Quotations for Physics Exams

I like putting a quotation on the top of my exams – sometimes on the top of labs I write too. Here are some of the quotations I’ve used or have thought about using. They are sometimes profound, and sometimes ridiculous.

“Physics is very muddled again at the moment; it is much too hard for me anyway, and I wish I were a movie comedian or something like that and had never heard anything about physics!” ~Wolfgang Pauli in 1925. In 1945, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

“Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.” ~Sir Arthur Eddington

“Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.” ~Blaise Pascal

“That there should exist anything at all, let alone a universe as complex and orderly as ours, is exceedingly strange.” ~Richard Swinburne

“It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge what energy is.” ~Richard Feynman

“I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know his thoughts. The rest are details.” ~Albert Einstein

“There are secrets that we still have left to find
There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
There are answers we’re not wise enough to see”
~Five for Fighting, The Riddle

“Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.”~Dave Barry

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