Re: There's no 3-legged animal

From: George Hammond (
Date: Fri Aug 17 2001 - 22:16:11 EDT

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    george murphy wrote:
    > John W Burgeson wrote:
    > > "In the words of Pauli, "It's not even wrong." "
    > >
    > > I loved that quotation when I first read it. Do you have a citation
    > > source by any chance? I think he was criticizing a grad student's physics
    > > thesis, but perhaps it was more than that. It has been many years --
    > > thanks for bring it back to memory.
    > It's part of the stock of "Pauliana" but I can't think of a precise
    > reference offhand. I don't think it was a student's thesis, but it was some
    > young theorist's theorizing." (About another such he's supposed to have
    > said, "So young, and already so unknown!")
    > Shalom,
    > George

    Werner Heisenberg towards the end of his career got a very strange
    Idea about Particle Physics theories and developed some master
    equation which he claimed explained it all. He had spent a large
    part of his life collaborating with Pauli (when they both worked for
    Bohr), but Pauli finally told him he would have nothing to do with
    the theory, and even refused to introduce him at a large conference
    because he considered the work so incompetent. I think that's when he
    made the remark about Heisenberg's "world equation" or whatever it was.
      I could be wrong about this... maybe it was Erwin Schrodinger, but
    I'm pretty sure it was Heisenberg he said it about.

    > George L. Murphy
    > "The Science-Theology Interface"

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