john archibald wheeler Quotes

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
No phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
Now is the time for everyone who believes in the rule of reason to speak up against pathological science and its purveyors.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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 .
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
In order to more fully understand this reality, we must take into account other dimensions of a broader reality.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
The job of a theoretical physicist is to make mistakes as fast as possible .
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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.
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— 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.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
'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?
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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
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— John Archibald Wheeler
The universe gives birth to consciousness, and consciousness gives meaning to the universe.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
We all know that the real reason universities have students is in order to educate the professors.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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?
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
The laws of physics that we regard as 'sacred,' as immutable, are anything but.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
One can only learn by teaching.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
Surely where there's smoke there's fire? No, where there's so much smoke there's smoke.
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— John Archibald Wheeler
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
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— John Archibald Wheeler
john archibald wheeler
Birth    : July 9, 1911
Death  : April 13, 2008
Occupation  : Physicist