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What Physicist 'Said' This?

  1. Mar 16, 2009 #1
    Somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind, I recollect something that was quoted as either uttered or written by a physicist. It went something along the lines of ". . . when it come to science, it's either physics or checkers." I have paraphrased it. It believe that it was a British gentleman of the early 20th century.

    Would someone out there fill me in as to the quote and the person who gave it voice?
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 16, 2009 #2
    "All science is either physics or stamp collecting" - Ernest Rutherford
  4. Mar 16, 2009 #3
    Not what you are looking for, but the only "checkers" quote I know

    "Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state. " - Plato
  5. Mar 16, 2009 #4

    Thank you. It appears those recesses are darker than I thought.
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