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"General relativity just relaxes me."
—Harry Ringermacher, General Electric, on his hobby, the Times Union (Albany, NY), December 12, 2004
"A shuttle servicing mission is the best option for extending the life of the Hubble telescope. It is highly unlikely that the science life of Hubble would be extended with a robotic mission."
—Louis J. Lanzerotti, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The New York Times, December 9, 2004
"This is a victory for freedom of speech."
—Marc Brodsky, American Institute of Physics, on the government's announcement that it would allow publishers to engage in publishing activities with people in Cuba, Iran, and Sudan, Associated Press, December 15, 2004
"The fact that we can design satellites and space shuttles that don't come crashing back to Earth is because we take special relativity into account."
—Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Times-Picayune (New Orleans), January 2, 2005
"String theory is not like anything else ever discovered. It is an incredible panoply of ideas about math and physics, so vast, so rich you could say almost anything about it."
—Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, The New York Times, December 7, 2004
"We bemoan the fact that Einstein spent the last 30 years of his life on a fruitless quest, but we think it's fine if a thousand theorists spend 30 years of their prime on the same quest."
—Lawrence Krauss, Case Western Reserve University, on string theory, The New York Times, December 7, 2004
"If it were 30 light years away, this would go beyond being an exciting event and would be on the borderline of being in trouble."
—Robert Kirshner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, on the possibility of a supernova going off in our galaxy, The Boston Globe, December 21, 2004
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