Davies, Paul

Measure for measure, we are to an atom, what a star is to us.

Superforce Chapter 1 (p. 18)

Eddington, Sir Arthur

The atom is as porous as the solar system.

The Nature of the Physical World Chapter I (p. 1)

The physical atom is, like everything else in physics, a schedule of pointer readings.

The Nature of the Physical World Chapter XII (p. 259)

Esar, Evan

[Atom] The smallest thing in the world which, when split or fused, becomes the biggest thing.

Esar's Comic Dictionary Atom

Feynman, Richard P.

I, a universe of atoms, an atom of the universe.

What Do You Care What Other People Think?

The Value of Science (p. 243)

...the atoms that are in the brain are being replaced: the ones that were there before have gone away.

So what is this mind of ours: what are these atoms with consciousness? Last week's potatoes! They now can remember what was going on in my mind a year ago—a mind which has long ago been replaced.

To note that the thing I call my individuality is only a pattern or dance, that is what it means when one discovers how long it takes for the atoms of the brain to be replaced by other atoms. The atoms come into my brain, dance a dance, and then go out—there are always new atoms, but always doing the same dance, remembering what the dance was yesterday.

What Do You Care What Other People Think?

The Value of Science (p. 244)

Mach, Ernst

The atomic theory plays a part in physics similar to that of certain auxiliary concepts in mathematics: it is a mathematical model for facilitating the mental reproduction of facts. Although we represent vibrations by the harmonic formula, the phenomena of cooling by exponentials, falls by squares of time, etc, no one would fancy that vibrations in themselves have anything to do with circular functions, or the motion of falling bodies with squares.

The Science of Mechanics Chapter IV Section IV (p. 590)

Nabokov, Vladimir

But the individual atom is free: it pulsates as it wants, in high or low gear; it decides itself when to absorb and when to radiate energy.

Bend Sinister (p. 159)

Rowland, Henry

The round hard atom of Newton which God alone could break into pieces has become a molecule composed of many atoms and each of these smaller atoms has become so elastic that after vibrating 100,000 times its amplitude of vibration is scarcely diminished. It has become so complicated that it can vibrate with as many thousand notes. We cover the atom with patches of electricity here and there and make of it a system compared with which the planetary system, nay the universe itself, is simplicity.

The Physical Papers ofHenry Augustus Rowland The Highest Aime of the Physicist (p. 671)

Rukeyser, Muriel

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

The Speed of Darkness The Speed of Darkness Stanza IX


I remember, I remember,

When an atom was so small It really hardly paid you To think of one at all. It was so small that anywhere An atom safe could be And pass his time in molecules In elemental glee.

Industrial and Engineering Chemistry: News Edition Past and Present (p. 161) Volume 12, Number 3, April 20, 1934

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