5 Science Quotes By Robert Oppenheimer

Robert Oppenheimer was an American physicist who played a key role in the Manhattan Project, the secret government project that developed the first atomic bomb during World War II. He was also known for his work in theoretical physics and as the director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Oppenheimer was a brilliant scientist and a deep thinker, and he left behind many memorable quotes about science, technology, and the human condition. Here are ten of his most famous quotes:

  1. “The best way to send information is to wrap it up in a person.”
  2. “There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”
  3. “The physicist, in his study of natural phenomena, has two methods of making progress: (1) the method of experiment and observation, and (2) the method of mathematical reasoning.”
  4. “The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.”
  5. “The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.”
  6. “The essence of science is independent thinking, hard work, and not giving up.”
  7. “The nuclear arms race is like two people sitting in a pool of gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.”
  8. “The fact that we have been successful in preventing World War III for more than 70 years is a significant achievement. But the job is not yet done.”
  9. “In physics, you don’t have to go around making trouble for yourself – nature does it for you.”
  10. “The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined.”

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