Category Archives: famous quotes

"I attribute essentially all my success to the very large amount of chocolate that I consume.  Personally I feel that milk chocolate makes you stupid.Now dark chocolate is the way to go. It's one thing if you want like a medicine or chemistry Nobel Prize, OK, but if you want a physics Nobel Prize it pretty much has got to be dark chocolate."

--- Erik Cornell

Pauli's letter or the importance of technical details

This is one of my favorite illustrations of the importance of technical details. Below I am posting a figure from a paper by Peter Woit, where the Pauli's letter is displayed.

In 1958, Wolfgang Pauli sent letters to some fellow physicists, making fun of Werner Heisenberg's exaggerated claims to have developed a successful unified
theory. A copy of his letter to J. Robert Oppenheimer is shown here.

A letter of Pauli to Oppenheimer

The letter says: Comment on Heisenberg Radio advertisement.
This is to show the world that I can paint like Titian. [Empty frame with jagged sides]. Only technical details are missing.

Here is  a link to a similar letter to Gamov.