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"I'm really fascinated by the parallels between quantum theory and the teachings of some of these ancient texts. So many of the things that quantum physicists are talking about today, like nonlocality and the observer effect, are things the yogis have been saying for thousands of years."

*Beryl Bender Birch*. IMG

"You have nothing to do but mention the quantum theory, and people will take your voice for the voice of science, and belive anything."

*George Bernard Shaw*. IMG

"For the most part, quantum theory has been of little practical value in my life."

*Jenny Diski*. IMG

"When you look at a vacuum in a quantum theory of fields, it isn't exactly nothing."

*Peter Higgs*. IMG

"And anyone who thinks they can talk about quantum theory without feeling dizzy hasn't yet understood the first thing about it."

*Niels Bohr*. IMG

"There's far more truth in the Book of Genesis than in the quantum theory."

*Malcolm Muggeridge*. IMG

"Quantum theory also tells us that the world is not simply objective; somehow it's something more subtle than that. In some sense it is veiled from us, but it has a structure that we can understand."

*John Polkinghorne*. IMG

"Quantum theory provides us with a striking illustration of the fact that we can fully understand a connection though we can only speak of it in images and parables."

*Werner Heisenberg*. IMG

"The girl I find who wants to talk about quantum theory in a bar is the one I want to marry."

*Brandon Boyd*. IMG

"Classical physics has been superseded by quantum theory: quantum theory is verified by experiments. Experiments must be described in terms of classical physics."

*Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker*. IMG

"I like to think the moon is there even if I am not looking at it."

*Albert Einstein*. IMG

"The great revelation of the quantum theory was that features of discreteness were discovered in the Book of Nature, in a context in which anything other than continuity seemed to be absurd according to the views held until then."

*Erwin Schrodinger*. IMG

"Physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky action at a distance."

*Walter Isaacson*. IMG

"If all this damned quantum jumping were really here to stay, I should be sorry, I should be sorry I ever got involved with quantum theory."

*Erwin Schrodinger*. IMG

"Despite the unrivaled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension, and even anger."

*David Deutsch*. IMG

"The revolution which began with the creation of quantum theory and relativity theory can only be finished with their unification into a single theory that can give us a single, comprehensive picture of nature."

*Lee Smolin*. IMG

"In Einstein's theory of relativity the observer is a man who sets out in quest of truth armed with a measuring-rod. In quantum theory he sets out with a sieve."

*Arthur Eddington*. IMG

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

*Albert Einstein*. IMG

"The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks"

*Albert Einstein*. IMG

"Belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science."

*Albert Einstein*. IMG

"I like relativity and quantum theories because I don't understand them and they make me feel as if space shifted about like a swan that can't settle, refusing to sit still and be measured; and as if the atom were an impulsive thing always changing its mind."

*D H Lawrence*. IMG

"A person who wasn't outraged on first hearing about quantum theory didn't understand what had been said."

*Niels Bohr*. IMG

"In Darwin's theory, you just have to substitute 'mutations' for his 'slight accidental variations' (just as quantum theory substitutes 'quantum jump' for 'continuous transfer of energy'). In all other respects little change was necessary in Darwin's theory..."

*Erwin Schrodinger*. IMG

"It is more important to have beauty in one's equations than to have them fit experiment."

*Paul Dirac*. IMG

"If we are going t stick to this damned quantum-jumping, then I regret that I ever had anything to do with quantum theory."

*Erwin Schrodinger*. IMG

"You know that, according to quantum theory, if two particles collide with enough energy you can, in principle, with an infinitesimal probability, produce two grand pianos."

*Isidor Isaac Rabi*. IMG

"But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes."

*Antonin Artaud*. IMG

"I did my masters in elementary particles. But the foundations of elementary particles is quantum theory and there were too many conceptual problems around quantum theory that I couldn't live with. So I decided I was going to work on the foundations of quantum theory. That's what I did my Ph.D on."

*Vandana Shiva*. IMG

"If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet."

*Niels Bohr*. IMG

"The mathematical framework of quantum theory has passed countless successful tests and is now universally accepted as a consistent and accurate description of all atomic phenomena."

*Erwin Schrodinger*. IMG

"Bell's theorem...proves that quantum theory requires connections that appear to resemble telepathic communication."

*Gary Zukav*. IMG

"On quantum theory I use up more brain grease (rough translation of German idiom) than on relativity."

*Albert Einstein*. IMG

"It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct."

*Michio Kaku*. IMG

"It is a remarkable fact that the second law of thermodynamics has played in the history of science a fundamental role far beyond its original scope. Suffice it to mention Boltzmann's work on kinetic theory, Planck's discovery of quantum theory or Einstein's theory of spontaneous emission, which were all based on the second law of thermodynamics."

*Ilya Prigogine*. IMG

"I cannot seriously believe in it [quantum theory] because the theory cannot be reconciled with the idea that physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance [spukhafte Fernwirkungen]."

*Albert Einstein*. IMG

"It would take a civilization far more advanced than ours, unbelievably advanced, to begin to manipulate negative energy to create gateways to the past. But if you could obtain large quantities of negative energy-and that's a big "IF"-then you could create a time machine that apparently obeys Einstein's equation and perhaps the laws of quantum theory."

