Quantum mechanics taught that a particle was not a particle but a smudge, a traveling cloud of possibilities...
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Forces in Molecules (p. 89)
We can no longer speak of the behaviour of the particle independently of the process of observation. As a final consequence, the natural laws formulated mathematically in quantum theory no longer deal with the elementary particles themselves but with our knowledge of them. Nor is it any longer possible to ask whether or not these particles exist in space and time objectively. . .
The Physicist's Conception of Nature Chapter I (p. 15)
In science's great chain of being, the particle physicists place themselves with the angels, looking down from the heavenly spheres on the chemists, biologists, geologists, meteorologists—those who are applying, not discovering, nature's most fundamental laws. Everything, after all, is made from subatomic particles. Once you have a concise theory explaining how they work, the rest should just be filigree.
The New York Times New Contenders for a Theory of Everything
F1, Column 1 Tuesday, December 4, 2001
The Imagination is lost here. Rather than the Minds; for if you divide a Particle into the most inconceivably minute Parts, the Mind will always find therein something that regards the West, and something that regards the East; and what regards the West, is not that which regards the East.
Philosophical Conversations Volume I Conversation I (p. 9)
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