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    The Same organizing forces that have shaped nature in all her forms are also responsible for the structure of our minds.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: nature  mind 
     
    It will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: truth 
     
    The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: reality 
     
    I believe that the existence of the classical "path" can be pregnantly formulated as follows: The "path" comes into existence only when we observe it.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: believe  existence 
     
    It was about three o'clock at night when the final result of the calculation [which gave birth to quantum mechanics] lay before me ... At first I was deeply shaken ... I was so excited that I could not think of sleep. So I left the house ... and awaited the sunrise on top of a rock.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: sleep  night  birth 
     
    You may object that by speaking of simplicity and beauty I am introducing aesthetic criteria of truth, and I frankly admit that I am strongly attracted by the simplicity and beauty of mathematical schemes which nature presents us. You must have felt this too: the almost frightening simplicity and wholeness of the relationship, which nature suddenly spreads out before us.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    ...separation of the observer from the phenomenon to be observed is no longer possible.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    The more precise the measurement of position, the more imprecise the measurement of momentum, and vice versa.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: precise 
     
    I think that modern physics has definitely decided in favor of Plato. In fact the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which can be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: language  facts  physics  ideas 
     
    There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    Looking at something changes it.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    The 'path' comes into existence only when we observe it.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: existence  path 
     
    Many people will tell you that an expert is someone who knows a great deal about the subject. To this I would object that one can never know much about any subject. I would much prefer the following definition: an expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in the subject, and how to avoid them.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: people  mistakes 
     
    Where no guiding ideals are left to point the way, the scale of values disappears and with it the meaning of our deeds and sufferings, and at the end can lie only negation and despair. Religion is therefore the foundation of ethics, and ethics the presupposition of life.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    "Uncertainty" is NOT "I don't know." It is "I can't know." "I am uncertain" does not mean "I could be certain."
    — Werner Heisenberg
    The reality we can put into words is never reality itself.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: reality 
     
    [T]he atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: world  facts  possibility 
     
    The more closely you look at one thing, the less closely can you see something else.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: universe 
     
    What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: nature 
     
    When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity ? And why turbulence ? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: believe  god 
     
    Only a few know, how much one must know to know how little one knows.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    Every word or concept, clear as it may seem to be, has only a limited range of applicability.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    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
    tags: facts 
     
    Nonsense. Space is blue and birds fly through it.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: space 
     
    Science no longer is in the position of observer of nature, but rather recognizes itself as part of the interplay between man and nature. The scientific method ... changes and transforms its object: the procedure can no longer keep its distance from the object.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: nature  men 
     
    We will have to abandon the philosophy of Democritus and the concept of elementary particles. We should accept instead the concept of elementary symmetries.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: philosophy 
     
    By getting to smaller and smaller units, we do not come to fundamental or indivisible units. But we do come to a point where further division has no meaning.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    Nature is made in such a way as to be able to be understood. Or perhaps I should put it-more correctly-the other way around, and say that we are made in such a way as to be able to understand Nature.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: nature 
     
    Thus, the more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known, and conversely.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    Every tool carries with it the spirit by which it has been created.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: spirit 
     
    Every experiment destroys some of the knowledge of the system which was obtained by previous experiments.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    In the strict formulation of the law of causality-if we know the present, we can calculate the future-it is not the conclusion that is wrong but the premise.On an implication of the uncertainty principle.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: present  law  wrong 
     
    What we observe is not nature itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning. Our scientific work in physics consists in asking questions about nature in the language that we possess and trying to get an answer from experiment by the means that are at our disposal.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    Therefore, the two processes, that of science and that of art, are not very different. Both science and art form in the course of the centuries a human language by which we can speak about the more remote parts of reality, and the coherent sets of concepts as well as the different styles of art are different words or groups of words in this language.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    The very act of observing disturbs the system.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves
    — Werner Heisenberg
    tags: nature 
     
    The positivists have a simple solution: the world must be divided into that which we can say clearly and the rest, which we had better pass over in silence. But can anyone conceive of a more pointless philosophy, seeing that what we can say clearly amounts to next to nothing? If we omitted all that is unclear, we would probably be left completely uninteresting and trivial tautologies.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    The ontology of materialism rested upon the illusion that the kind of existence, the direct "actuality" of the world around us, can be extrapolated into the atomic range. This extrapolation is impossible, however.
    — Werner Heisenberg
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    werner heisenberg
    Birth    : December 5, 1901
    Death  : February 1, 1976
    Occupation  : Physicist