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Джон Уилер

Дата рождения: 9. Июль 1911
Дата смерти: 13. Апрель 2008

Джон Арчибальд Уилер — американский физик-теоретик, член Национальной академии наук США . Президент Американского физического общества в 1966 году. Окончил Университет Джонса Хопкинса . В 1933—1935 годах работал в Копенгагене у Нильса Бора, в 1935—1938 годах в университете Северной Каролины, с 1938 года — в Принстонском университете .

Уилером были придуманы несколько терминов , включая два, впоследствии широко распространившиеся в науке и научной фантастике — чёрная дыра и кротовая нора .



„За всем этим, несомненно, стоит такая простая и красивая идея, что когда – лет через десять, сто или тысячу – мы додумаемся до нее, то непременно спросим: а разве могло быть иначе?“

„Если за целый день вам не попалось ничего странного, значит, день не удался.“


„We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.“

„In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it.“

„Never make a calculation until you know the answer. Make an estimate before every calculation, try a simple physical argument (symmetry! invariance! conservation!) before every derivation, guess the answer to every paradox and puzzle. Courage: No one else needs to know what the guess is. Therefore make it quickly, by instinct. A right guess reinforces this instinct. A wrong guess brings the refreshment of surprise. In either case life as a spacetime expert, however long, is more fun!“ Spacetime Physics

„If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.“

„Matter tells Spacetime how to curve, and Spacetime tells matter how to move.“

„The universe gives birth to consciousness, and consciousness gives meaning to the universe.“


„Spacetime grips mass, telling it how to move...
Mass grips spacetime, telling it how to curve“
A Journey into Gravity and Spacetime

„Knowledge only progresses by making mistakes as fast as possible.“

„Yes, there is happiness to be found in the mere contemplation of the deepest mysteries.“ Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics

„Spacetime grips mass, telling it how to move...
Mass grips spacetime, telling it how to curve“


„Never make a calculation until you know the answer.“

„Individual events. Events beyond law. Events so numerous and so uncoordinated that, flaunting their freedom from formula, they yet fabricate firm form.“

„Anyone who expects to create, be it as a scientist or artist, scholar or writer, needs self-confidence, even bravado. How else can one dare to imagine understanding what no one else has understood, discovering what no one else has discovered? Where does this confidence come from? Fortunately, every young person is blessed with some of it. It is part of human character.“

„Nobody can be anybody without somebodies around.“

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