2008). “Atheism and Theism”, p.63, John Wiley & Sons
  • If you start any large theory, such as quantum mechanics, plate tectonics, evolution, it takes about 40 years for mainstream science to come around. Gaia has been going for only 30 years or so.

  • It seems sensible to discard all hope of observing hitherto unobservable quantities, such as the position and period of the electron... Instead it seems more reasonable to try to establish a theoretical quantum mechanics, analogous to classical mechanics, but in which only relations between observable quantities occur.

  • Bells theorem dealt a shattering blow to Einsteins position by showing that the conception of reality as consisting of separate parts, joined by local connections, is incompatible with quantum theory... Bells theorem demonstrates that the universe is fundamentally interconnected, interdependent, and inseparable.

    Science   Blow   Reality  
  • ...the physicist cannot simply surrender to the philosopher the critical contemplation of the theoretical foundations; for, he himself knows best, and feels more surely where the shoe pinches...Physical conceptions are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world.

    Science   Shoes   Mind  
  • All of modern physics is governed by that magnificent and thoroughly confusing discipline called quantum mechanics ... It has survived all tests and there is no reason to believe that there is any flaw in it. We all know how to use it and how to apply it to problems; and so we have learned to live with the fact that nobody can understand it.

  • Most 20th century academic physicists, and academia as a whole, simply did not want to touch the subject of consciousness. We have seen psychology grow up, and we've seen the development of neurophysiology and other much more sophisticated science, but only in the recent years have the tools of quantum mechanics been applied to anything representing human scale size.

    Source: www.edgemagazine.net
  • It's actually kind of weird that we can comprehend the law of gravity, or that we can understand quantum mechanics, enough at least to make computers.

    Law   Computer   Kind  
    Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
  • Bertrand Russell had given a talk on the then new quantum mechanics, of whose wonders he was most appreciative. He spoke hard and earnestly in the New Lecture Hall. And when he was done, Professor Whitehead, who presided, thanked him for his efforts, and not least for 'leaving the vast darkness of the subject unobscured'.

    J. Robert Oppenheimer (1947). “Physics in the Contemporary World”
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