Diirrenmatt, Friedrich

Our researches are perilous, our discoveries are lethal. For us physicists there is nothing left but to surrender to reality.

The Physicists Act II (p. 81)

Egler, Frank E.

Reality is not what is; it is what the layman wishes it to be.

The Way of Science Science Concepts (p. 22)

Einstein, Albert

Physics is an attempt conceptually to grasp reality as it is thought independently of its being observed. In this sense one speaks of "physical reality."

In Paul Schlipp Albert Einstein, Philosopher-Scientist Autobiographical Notes (p. 81)

Einstein, Albert Infeld, Leopold

In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and moving hands, and even hears the ticking, but he has no way of opening the case. If he is ingenious enough he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations.

The Evolution of Physics Chapter I (p. 31)

Frankel, Felice Whitesides, George M.

Our reality is illusion: We don't know for sure what's out there.

On the Surface of Things Illusion (p. 121)

Frost, Robert You're searching, Joe For things that don't exist. I mean beginnings Ends and beginnings

Ends and beginnings—there are no such things There are only middles.

Complete Poems of Robert Frost Mountain Interval

Goodwin, Brian

There is no truth beyond magic...reality is strange. Many people think reality is prosaic. I don't. We don't explain things away in science. We get closer to the mystery.

In Roger Lewin Complexity Chapter 2 (p. 32)

Jeans, Sir James

...the most outstanding achievement of twentieth-century physics is not the theory of relativity with its welding together of space and time, or the theory of quanta with its present apparent negation of the laws of causation, or the dissection of the atom with the resultant discovery that things are not what they seem; it is the general recognition that we are not yet in contact with ultimate reality.

The Mysterious Universe Chapter V (p. 127)

Mead, George H.

...the ultimate touchstone of reality is a piece of experience found in an unanalyzed world. The approach to the crucial experiment may be a piece of torturing analysis, in which things are physically and mentally torn to shreds, so that we seem to be viewing the dissected tissues of objects in ghostly dance before us, but the actual objects in the experimental experience are the common things of which we say that seeing is believing, and of whose reality we convince ourselves by handling. We extravagantly advertise the photograph of the path of an electron, but in fact we could never have given as much reality to the electrical particle as does now inhabit it, if the photograph had been of naught else than glistening water vapour.

The Philosophy of the Act Chapter II (p. 32)

Science is a map of reality.

The Virgin and the Mousetrap Chapter 16 (p. 147)

Because all things balance—as on a wheel—and we cannot see nine-tenths of what is real, our claims of self-reliance are pieced together by unpanned gold. The whole system is a game: the planets are the shells; our earth, the pea. May there be no moaning of the bar. Like ships at sunset in a reverie, We are shadows of what we are.

The American Poetry Review Coasting (p. 38) Volume 24, Number 4, July-August 1995

Weinberg, Steven

When we say that a thing is real we are simply expressing a sort of respect.

Dreams of a Final Theory Chapter 2 (p. 46)

Weyl, Hermann

A picture of reality drawn in a few sharp lines cannot be expected to be adequate to the variety of all its shades. Yet even so the draftsman must have the courage to draw the lines firm.

Philosophy ofMathematics and Natural Science Appendix D (p. 274)

Wilde, Oscar

Well, the way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.

The Picture of Dorian Gray Chapter 3 (p. 45)

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