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Abraham Pais

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Progress leads to confusion leads to progress and on and on without respite. Every one of the many major advances created sooner or later, more often sooner, new problems. These confusions, never twice the same, are not to be deplored. Rather, those who participate experience them as a privilege.
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Inward Bound : Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World (1988), p. 4 ISBN 0198519974

 
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