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April 1999 (Volume 8, Number 4)

Quoteworthy Science

"X rays. Their moral is this: that a right way of looking at things will see through almost anything."
Samuel Butler, British writer (1835-1902)

"There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down error instead of establishing the truth."
Marie Curie, Polish chemist/physicist

"For the rest of my life, I will reflect on what light is."
Albert Einstein, German-American physicist. (C. 1917)

"One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility."
Albert Einstein

"[The wave-particle view of physics is like a struggle] between a tiger and a shark: each is supreme in his own element but helpless in that of the other."
-J.J. Thomson, British physicist (1925)

"I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (1945)

"In some sort of crude sense... the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose."
J. Robert Oppenheimer (1947)

"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."
Werner Karl Heisenberg, German physicist (1958)

"All that glisters may not be gold, but at least it contains free electrons."
John Desmond Bernal, British X-ray crystallographer and author (1960)

"[The wave-particle duality] is absolutely impossible to explain in any classical way.... [It] has in it the heart of quantum mechanics... it contains the only mystery."
Richard Feynman, American physicist (1966, 1985)

"Basic research is like shooting an arrow into the air and, where it lands, painting a target."
Homer Adkins (1984)

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April 1999 (Volume 8, Number 4)

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Mass Media Fellows Reflect on Internship Experience
Style and Substance Characterize APS Centennial Celebration
International News: Dakar Workshop Fosters Research Collaborations in Africa
Yale Olympics Show Students That Physics Can Be Fun
APS Resolution Urges Amending Data Access Law
Festival Spotlight: Teaching the Science Behind the Magic
Prominent Physicists of the 20th Century
In Brief
APS Views
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Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
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