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Wit and Widsom

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Richard Feynman • People who wish to analyze nature without using mathematics must settle for a reduced understanding.

Psalm 111:2 • The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. [Inscription over the entrance to the Cavendish Laboratory of Physics, Cambridge]

Bertrand Russell • No opinion should be held with fervour. No one holds with fervour that seven times eight is fifty-six, because it can be known that this is the case. Fervour is only necessary in commending an opinion which is doubtful or demonstrably false.

Albert Einstein • [Academic] reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His Son • Speak the language of the company you are in; speak it purely, and unlarded with any other. Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.

David Khmelnitskii • Who are these heroes!?

Ernest Rutherford • All science is either physics or stamp collecting

Jan Tschichold, The Form of the Book • Today, good taste is often erroneously rejected as old-fashioned because the ordinary man, seeking approval of his so-called personality, prefers to follow the dictates of his own peculiar style rather than submit to any objective criterion of taste.

Joseph Long • When I was your age we didn't have integration. We had to add up differential units by hand. • Of course Einstein's wrong! I played craps with God just yesterday.

Applied Optics • The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26, 'Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days.' Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we from the Sun, and in addition 49 times as much as the Earth from the Sun, 50 times in all. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E)4 = 50, where E is the absolute temperature of the earth, gives H as 525 C. The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed.... [However] Revelation 21:8 says 'But the fearful, and unbelieving...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.' A lake of molten brimstone must be at or below [its] boiling [temperature], 444.6 C. We have, then, that Heaven, at 525 C, is hotter than Hell at, 445 C.

UNIX Jokes, Phrack, vol.3, no.36

UNIX Joke, Oliver Serang

Shortest physics joke • 'What's new?' 'E/h.'

Thomas Fink

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