“Wild Dance”

Max Born was not only a scientist, but a philosopher with an artistic bent. A German physicist and mathematician of Jewish descent, and a Nobel Prize winner, he became a British citizen at the outbreak of World War II and played a key role in developing quantum mechanics. Today, December 11, is his birthday. Inspired by a Google Doodle, I came across some quotes that demonstrate a creative flair and openness we can all fruitfully apply in our own work:

“I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy.”

“To present a scientific subject in an attractive and stimulating manner is an artistic task, similar to that of a novelist or even a dramatic writer.”

“I believe there is no philosophical high-road in science, with epistemological signposts. No, we are in a jungle and find out way by trial and error, building our road behind us as we proceed. We do not find signposts or crossroads, but our own scouts erect them, to help the rest.”

“My advice to those who wish to learn the art of scientific prophesy is not to rely on abstract reason, but to decipher the secret language of Nature from Nature’s documents: the facts of experience.”

“Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless.”

“We have sought for firm ground and found none. The deeper we penetrate, the more restless becomes the universe; all is rushing about and vibrating in a wild dance.”

“For all the communities available to us, there is not one I would want to devote myself to, except for the society of the true searchers, which has very few living members at any time.”

“I believe that ideas such as absolute certitude, absolute exactness, final truth, etc. are figments of the imagination which should not be admissible in any field of science… This loosening of thinking seems to me to be the greatest blessing which modern science has given to us.”

“It is true that many scientists are not philosophically minded and have hitherto shown much skill and ingenuity, but little wisdom.”

“The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.”

“The scientist’s urge to investigate, like the faith of the devout or the inspiration of the artist, is an expression of mankind’s longing for something fixed, something at rest in the universal whirl: God, Beauty, Truth.”

Creative souls as “scouts” who lead the way for others, the universe as a “wild dance,” and a longing to find the “society of the true searchers” — beautiful! Bravo, Max. Write on!




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