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Quotations 7-19-2000

The Universe's Unseen Dimensions
Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos and Georgi Dvali
Our whole universe may sit on a membrane floating in a higher-dimensional space. Extra dimensions might explain why gravity is so weak and could be the key to unifying all the forces of nature. http://www.sciam.com/2000/0800issue/0800quicksummary.html EINSTEIN: "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" "All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom." "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." "Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality". "Two things inspire me to awe -- the starry heavens above and the moral universe within ." "Watch the stars, and from them learn. To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground." -- translation by Dave Fredrick "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. "The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books---a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects." "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity." "What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of "humility." This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism" "When a blind beetle crawls over the surface of the globe, he doesn't realize that the track he has covered is curved. I was lucky enough to have spotted it." "I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive." "It's not that I'm so smart , it's just that I stay with problems longer ." "If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber." Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." "When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods." "When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." "The only source of knowledge is experience" "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity." "The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat." "The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." "Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people ." "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of others ." "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler." "Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift." "Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing." "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18. "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." "Strange is our Situation Here Upon Earth" "Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts." "If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor." "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." "I never think of the future. It comes soon enough." "Force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels." "If A equals success, then the formula is: A=X+Y+Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut." "Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value." "Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age." "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." "The faster you go, the shorter you are." "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." [Albert Einstein, "Religion and Science", New York Times Magazine, 9 November 1930] "It is only to the individual that a soul is given." "When you are constantly moving forward, searching for the cutting edge, everyone behind you always believes you have gone too far. The further back from the cutting edge they are, the more extreme and, indeed, insane, you appear, to them, to be. In this way, one person's "madness" can be another's commonsense." - David Icke - "You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe." "You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes." "Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground." Anonymous Ghandi : "Even if you are in a minority of one, the truth is still the truth".