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    Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: time  nature 
     
    No phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: real 
     
    It was the defining event and remains a thousand degrees hot.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange sense this is aparticipatory universe.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: universe 
     
    Now is the time for everyone who believes in the rule of reason to speak up against pathological science and its purveyors.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: time  believe  rules 
     
    It is my opinion that everything must be based on a simple idea. And it is my opinion that this idea, once we have finally discovered it, will be so compelling, so beautiful, that we will say to one another, yes, how could it have been any different.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: beautiful  opinion  ideas 
     
    Of all heroes , Spinoza was Einstein 's greatest. No one expressed more strongly then he a belief in the harmony , the beauty , and most of all the ultimate comprehensibility of nature .
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: beauty  belief  nature  hero  harmony 
     
    There are many modes of thinking about the world around us and our place in it. I like to consider all the angles from which we might gain perspective on our amazing universe and the nature of existence.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    It from Bit symbolizes the idea that every item of the physical world has at bottom an immaterial source and explanation... that all things physical are information-theoretic in origin and that this is a participatory universe.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: world  universe  ideas 
     
    In order to more fully understand this reality, we must take into account other dimensions of a broader reality.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: reality 
     
    The observer cannot be left out of the description of the observation.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    We will first understand how simple the universe is when we recognize how strange it is.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: universe 
     
    The job of a theoretical physicist is to make mistakes as fast as possible .
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: mistakes  job 
     
    No space, no time, no gravity, no electromagnetism, no particles. Nothing. We are back where Plato, Aristotle and Parmenides struggled with the great questions: How Come the Universe, How Come Us, How Come Anything? But happily also we have around the answer to these questions. That's us.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    To hate is to study, to study is to understand, to understand is to appreciate, to appreciate is to love. So maybe I'll end up loving your theory.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: hate  loving  appreciate 
     
    '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?
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: men  universe 
     
    I like to think that someone will trace how the deepest thinking of India made its way to Greece and from there to the philosophy of our times
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    The universe gives birth to consciousness, and consciousness gives meaning to the universe.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: meaning  birth  universe 
     
    We all know that the real reason universities have students is in order to educate the professors.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: real  university 
     
    Spacetime tells matter how to move; matter tells spacetime how to curve.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: live  ignorance 
     
    Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: time 
     
    Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful, that when we grasp it - in a decade, a century, or a millennium - we will all say to each other, how could it have been otherwise? How could we have been so stupid?
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: beautiful  ideas 
     
    In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    This is *our* Universe, our museum of wonder and beauty, our cathedral.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: beauty  wonder  universe 
     
    The laws of physics that we regard as 'sacred,' as immutable, are anything but.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: law  sacred  physics 
     
    I like to say, when asked why I pursue science, that it is to satisfy my curiosity, that I am by nature a searcher trying to understand. If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: nature  curiosity 
     
    One can only learn by teaching.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: learn  teaching 
     
    Surely where there's smoke there's fire? No, where there's so much smoke there's smoke.
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: smoke 
     
    Every heat engineer knows he can design his heat engine reliably and accurately on the foundation of the second law [of thermodynamics]. Run alongside one of the molecules, however, and ask it what it thinks of the second law. It will laugh at us. It never heard of the second law. It does what it wants. All the same, a collection of billions upon billions of such molecules obeys the second law with all the accuracy one could want
    — John Archibald Wheeler
    tags: law 
     
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    john archibald wheeler
    Birth    : July 9, 1911
    Death  : April 13, 2008
    Occupation  : Physicist