Max Born

Max Born
Max Born
  • Born: December 11, 1882
  • Died: January 5, 1970
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Mathematician









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… in practical affairs, particularly in politics, men are needed who combine human experience and interest in human relations with a knowledge of science and technology. Moreover, they must be men of action and not contemplation. I have the impression that no method of education can produce people with all the qualities required. I am haunted by the idea that this break in human civilization, caused by the discovery of the scientific method, may be irreparable. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… theoretical physics is actual philosophy. It has revolutionized fundamental concepts, e.g., about space and time (relativity), about causality (quantum theory), and about substance and matter (atomistics), and it has taught us new methods of thinking (complementarity) which are applicable far beyond physics. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless. Miscellaneous
Science in our technical age has social, economic, and political functions, and however remote one's own work is from technical application it is a link in the chain of actions and decisions which determine the fate of the human race. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Science is so greatly opposed to history and tradition that it cannot be absorbed by our civilization. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The human race has today the means for annihilating itself—either in a fit of complete lunacy ... or by a careless handling of atomic technology, through the slow poisoning and of deterioration in its genetic structure. Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
And the continuity of our science has not been affected by all these turbulent happenings, as the older theories have always been included as limiting cases in the new ones. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy.
If God has made the world a perfect mechanism, He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect that in order to predict little parts of it, we need not solve innumerable differential equations, but can use dice with fair success. Religion & God ;Success
The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world. Truth
There are two objectionable types of believers: those who believe the incredible and those who believe that 'belief' must be discarded and replaced by 'the scientific method.