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Werner Heisenberg
“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”
Werner Heisenberg, Across the Frontiers

Niels Bohr
“Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it.”
Niels Bohr, Essays 1932-1957 on Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge

Gilles Deleuze
“You never walk alone. Even the devil is the lord of flies.”
Gilles Deleuze

John Gribbin
“In the world of the very small, where particle and wave aspects of reality are equally significant, things do not behave in any way that we can understand from our experience of the everyday world...all pictures are false, and there is no physical analogy we can make to understand what goes on inside atoms. Atoms behave like atoms, nothing else.”
John Gribbin, In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality

Christophe Galfard
“When left alone, quantum particles behave as multiple images of themselves (as waves, really), simultaneously moving through all possible paths in space and time. Now, again, why do we not experience this multitude around ourselves? Is it because we are probing things around us all the time? Why do all experiments that involve, say, the position of a particle make the particle suddenly be somewhere rather than everywhere? No one knows. Before you probe it, a particle is a wave of possibilities. After you've probed it, it is somewhere, and subsequently it is somewhere for ever, rather than everywhere again. Strange, that. Nothing, within the laws of quantum physics, allows for such a collapse to happen. It is an experimental mystery and a theoretical one. Quantum physics stipulates that whenever something is there, it can transform into something else, of course, but it cannot disappear. And since quantum physics allows for multiple possibilities simultaneously, these possibilities should then keep existing, even after a measurement is made. But they don't. Every possibility but one vanishes. We do not see any of the others around us. We live in a classical world, where everything is based on quantum laws but nothing resembles the quantum world.”
Christophe Galfard, The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond

Harriet Reuter Hapgood
“The Uncertainty Principle states that you can know where a particle is, or you can know where it's going, but you can't know both at the same time. The same, it turns out, is true of people. And when you try, when you look too closely, you get the Observer Effect. By trying to work out what's going on, you're interfering with destiny. A particle can be in two places at once. A particle can interfere with its own past. It can have multiple futures, and multiple pasts. The universe is complicated.”
Harriet Reuter Hapgood, The Square Root of Summer

Richard Feynman
“CURIOSITY DEMANDS THAT WE ASK QUESTIONS,
THAT WE TRY TO PUT THINGS TOGETHER AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND THIS MULTITUDE OF ASPECTS
AS PERHAPS RESULTING FROM THE ACTION OF A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF ELEMENTAL
THINGS AND FORCES ACTING IN AN INFINITE VARIETY OF COMBINATIONS”
Richard P. Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vols 1-2

Christophe Galfard
“Quantum particles do not behave like tennis balls, but like the quantum particles they are. To get from one place to another, they take all the possible paths in space and time as long as these paths link their starting point to their end point. The particle [...] literally went everywhere. Simultaneously. To the left and to the right of the post. And through it. And outside the room. And into the future and back - until the moment when it hit a detector on the wall.”
Christophe Galfard, The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond

Dan Brown
“You’re telling me that CERN dug
out millions of tons of earth just to smash tiny particles?”
Kohler shrugged. “Sometimes to find truth, one must move mountains.”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

Christophe Galfard
“The very small quantum world, it seems, is a mixture of possibilities. The quantum fields to which all particles belong are the sum of these possibilities and, somehow, one possibility is chosen out of all the existing ones just by seeing it, just by the very act of detecting it, whenever one tries to probe a particle's nature. Nobody knows why or how this happens.”
Christophe Galfard, The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond

Philip Pullman
“Perhaps some particles move backwards in time; perhaps the future affects the past in some way we don't understand; or perhaps the universe is simply more aware than we are. There are many things we haven't yet learned how to read.”
Philip Pullman, Lyra's Oxford

Dan Brown
“the Z-particle Pure energy—no mass at all. It may well be the
smallest building block in nature. Matter is nothing but trapped energy.”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“She figured that the main problem in physics is physicists, that most of them are caught in a mind trap because they're so used to things being made of smaller things. So they instinctively believe that reality, at its most basic level, must be made up of and regulated by almost infinitely small elementary particles.”
Rajnar Vajra, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, 2013 January/February

Jazz Feylynn
“Hardened cement chunks languished on the ground. Gray dust particles spewed into every crevice. The homeless desired this place as a sheltered haven.”
Jazz Feylynn

Dan Brown
“Leonardo believed his research had the
potential to convert millions to a more spiritual life. Last year he categorically proved the existence of
an energy force that unites us all. He actually demonstrated that we are all physically connected… that
the molecules in your body are intertwined with the molecules in mine… that there is a single force
moving within all of us.” Langdon felt disconcerted. And the power of God shall unite us all. “Mr. Vetra actually found a way
to demonstrate that particles are connected?”
“Conclusive evidence. A recent Scientific American article hailed New Physics as a surer path to God
than religion itself.”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

Enock Maregesi
“Ndani ya sekunde moja baada ya ulimwengu wetu kuumbwa, miaka bilioni kumi na tatu nukta saba tano iliyopita, chembe zote ndogo zinazopatikana ndani ya atomu zilitengenezwa. Zote hizo zimeshapatikana isipokuwa 'Higgs Boson', na 'Higgs Boson' ndiyo ya muhimu kuliko zote.”
Enock Maregesi

Dan Brown
“I’m relieved to see
that even brilliant physicists make mistakes.”
Kohler looked over. “What do you mean?”
“Whoever wrote that note made a mistake. That column isn’t Ionic. Ionic columns are uniform in width. That one’s tapered. It’s Doric—the Greek counterpart. A common mistake.”
Kohler did not smile. “The author meant it as a joke, Mr. Langdon. Ionic means containing ions—electrically charged particles. Most objects contain them.”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons