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    An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature and a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer.
    — Max Planck
    tags: nature  questions 
     
    New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.
    — Max Planck
    The entire world we apprehend through our senses is no more than a tiny fragment in the vastness of Nature.
    — Max Planck
    tags: nature  world 
     
    There is no matter as such-mind is the matrix of all matter.
    — Max Planck
    This is one of man's oldest riddles. How can the independence of human volition be harmonized with the fact that we are integral parts of a universe which is subject to the rigid order of nature's laws?
    — Max Planck
    Truth never triumphs-its opponents just die out.
    — Max Planck
    tags: truth  die 
     
    Science advances one funeral at a time.
    — Max Planck
    tags: time 
     
    Thus, the photons which constitute a ray of light behave like intelligent human beings: out of all possible curves they always select the one which will take them most quickly to their goal.
    — Max Planck
    tags: human  goal 
     
    It was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.
    — Max Planck
    tags: soul  age  religious 
     
    The scientist needs an artistically creative imagination.
    — Max Planck
    Whence come I and whither go I? That is the great unfathomable question, the same for every one of us. Science has no answer to it.
    — Max Planck
    tags: questions 
     
    In all my research I have never come across matter. To me the term matter implies a bundle of energy which is given form by an intelligent spirit.
    — Max Planck
    tags: energy  spirit  research 
     
    Modern physics has taught us that the nature of any system cannot be discovered by dividing it into its component parts and studying each part by itself... We must keep our attention fixed on the whole and on the interconnection between the parts. The same is true of our intellectual life. It is impossible to make a clear cut between science, religion, and art. The whole is never equal simply to the sum of its various parts.
    — Max Planck
    There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other.
    — Max Planck
    tags: real 
     
    A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
    — Max Planck
    tags: truth  die 
     
    Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: 'Ye must have faith.'
    — Max Planck
    tags: work  faith 
     
    Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.
    — Max Planck
    tags: nature  mystery 
     
    I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.
    — Max Planck
    tags: fundamental 
     
    All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.
    — Max Planck
    What seems today inconceivable will appear one day, from a higher stand point, quite simple and harmonious.
    — Max Planck
    Experimenters are the shock troops of science.
    — Max Planck
    It is never possible to predict a physical occurrence with unlimited precision.
    — Max Planck
    A new scientific truth is usually not propagated in such a way that opponents become convinced and discard their previous views. No, the adversaries eventually die off, and the upcoming generation is familiarised anew with the truth.
    — Max Planck
    tags: truth  die 
     
    Religion belongs to the realm that is inviolable before the law of causation and therefore closed to science.
    — Max Planck
    tags: law 
     
    We cannot rest and sit down lest we rust and decay. Health is maintained only through work. And as it is with all life so it is with science. We are always struggling from the relative to the absolute.
    — Max Planck
    tags: health  work 
     
    The highest court is in the end one's own conscience and conviction-that goes for you and for Einstein and every other physicist-and before any science there is first of all belief. For me, it is belief in a complete lawfulness in everything that happens.
    — Max Planck
    tags: belief  conscience 
     
    Science enhances the moral value of life, because it furthers a love of truth and reverence-love of truth displaying itself in the constant endeavor to arrive at a more exact knowledge of the world of mind and matter around us, and reverence, because every advance in knowledge brings us face to face with the mystery of our own being.
    — Max Planck
    tags: truth  world  mystery  value  mind  morals 
     
    Ego is the immediate dictate of human consciousness.
    — Max Planck
    tags: human  ego 
     
    There is a real world independent of our senses; the laws of nature were not invented by man, but forced on him by the natural world. They are the expression of a natural world order.
    — Max Planck
    tags: nature  men  world  law  real 
     
    Religion and natural science are fighting a joint battle in an incessant, never-relaxing crusade against skepticism and dogmatism, against disbelief and against superstition, and the rallying cry in this crusade has always been, and will always be, 'On to God.'
    — Max Planck
    tags: fighting  battle  god 
     
    We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up until now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.
    — Max Planck
    tags: future  law  right 
     
    A scientist is happy, not in resting on his attainments but in the steady acquisition of fresh knowledge.
    — Max Planck
    tags: scientist 
     
    The pioneer scientist must have "a vivid intuitive imagination, for new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by artistically creative imagination."
    — Max Planck
    Those [scientists] who dislike entertaining contradictory thoughts are unlikely to enrich their science with new ideas.
    — Max Planck
    tags: thoughts  ideas 
     
    The man who cannot occasionally imagine events and conditions of existence that are contrary to the causal principle as he knows it will never enrich his science by the addition of a new idea.
    — Max Planck
    tags: men  existence  ideas  imagine 
     
    Experiment is the only means of knowledge at our disposal. Everything else is poetry, imagination.
    — Max Planck
    Nature prefers the more probable states to the less probable because in nature processes take place in the direction of greater probability. Heat goes from a body at higher temperature to a body at lower temperature because the state of equal temperature distribution is more probable than a state of unequal temperature distribution.
    — Max Planck
    tags: nature  body  process 
     
    No burden is so heavy for a man to bear as a succession of happy days.
    — Max Planck
    tags: men 
     
    The assumption of an absolute determinism is the essential foundation of every scientific enquiry.
    — Max Planck
    Physical changes take place continuously, while chemical changes take place discontinuously. Physics deals chiefly with continuous varying quantities, while chemistry deals chiefly with whole numbers.
    — Max Planck
    tags: physics  quantity 
     
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    max planck
    Birth    : April 23, 1858
    Death  : October 4, 1947
    Occupation  : Physicist