*Michio Kaku*. IMG

"When asked ... [about] an underlying quantum world, Bohr would answer, 'There is no quantum world. There is only an abstract quantum physical description. It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about Nature.'"

*Niels Bohr*. IMG

"You know how it always is, every new idea, it takes a generation or two until it becomes obvious that there's no real problem. I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."

*Richard P Feynman*. IMG

"Niels Bohr brainwashed a whole generation of theorists into thinking that the job (interpreting quantum theory) was done 50 years ago."

*Murray Gell-Mann*. IMG

"Quantum theory was split up into dialects. Different people describe the same experiences in remarkably different languages. This is confusing even to physicists."

*David Finkelstein*. IMG

"By far the most important consequence of the conceptual revolution brought about in physics by relativity and quantum theory lies not in such details as that meter sticks shorten when they move or that simultaneous position and momentum have no meaning, but in the insight that we had not been using our minds properly and that it is important to find out how to do so."

*Percy Williams Bridgman*. IMG

"?By 2100, our destiny is to become like the gods we once worshipped and feared. But our tools will not be magic wands and potions but the science of computers, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and most of all, the quantum theory."

*Michio Kaku*. IMG

"Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world."

*Albert Einstein*. IMG

"When the province of physical theory was extended to encompass microscopic phenomena through the creation of quantum mechanics, the concept of consciousness came to the fore again. It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness."

*Eugene Wigner*. IMG

"The quantum theory of parallel universes is not the problem, it is the solution. It is not some troublesome, optional interpretation emerging from arcane theoretical considerations. It is the explanation, the only one that is tenable, of a remarkable and counter-intuitive reality."

*David Deutsch*. IMG

"[When thinking about the new relativity and quantum theories] I have felt a homesickness for the paths of physical science where there are ore or less discernible handrails to keep us from the worst morasses of foolishness."

*Arthur Eddington*. IMG

"I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can't conceive. Just as a chimpanzee can't understand quantum theory, it could be there as aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains They could be staring us in the face and we just Don't recognise them. The problem is that we-re looking for something very much like us, assuming that they at least have something like the same mathematics and technology."

*Martin Rees*. IMG

"Quantum mechanics, that brilliantly successful flagship theory of modern science, is deeply mysterious and hard to understand. Eastern mystics have always been deeply mysterious and hard to understand. Therefore, Eastern mystics must have been talking about quantum theory all along."

*Richard Dawkins*. IMG

"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."

*Fritjof Capra*. IMG

"By 2100, our destiny is to become like the gods we once worshipped and feared. But our tools will not be magic wands and potions but the science of computers, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and most of all, the quantum theory."

*Michio Kaku*. IMG

"My training in science is actually one that is very critical of mechanistic science. I was trained in quantum theory which emerged at the turn of the last century. We are a whole century behind in absorbing the leaps that quantum theory made for the human mind."

*Vandana Shiva*. IMG

"The very nature of the quantum theory ... forces us to regard the space-time coordination and the claim of causality, the union of which characterizes the classical theories, as complementary but exclusive features of the description, symbolizing the idealization of observation and description, respectively."

*Niels Bohr*. IMG

"Science may be weird and incomprehensible-more weird and less comprehensible than any theology-but science works. It gets results. It can fly you to Saturn, slingshotting you around Venus and Jupiter on the way. We may not understand quantum theory (heaven knows, I don't), but a theory that predicts the real world to ten decimal places cannot in any straightforward sense be wrong."

*Richard Dawkins*. IMG

"Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it."

*Niels Bohr*. IMG

"It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we say about Nature."

*Niels Bohr*. IMG

"The Theory of Relativity confers an absolute meaning on a magnitude which in classical theory has only a relative significance: the velocity of light. The velocity of light is to the Theory of Relativity as the elementary quantum of action is to the Quantum Theory: it is its absolute core."

*Max Planck*. IMG

"The mathematical framework of quantum theory has passed countless successful tests and is now universally accepted as a consistent and accurate description of all atomic phenomena. The verbal interpretation, on the other hand - i.e., the metaphysics of quantum theory - is on far less solid ground. In fact, in more than forty years physicists have not been able to provide a clear metaphysical model."

*Fritjof Capra*. IMG

"The incomplete knowledge of a system must be an essential part of every formulation in quantum theory. Quantum theoretical laws must be of a statistical kind. To give an example: we know that the radium atom emits alpha-radiation. Quantum theory can give us an indication of the probability that the alpha-particle will leave the nucleus in unit time, but it cannot predict at what precise point in time the emission will occur, for this is uncertain in principle."

*Werner Heisenberg*. IMG

"There was a time when the newspapers said that only twelve men understood the theory of relativity. I do not believe there ever was such a time ... On the other hand, I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics."

*Richard P Feynman*. IMG

"A successful unification of quantum theory and relativity would necessarily be a theory of the universe as a whole. It would tell us, as Aristotle and Newton did before, what space and time are, what the cosmos is, what things are made of, and what kind of laws those things obey. Such a theory will bring about a radical shift - a revolution - in our understanding of what nature is. It must also have wide repercussions, and will likely bring about, or contribute to, a shift in our understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the rest of the universe."

*Lee Smolin*. IMG

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