•   Loading... Please wait
  • Search
      Authors  

    abraham pais Quotes

    Once I even took the train to Utrecht, forty miles from Amsterdam, with my yellow star, this star which I still have. Why did I go? I just wanted to visit some friends. I was a little bit crazy, a little bit insane.
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: friends  star  crazy 
     
    The rule of the game was never assume that anybody, however honorable, would be able to stand up under torture. If Mr. X, who knew where I was, was caught for some reason, I should move.
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: rules  games 
     
    Of course, relative citation frequencies are no measure of relative importance. Who has not aspired to write a paper so fundamental that very soon it is known to everyone and cited by no one?
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: write  fundamental 
     
    There is not a soul on Earth who can read the deluge of physics publications in its entirety. As a result, it is sad but true that physics has irretrievably fallen apart from a cohesive to a fragmented discipline. ... It was not that long ago that people were complaining about two cultures. If we only had it that good. today.
    — Abraham Pais
    One of the absolute rules I learned in the war was, don't know anything you don't need to know, because if you ever get caught they will get it out of you.
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: rules  war 
     
    One of the things I learned, one of the strangest things, is how to think. There was nothing else to do. I couldn't see people, or go for a walk in the forest. All I had was my head and my books, and I thought a lot.
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: people  thoughts  book 
     
    I spent every night until four in the morning on my dissertation, until I came to the point when I could not write another word, not even the next letter. I went to bed. Eight o'clock the next morning I was up writing again.
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: night  writing  write 
     
    A number of current theoretical explorations will turn out to be passing fancies...
    — Abraham Pais
    To make a discovery is not necessarily the same as to understand a discovery. Not only Planck but also other physicists were intially at a loss as to what the proper context of the new postulate really was.
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: loss  discovery 
     
    Deliberately or not, every author is of course present in every book he or she writes - even in a scientific text.
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: present  book  write  author 
     
    I knew all the time I was going to get through the war. It was completely irrational, a silly idea, but I was not going to lie down and get myself killed. I was going to get out of it.
    — Abraham Pais
    tags: time  lies  war  ideas 
     
  •   Loading... Please wait
  • Search

    Related Authors