[Ads-l] Niels Bohr Quote

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 28 14:24:16 EDT 2017


The "shocked" version is given by Karen Barad in _Meeting the Universe
Halfway_, citing _The Philosophical Writings of Niels Bohr_.

https://books.google.com/books?id=H41WUfTU2CMC&pg=PT270

I don't see any searchable version of _Philosophical Writings_ on Google
Books to confirm.

On Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 1:57 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:

> 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?
> > >
> > >
>

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