Why quantum mechanics?

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Jan 10 12:58:55 UTC 2014

 Sir Horace Lamb (in a speech to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1932) said that ‘when I die and go to heaven there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics, and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids. And about the former I am rather optimistic’.
From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Dave Wilton [dave at WILTON.NET]
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 7:48 AM
Subject: [ADS-L] Why quantum mechanics?

Today's xkcd comic contains a variant of the WOTY use of "because," a use of
"why," as in "Why quantum mechanics?" and "Why turbulence?"


(I haven't looked into whether Horace Lamb actually said anything of this

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   University of Toronto
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