Leon Lederman

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Leon Lederman

Leon Lederman

Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science is not about status quo. It's about revolution.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Particle physics suffers more from being infected by the socio-political mood of the day than from lack of spectacular opportunities for major and profound discoveries.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I sometimes think about the tower at Pisa as the first particle accelerator, a (nearly) vertical linear accelerator that Galileo used in his studies.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Neutrinos ... win the minimalist contest: zero charge, zero radius, and very possibly zero mass.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Experimenters don’t come in late—they never went home.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My children have often asked me why I never received a Nobel Prize. I used to tell them it was because the Nobel committee couldn’t make up its mind which of my projects to recognize.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The real goal of physics is to come up with an equation that could explain the universe but still be small enough to fit on a T-shirtMore Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The history of atomism is one of reductionism – the effort to reduce all the operations of nature to a small number of laws governing a small number of primordial objects.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Democritus's work on the void was revolutionary.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
He [Democritus] is probably best known for two of the most scientifically intuitive quotes ever uttered by an ancient: 'Nothing exists except atoms and space, everything else is opinion'.....More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Where do we stand today compared to Greece circa 400 B.C.? Today's experiment-driven 'standard model' is not all that dissimilar to Democritus's speculative [sic] atomic theory.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The British philosopher Bertrand Russell said that philosophy went downhill after Democritus and did not recover until the Renaissance.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ...More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
By the grace of AEC, BNL, God, Green and Hayworth (alphabetical order), we should see neutrinos.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I started out as a molecules kid. In high school and early college I loved chemistry, but I gradually shifted toward physics, which seemed cleaner - odorless, in fact.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We hope to explain the entire universe in a single, simple formula that you can wear on your T-shirt.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Those who do not stop asking silly questions become scientists.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm so old I can remember when the Dead Sea was only sick.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I talk about the pain and hardship of a scientist's life, I'm speaking of more than existential angst. Galileo's work was condemned by the Church; Madame Curie paid with her life, a victim of leukemia wrought by radiation poisoning. Too many of us develop cataracts. None of us gets enough sleep. Most of what we know about the universe we know thanks to a lot of guys (and ladies) who stayed up late at night.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Theorists tend to peak at an early age; the creative juices tend to gush very early and start drying up past the age of fifteen-or so it seems. They need to know just enough; when they're young they haven't accumulated the intellectual baggage.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One of the major ingredients for professional success in science is luck. Without this, forget it.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science should have no less lofty a goal. My ambition is to live to see all of physics reduced to a formula so elegant and simple that it will fit easily on the front of a T-shirt.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The sequence of theorist, experimenter, and discovery has occasionally been compared to the sequence of farmer, pig, truffle. The farmer leads the pig to an area where there might be truffles. The pig searches diligently for the truffles. Finally, he locates one, and just as he is about to devour it, the farmer snatches it away.More Leon Lederman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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