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An ordinary mistake is one that leads to a dead end, while a profound mistake is one that leads to progress. Anyone can make an ordinary mistake, but it takes a genius to make a profound mistake.
If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that is a big mistake.
In physics, you don't have to go around making trouble for yourself- nature does it for you.
In physics, your solution should convince a reasonable person. In math, you have to convince a person who's trying to make trouble. Ultimately, in physics, you're hoping to convince Nature. And I've found Nature to be pretty reasonable.
In science... the ultimate judges are not experts but experiments.
Knowing how to calculate something is not the same as understanding it.
Quite undeservedly, the ether has acquired a bad name.
The answer to the ancient question 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' would then be that 'nothing' is unstable.
The brain rewards us for interacting with beautiful things. In this way, evolution wants to encourage us to do what is good for us.
When religion talks about our aspirations and our sense of morality, I do not believe that science can contradict it. However, when religion contradicts science on matters of fact, religion must yield.
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