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Wolfgang Pauli

Datum narození: 25. duben 1900
Datum úmrtí: 15. prosinec 1958

Wolfgang Ernst Pauli byl významný švýcarský fyzik. Zkoumal teorii relativity a kvantovou mechaniku. V roce 1945 mu byla udělena Nobelova cena za fyziku za formulaci tzv. Pauliho vylučovacího principu.


„Nevěřím, že Bůh je slabý levák.“ Reakce na teorii o narušení levopravé symetrie při slabé interakci.

„Dnes jsem učinil cosi, co by teoretik neměl ve svém životě nikdy udělat. Pokusil jsem se nevysvětlitelné objasnit nepozorovatelným.“


„Člověk by neměl spojovat, co Bůh rozloučil.“

„This isn't right. This isn't even wrong.“

„I do not mind if you think slowly, but I do object when you publish more quickly than you think.“

„has a feeling for the central order of things. He can detect it in the simplicity of natural laws. We may take it that he felt this simplicity very strongly and directly during his discovery of the theory of relativity. Admittedly, this is a far cry from the contents of religion. I don't believeis tied to any religious tradition, and I rather think the idea of a personal God is entirely foreign to him.“

„Our friendhas a creed; and the main tenet of that creed is: There is no God, andis his prophet.“

„It would be most satisfactory if physics and psyche could be seen as complementary aspects of the same reality“ Writings on Physics and Philosophy


„A synthesis embracing both rational understanding and the mystical experience of unity is the mythos, spoken or unspoken, or our present day and age.“ Writings on Physics and Philosophy

„Why did the chicken cross the road? there already was a chicken on this side of the road.“

„Wolfgang Pauli, in the months before Heisenberg's paper on matrix mechanics pointed the way to a new quantum theory, wrote to a friend, "At the moment physics is again terribly confused. In any case, it is too difficult for me, and I wish I had been a movie comedian or something of the sort and had never heard of physics." That testimony is particularly impressive if contrasted with Pauli's words less than five months later: "Heisenberg's type of mechanics has again given me hope and joy in life. To be sure it does not supply the solution to the riddle, but I believe it is again possible to march forward.“

„As I regard physics and psychology as complementary types of examination, I am certain that there is an equally valid way that must lead the psychologist 'from behind' (namely, through investigating the archetypes) into the world of physics. As an example of background physics, I shall discuss a motif that occurs regularly in my dreams - namely, fine structure, in particular doublet structure of spectral lines and the separation of a chemical element into two isotopes.“ Atom and Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters 1932-58


„From the point of view of logic, my report on 'Exclusion principle and quantum mechanics' has no conclusion. I believe that it will only be possible to write the conclusion if a theory will be established which will determine the value of the fine structure constant and will thus explain the atomistic structure of electricity, which is such an essential quality of all atomic sources of electric fields actually occurring in nature.“ Writings on Physics and Philosophy

„The theoretical determination of the fine structure constant is certainly the most important of the unsolved problems of modern physics.“ Writings on Physics and Philosophy

„... it should be remembered that the atomicity of electric charge has already found its expression in the specific numerical value of the fine structure constant, a theoretical understanding of which is still missing today.“ Theory of Relativity

„The theoretical determination of the fine structure constant is certainly the most important of the unsolved problems of modern physics. We believe that any regression to the ideas of classical physics (as, for instance, to the use of the classical field concept)cannot bring us nearer to this goal. To reach it, we shall, presumably, have to pay with further revolutionary changes of the fundamental concepts of physics with a still farther digression from the concepts of the classical theories.“ Writings on Physics and Philosophy

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