Glen Mackie - Astronomy/Physics Prose/Poetry/Quotations Prose/Poetry/Quotations:

If only theorists would know what goes into an experimental data point and if only experimenters would know what goes into a theoretical calculation, they both would take each other much less serious.

Fritz Zwicky 1957, in Morphological Astronomy, Berlin - quoted in Ruth Durrer, astro-ph/0205101.

Three quarks for Muster Mark!

Sure he hasn't got much of a bark

And sure any he has it's all beside the mark

But O, Wreneagle Almighty, wouldn't un be a sky of a lark

To see that old buzzard whooping about for uns in the dark

And he hunting around for uns speckled trousers around by Palmerstown Park?

James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

If they existed, they would be here.

Enrico Fermi

The elements were cooked in less time than it takes to cook a dish of duck and roast potatoes.

George Gamow

I believe there are 15,747,724,136,275,002,577,605,653,961,181,555,468,044,717, 914,527,116,709,366,231,425,076,185,631,031,296 protons in the Universe and the same number of electrons.

A.S. Eddington

The future is not what it was.

B. Levin

Can we actually "know" the universe? My God, it's hard enough finding your way around in Chinatown.

Woody Allen

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Douglas Adams

When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.

Albert Einstein, The World as I See It.

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

Plato, The Republic

For me the loss of the steady-state theory has been a cause of great sadness. The steady-state theory has a sweep and beauty that for some unaccountable reason the architect of the universe appears to have overlooked. The universe is in fact a botched job, but I suppose we shall have to make the best of it.

Dennis Sciama, (as quoted in Wrinkles in Time, by George Smoot and Keay Davidson)

The definitive study of the herd instincts of astronomers has yet to be written, but there are times when we resemble nothing so much as a herd of antelope, heads down in tight formation, thundering with firm determination in a particular direction across the plain. At a given signal from the leader we whirl about, and, with equally firm determination, thunder off in a quite different direction, still in tight parallel formation.

Fernie J D, Fernie J D (1969) "The period-luminosity relation: a historical review." Publ. Astron. Society Pacific, vol. 81 p707-731.

Listen, there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go!

e.e. Cummings

As we look out into the Universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the Universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.

Freeman Dyson

Isn't it too much of a coincidence that the Earth is exactly 1 AU from the Sun and the Sun is exactly 1 solar mass?