Quotes and Sayings about Atoms



"When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images."
- Niels Bohr
(Related: Poetry, Atoms, Facts, Language)

"We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Money, Time, People, Atoms, Interest)

"Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind. But God help us all! It is at present a sad jar of atoms."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Love, God, Atoms, Body, Help, Man, Mind, Present)

"The atoms become like a moth, seeking out the region of higher laser intensity."
- Steven Chu
(Related: Atoms)

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion."
- Democritus
(Related: Atoms, Nothing, Opinion, Space)

"If we conceive all the changes in the physical world as reducible to the motion of atoms, motions generated by means of the fixed nuclear forces of those atoms, the whole of the world could thus be known by means of the natural sciences."
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Related: Atoms, World)

"After realizing that we would eventually be able to build molecular machines that could arrange atoms to form virtually any pattern that we wanted, I saw that an awful lot of consequences followed from that."
- K. Eric Drexler
(Related: Atoms, Consequences, Machines)

"In Italy, on the breaking up of the Roman Empire, society might be said to be resolved into its original elements, - into hostile atoms, whose only movement was that of mutual repulsion."
- Edward Everett
(Related: Society, Atoms, Italy)

"Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?"
- Richard P. Feynman
(Related: Beauty, Science, Atoms, Night, Poets, Stars)

"Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Mother, Knowledge, Atoms, Self)

"Traditional academic science describes human beings as highly developed animals and biological thinking machines. We appear to be Newtonian objects made of atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, and organs."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Science, Animals, Atoms, Machines, Thinking)

"The problems of language here are really serious. We wish to speak in some way about the structure of the atoms. But we cannot speak about atoms in ordinary language."
- Werner Heisenberg
(Related: Atoms, Language, Problems)

"Now where there are no parts, there neither extension, nor shape, nor divisibility is possible. And these monads are the true atoms of nature and, in a word, the elements of things."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Nature, Atoms, Now, Word)

"We may say that a basic substance is one which has a lone pair of electrons which may be used to complete the stable group of another atom, and that an acid is one which can employ a lone pair from another molecule in completing the stable group of one of its own atoms."
- Gilbert Newton Lewis
(Related: Atoms, May)

"The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Science, Heart, Belief, Atoms, Lies, Novelty, Radical, Rejection, Stars)

"In order to figure out how to make atoms compute, you have to learn how to speak their language and to understand how they process information under normal circumstances."
- Seth Lloyd
(Related: Atoms, Circumstances, Information, Language, Order)

"The mind of man has perplexed itself with many hard questions. Is space infinite, and in what sense? Is the material world infinite in extent, and are all places within that extent equally full of matter? Do atoms exist or is matter infinitely divisible?"
- James C. Maxwell
(Related: Atoms, Infinite, Man, Mind, Questions, Sense, Space, World)

"Nanotechnology is manufacturing with atoms."
- William Powell
(Related: Atoms, Manufacturing)

"In 1958, I was a delegate to the Atoms for Peace conference in Geneva."
- Frederick Reines
(Related: Peace, Atoms)

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
- Muriel Rukeyser
(Related: Atoms, Universe)

"The actual atoms and molecules that make up my brain and body today are not the same ones that I was born with on September 8, 1954, a half-century ago this month."
- Michael Shermer
(Related: Atoms, Body, Today)

"It is more likely that more than a century will pass before we know the structure of the chemical atoms as thoroughly as we do our solar system."
- Johannes Stark
(Related: Atoms, Will)

"The emitters of the spectral series are without exception single atoms, not compounds of atoms."
- Johannes Stark
(Related: Atoms)

"Moreover, the abundance of chemical compounds and their importance in daily life hindered the chemist from investigating the question, in what does the individuality of the atoms of different elements consist."
- Johannes Stark
(Related: Life, Abundance, Atoms, Importance, Individuality, Question)

"For under certain conditions the chemical atoms emit light waves of a specific length or oscillation frequency - their familiar characteristic spectra - and these can come in the form of electromagnetic waves only from accelerated electric quanta."
- Johannes Stark
(Related: Atoms, Light)

"By allowing the positive ions to pass through an electric field and thus giving them a certain velocity, it is possible to distinguish them from the neutral, stationary atoms."
- Johannes Stark
(Related: Positive, Atoms, Giving)

"With this in mind, for some twenty years I have set myself as my particular task the experimental investigation of the connexion between change in the structure and change in the spectra of chemical atoms."
- Johannes Stark
(Related: Change, Atoms, Investigation, Mind, Years)

"You may have heard the world is made up of atoms and molecules, but it's really made up of stories. When you sit with an individual that's been here, you can give quantitative data a qualitative overlay."
- William Turner
(Related: Atoms, May, World)

"A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms."
- George Wald
(Related: Atoms)

"It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists, and physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms."
- George Wald
(Related: Atoms, Poor, Universe)

"As far as extra dimensions are concerned, very tiny extra dimensions wouldn't be perceived in everyday life, just as atoms aren't: we see many atoms together but we don't see atoms individually."
- Edward Witten
(Related: Life, Atoms)