Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE (www.oxfordreference.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 01 December 2021

Niels Bohr 1885–1962
Danish physicist 

  1. Of course not, but I am told it works even if you don't believe in it.
    when asked whether he really believed a horseshoe hanging over his door would bring him luck, c.1930
    A. Pais Inward Bound (1986)
  2. An expert is a person who has found out by his own painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field.
    attributed by Edward Teller in Life 6 September 1954
  3. We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.
    on a lecture on a theory of elementary particles given by Wolfgang Pauli in New York, c. 1957–8, in Scientific American vol. 199, no. 3, 1958
  4. Anybody who is not shocked by this subject has failed to understand it.
    of quantum mechanics
    attributed; in Nature 23 August 1990
  5. Never express yourself more clearly than you think.
    Abraham Pais Einstein Lived Here (1994)
  6. One of the favourite maxims of my father was the distinction between the two sorts of truths, profound truths recognized by the fact that the opposite is also a profound truth, in contrast to trivialities where opposites are obviously absurd.
    S. Rozental Niels Bohr (1967)
  7. Predictions can be very difficult—especially about the future.
    H. Rosovsky The University: An Owners Manual (1991)