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“Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm.”
 Murray GellMann 
“The chaos can act as a magnifier of quantum fluctuations so that they can produce sizable effects in the world around us. But we know that that can happen often”
 Murray GellMann 
“For me, the study of these laws is inseparable from a love of Nature in all its manifestations. The beauty of the basic laws of natural science, as revealed in the study of particles and of the cosmos, is allied to the litheness of a merganser diving in a pure Swedish lake, or the grace of a dolphin leaving shining trails at night in the Gulf of California.”
 Murray GellMann 
“What is especially striking and remarkable is that in fundamental physics, a beautiful or elegant theory is more likely to be right than a theory that is inelegant. A theory appears to be beautiful or elegant (or simple, if you prefer) when it can be expressed concisely in terms of mathematics we already have. Symmetry exhibits the simplicity. The Foundamental Law is such that the different skins of the onion resemble one another and therefore the math for one skin allows you to express beautifully and simply the phenomenon of the next skin.”
 Murray GellMann 
“Hugh Everett's work has been described by many people in terms of many worlds, the idea being that every one of the various alternative histories, branching histories, is assigned some sort of reality.”
 Murray GellMann 
“Planets are too dim to be detected with existing equipment, far away, except in these very special circumstances where they're seen by their gravitational effect”
 Murray GellMann 
“Our planet doesn't seem to be the result of anything very special”
 Murray GellMann 
“If I have seen further than others, it is because I am surrounded by dwarfs.”
 Murray GellMann 
“In fact any experiment that measures a quantum effect is one in which the quantum effect is aligned with the behavior of some heavy, macroscopic object; that's how we measure it”
 Murray GellMann 
“I think also of my colleagues in elementary particle theory in many lands, and feel that in some measure I am here as a representative of our small, informal, international fraternity.”
 Murray GellMann 
“I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity, diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.”
 Murray GellMann 
“Sometimes the probabilities are very close to certainties, but they're never really certainties”
 Murray GellMann 
“So the old Copenhagen interpretation needs to be generalized, needs to be replaced by something that can be used for the whole universe, and can be used also in cases where there is plenty of individuality and history”
 Murray GellMann 
“We are driven by the usual insatiable curiosity of the scientist, and our work is a delightful game”
 Murray GellMann 
“Modern education is like being taken to the world's greatest restaurant & being forced to eat the menu.”
 Murray GellMann 
“When you think you're listening to several conversations at once, they tell me, you may really simply be time sharing  that is, listening a little bit to this one, a little bit to that one”
 Murray GellMann 
“While many questions about quantum mechanics are still not fully resolved, there is no point in introducing needless mystification where in fact no problem exists. Yet a great deal of recent writing about quantum mechanics has done just that.”
 Murray GellMann 
“I thought of killing myself but soon decided that I could always try MIT and then kill myself later if it was that bad but that I couldn't commit suicide and then try MIT afterwards. The two operations, suicide and going to MIT, don't commute...”
 Murray GellMann 
“Three principles  the conformability of nature to herself, the applicability of the criterion of simplicity, and the "unreasonable effectiveness" of certain parts of mathematics in describing physical reality  are thus consequences of the underlying law of the elementary particles and their interactions. Those three principles need not be assumed as separate metaphysical postulates. Instead, they are emergent properties of the fundamental laws of physics.”
 Murray GellMann 
“Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague sense by a lot of writers, but in physics it means a particular phenomenon, namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely, arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition”
 Murray GellMann 
“I am frequently astonished that it so often results in correct predictions of experimental results.”
 Murray GellMann 
“But I don't actually adopt the point of view that our subjective impression of free will, which is a kind of indeterminacy behavior, comes from quantum mechanical indeterminacy.”
 Murray GellMann 
“But when researchers at Bell Labs discovered that static tends to come from particular places in the sky, the whole field of radio astronomy opened up.”
 Murray GellMann 
“If we look at the way the universe behaves, quantum mechanics gives us fundamental, unavoidable indeterminacy, so that alternative histories of the universe can be assigned probability.”
 Murray GellMann 
“One thing that makes the adventure of working in our field particularly rewarding, especially in attempting to improve the theory, is that... a chief criterion for the selection of a correct hypothesis... seems to be the criterion of beauty, simplicity, or elegance.”
 Murray GellMann 
“My colleagues in elementary particle theory in many lands [and I] are driven by the usual insatiable curiosity of the scientist, and our work is a delightful game. I am frequently astonished that it so often results in correct predictions of experimental results. How can it be that writing down a few simple and elegant formulae, like short poems governed by strict rules such as those of the sonnet or the waka, can predict universal regularities of Nature?”
 Murray GellMann 
“Today the network of relationships linking the human race to itself and to the rest of the biosphere is so complex that all aspects affect all others to an extraordinary degree. Someone should be studying the whole system, however crudely that has to be done, because no gluing together of partial studies of a complex nonlinear system can give a good idea of the behavior of the whole.”
 Murray GellMann 
“Both biological and cultural diversity are now severely threatened and working for their preservation is a critical task.”
 Murray GellMann 
“Perhaps we see equations as simple because they are easily expressed in terms of mathematical notation already invented at an earlier stage of development of the science, and thus what appears to us as elegance of description really reflects the interconnectedness of Nature's laws at different levels.”
 Murray GellMann 
“The mathematics clearly called for a set of underlying elementary objectsat that time we needed three types of themelementary objects that could be combined three at a time in different ways to make all the heavy particles we knew. ... I needed a name for them and called them quarks, after the taunting cry of the gulls, "Three quarks for Muster mark," from Finnegan's Wake by the Irish writer James Joyce.”
 Murray GellMann
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