Thursday

Physics & Creation


 

Quotes From The Great Physicists...
These too are creation stories!

"I am a scientist: I trace the lines that come from God."
(Einstein, letter to Gandhi)

"The cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research." (Einstein)

"The most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being." (Isaac Newton)

"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)

"I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness." (Max Planck)
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)
"God forever does geometry." (Plato, according to Plutarch).

"Nature's great book is written in mathematical language". (Gallileo)

"Modern physics has definitely decided for Plato. For the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense of the word; they are forms, or in Plato's sense, Ideas, which can be unambiguously spoken of only in the language of mathematics." (Werner Heisenberg)

"The Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician... The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine." (Sir James Jeans, early founder of Quantum Theory)

".... a world created out of pure intelligence." (Sir James Jeans)

"All through the physical world runs that unknown content which must surely be the stuff of our consciousness.... The stuff of the world is mind-stuff." ( (Sir Arthur Eddington, early founders of Quantum Theory and president of the Royal Academy of Science - and a Quaker)

"I assert that the nature of all reality is spiritual, not material nor a dualism of matter and spirit... I contemplate a spiritual domain underlying the physical world." (Arthur Eddington)

"Everything we call real is made out of things that cannot be regarded as real." (Nobel Prize physicist Niels Bohr, speaking of how all material particles arise from quantum fluctuations of a pure empty vacuum)

"The next revolution in physics will occur when the properties of mind will be included in the equations of quantum theory." (Eugene Wigner)

“For those of us who believe in physics, this separation between past, present and future is only an illusion.” (Einstein)

"The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist." (Erwin Schrodinger, one of the founders of modern physics, who also had a great interest in Vedanta, ancient Indian philosophy, which dissolves the subject-object dualism.)

"The universe does not exist out there, independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange sense, this is a participatory universe." (John Wheeler)

"There is nothing in the world except empty curved space. Matter, charge, electromagnetism, and other fields are only manifestations of the curvature of space." (John Wheeler)

"Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful, that when we grasp it we will all say to each other, how could it have been otherwise? How could we have been so stupid?"(John Wheeler)

"If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.(John Wheeler)
John Wheeler, who died in 1995, was one of the 20th Century's most important teachers of physics, at Princeton and the University of Texas.

"The cosmos is also within us. We are made of stars. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." (Carl Sagan)

"If you want to make an apple pie, you first have to create the universe." (Carl Sagan) 


"The changing of bodies into light and light into bodies is very comfortable to the course of nature, which seems delighted with transmutations." ~Isaac Newton (who considered himself not only a scientist, but an alchemist)

"The vacuum of physics contains in its faculties everything that the laws of nature will permit. It fluctuates - the virtual particles come and go. The only thing they are missing is the energy it would take to make them appear as real particles. All that can appear in reality must be present as a possibility - as a state of virtual particles - in the vacuum. Add energy to the vacuum and those virtual states may appear as particles." (Henning Genz) *

"The physical vacuum... carries within itself the possibilities of everything that can exist in the physical world. Once we attain true knowledge of the vacuum, we will have a comprehensive knowledge of everything, including the laws of nature. It is as in the thinking of the ancient philosophers. The knowledge of the void, the "nothing," is intimately connected with the knowledge of the "something."... We take it as a matter of course that empty space is not really empty." (Henning Genz) *

LINK: Great Physicists Who Studied Vedic Literature of India
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* Henning Genz, Nothingness: The Science of Empty Space, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, Mass. 1998 (Genz is professor of theoretical physics at University of Karlsruhe, Germany)