[Ads-l] Niels Bohr Quote

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Fri Jul 28 13:57:00 EDT 2017


This is usually quoted in Danish as "Hvis man kan sætte sig ind i
kvantemekanik uden at blive svimmel, har man ikke forstået noget af det",
which with the help of Google Translate seems to mean something like "If
you can get into quantum mechanics without getting dizzy, you have not
understood anything about it" -- which, incidentally, is a lot closer to
how I remember (dimly) this Bohr quote from German. I didn't have time to
chase up the Danish version further, but if you're looking into the
English, I wouldn't insist on the word "shocked" being part of it.

Chris

On Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 8:15 AM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> Kit Pedler _Mind over Matter:  A Scientist's View of the Paranormal_
> Thames Methuen, 1981
> [Google books Snippet View; https://books.google.com/
> books?id=3hN_AAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=shocked ]
> "Niels Bohr wrote: 'Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not
> understood it."
>
>
> John Gribbin, _In Search of Schrodinger's Cat_ Bantam 1984.
> Epigram on p 5 "Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not
> understood it.  Niels Bohr 1885 - 1962"
>
> https://books.google.com/books?id=IxOBm322_lIC&q=
> shocked#v=snippet&q=shocked&f=false
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On
> Behalf Of Shapiro, Fred
> > Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:13 PM
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Niels Bohr Quote
> >
> > The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has the following quote under Niels
> Bohr:
> >
> >
> > [Of quantum mechanics:] Anybody who is not shocked by this subject has
> failed to understand it.
> >
> > Niels Bohr, attributed in Nature, 23 August 1990
> >
> >
> > Can anyone supply any occurrences of this quote, or variants of it,
> prior to the 1990 Nature attribution?
> >
> >
> > Fred Shapiro
>
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