Looking for source of cosmology/astrophysics quote

  • Thread starter Mondo11
  • Start date
  • #1
3
0
For a neuroscience book I am writing, I am looking for the person who first said/wrote the following quote: "We discover things about the universe we can no longer even imagine." THIS MAY NOT BE THE EXACT QUOTE, BUT ONLY HOW I RECALL IT FROM ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO. I think it was from a Russian astrophysicist, and I think it was from the 1920s or 1930s.
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
marcus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
Dearly Missed
24,738
788
For a neuroscience book I am writing, I am looking for the person who first said/wrote the following quote: "We discover things about the universe we can no longer even imagine." THIS MAY NOT BE THE EXACT QUOTE, BUT ONLY HOW I RECALL IT FROM ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO. I think it was from a Russian astrophysicist, and I think it was from the 1920s or 1930s.
I was just watching a Feynman lecture (at Cornell) from around 1950s. He said something like that regarding not just cosmology but nature in general.
Something to the effect that "We discover things about nature that we cannot imagine."
I'm afraid that's not of any use to you---it had a kind of matter-of-fact ring. the tone was not poetical. He then proceeded to explain WHY we weren't prepared to imagine or grasp intuitively the kind of things we were learning about nature. and why this was only to be expected. analogies don't necessarily work over widely different scales.
 
  • #3
George Jones
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
7,433
1,077
For a neuroscience book I am writing, I am looking for the person who first said/wrote the following quote: "We discover things about the universe we can no longer even imagine." THIS MAY NOT BE THE EXACT QUOTE, BUT ONLY HOW I RECALL IT FROM ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO. I think it was from a Russian astrophysicist, and I think it was from the 1920s or 1930s.

What about a British biologist? J.S. Haldane reportedly said "My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._B._S._Haldane

I use this (supposed) quote a lot.
 
  • #4
3
0
Marcus, Well, that quote of Feynman's may be what I am recalling. Can you tell me where to find the lecture?
 
  • #5
marcus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
Dearly Missed
24,738
788
Marcus, Well, that quote of Feynman's may be what I am recalling. Can you tell me where to find the lecture?

I can't pinpoint it. The day I encountered it, I started by watching this Feynman talk:
and it could be in that one, in the last half or third of the talk.
But that same day I also sampled others of the same series of talks which Youtube provides links to in the margin. I may not be able to find it again without an unreasonable effort. I'll give it a try, time permitting.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #6
3
0
Thank you, Marcus. I shall take it from here. I always enjoy watching Feynman.
 

Related Threads on Looking for source of cosmology/astrophysics quote

Replies
6
Views
1K
Replies
7
Views
222
Replies
3
Views
1K
Replies
32
Views
11K
Replies
0
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
13
Views
3K
Replies
12
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
9
Views
2K
Replies
11
Views
193
Top