If you’re finding quantum theory hard to swallow, you’re not alone. Here’s what some of the best quantum thinkers had to say about this strange but fascinating area of physics.
We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
Quantum mechanics makes absolutely no sense
The ‘paradox’ is only a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality ‘ought to be’
If it is correct, it signifies the end of physics as a science
I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics
If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it
I do not like it, and I am sorry I ever had anything to do with it
Photograph by A. B. Lagrelius and Westphal
Harvey of Pasadena, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives
Photograph by Ferdinand Schmutzer
AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Wheeler Collection
Photograph by Francis Simon, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives