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Murray Gell-Mann


American physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles.
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Murray Gell-Mann
Just because things get a little dingy at the subatomic level doesn't mean all bets are off.
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The Feynman Problem-Solving Algorithm:
  (1) write down the problem;
  (2) think very hard;
  (3) write down the answer.
Gell-Mann
While many questions about quantum mechanics are still not fully resolved, there is no point in introducing needless mystification where in fact no problem exists. Yet a great deal of recent writing about quantum mechanics has done just that.




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That which is not forbidden is mandatory.
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If I have seen further than others, it is because I am surrounded by dwarfs.
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You don't need something more to get something more. That's what emergence means. Life can emerge from physics and chemistry plus a lot of accidents. The human mind can arise from neurobiology and a lot of accidents, the way the chemical bond arises from physics and certain accidents. Doesn't diminish the importance of these subjects to know they follow from more fundamental things plus accidents.
Murray Gell-Mann
Three principles — the conformability of nature to herself, the applicability of the criterion of simplicity, and the "unreasonable effectiveness" of certain parts of mathematics in describing physical reality — are thus consequences of the underlying law of the elementary particles and their interactions. Those three principles need not be assumed as separate metaphysical postulates. Instead, they are emergent properties of the fundamental laws of physics.
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