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Артур Стэнли Эддингтон

Дата рождения: 28. Декабрь 1882
Дата смерти: 22. Ноябрь 1944
Другие имена: Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, Sir Arthur Eddington

А́ртур Стэ́нли Э́ддингтон — английский астрофизик.

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„Ничего нет более простого, чем звезда.“

„An ocean traveler has even more vividly the impression that the ocean is made of waves than that it is made of water.“

„Whether in the intellectual pursuits of science or in the mystical pursuits of the spirit, the light beckons ahead, and the purpose surging in our nature responds.“ The Nature of the Physical World

„We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.“

„We often think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two, because 'two' is 'one and one'. We forget that we have still to make a study of 'and'.“

„We have learnt that the exploration of the external world by the methods of physical science leads not to a concrete reality but to a shadow world of symbols, beneath which those methods are unadapted for penetrating. Feeling that there must be more behind, we return to our starting point in human consciousness - the one centre where more might become known. There we find other stirrings, other revelations than those conditioned by the world of symbols... Physics most strongly insists that its methods do not penetrate behind the symbolism. Surely then that mental and spiritual nature of ourselves, known in our minds by an intimate contact transcending the methods of physics, supplies just that... which science is admittedly unable to give.“ Science And The Unseen World

„Something unknown is doing we don't know what.“

„Asked in 1919 whether it was true that only three people in the world understood the theory of general relativity, [Eddington] allegedly replied: 'Who's the third?“

„I believe that there are 15,747,724,136,275,02,577,605,653,961,181,555,468,044,717,914,527,116,709,366,231,425,076,185,631,031,296 protons in the universe and the same number of electrons.“

„The physical world is entirely abstract and without actuality apart from its linkage to consciousness.“

„The more perfect the instrument as a measurer of time, the more completely does it conceal time's arrow.“ THE NATURE OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD

„The law that entropy always increases holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations - then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation - well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the Second Law of Thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it to collapse in deepest humiliation.“ New Pathways in Science

„We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about ‘and.“

„It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.“

„The mind-stuff of the world is, of course, something more general than our individual conscious minds.... It is difficult for the matter-of-fact physicist to accept the view that the substratum of everything is of mental character. But no one can deny that mind is the first and most direct thing in our experience, and all else is remote inference.“ The Nature Of The Physical World

„When we encounter unexpected obstacles in finding out something which we wish to know, there are two possible courses to take. It may be that the right course is to treat the obstacle as a spur to further efforts; but there is a second possibility - that we have been trying to find something which does not exist. You will remember that that was how the relativity theory accounted for the apparent concealment of our velocity through the aether.“ THE NATURE OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD

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