Aurel Stodola

“The country (Germany) is like a man with a badly upset stomach who has not yet vomited enough,” Aurel Stodola in 1919 on right-wing putsch in Berlin two weeks earlier. CPAE Vol. 9 Dec. 16 “The Kapp Putsch, also known as the Kapp-Luttwitz Putsch after its leaders Wolfgang Kapp and Walther von Luttwitz, was an …

Richard Feynman

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts,” Richard Feynman “What is Science” presented at the fifteenth annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, in New York City (1966), published in The Physics Teacher, volume 7, issue 6 (1969), p. 313-320

Wernher von Braun

“The rocket worked perfectly, except for landing on the wrong planet.” Wernher von Braun (comment on V2 landing on London 1944, Apollo in Perspective : Spaceflight Then and Now (1999))

John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh

“Without encroaching upon grounds appertaining to the theologian and the philosopher, the domain of natural sciences is surely broad enough to satisfy the wildest ambition of its devotees. The work may be hard, and the discipline severe; but the interest never fails, and great is the privilege of achievement.,” John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh


“You should call it entropy, for two reasons. In the first place your uncertainty function has been used in statistical mechanics under that name, so it already has a name. In the second place, and more important, no one really knows what entropy really is, so in a debate you will always have the advantage.” …

Ernst Mach

“I know of nothing more terrible than the poor creatures who have learned too much. Instead of the sound powerful judgement which would probably have grown up if they had learned nothing, their thoughts creep timidly and hypnotically after words, principles and formulae, constantly by the same paths. What they have acquired is a spider’s …