Quotes by Sir Arthur Eddington

Every body continues in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, except insofar as it doesn't.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
Human life is proverbially uncertain; few things are more certain than the solvency of a life-insurance company.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 605 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe and the same number of electrons.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics, I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they are confirmed by theory.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting anything with perfect determinism because it deals with probabilities from the outset.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
Life would be stunted and narrow if we could feel no significance in the world around us beyond that which can be weighed and measured with the tools of the physicist or described by the metrical symbols of the mathematician.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate. One thing at least is certain, light has weight. One thing is certain and the rest debate. Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
Probably the simplest hypothesis... is that there may be a slow process of annihilation of matter.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
Proof is the idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
Schrodinger's wave-mechanics is not a physical theory, but a dodge - and a very good dodge too.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
Shuffling is the only thing which Nature cannot undo.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
The mathematics is not there till we put it there.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
The quest of the absolute leads into the four-dimensional world.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
The solution goes on famously; but just as we have got rid of all the other unknowns, behold! V disappears as well, and we are left with the indisputable but irritating conclusion: 0 = 0. This is a favourite device that mathematical equations resort to, when we propound stupid questions.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
There once was a brainy baboon, Who always breathed down a bassoon, For he said, It appears that in billions of years I shall certainly hit on a tune.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origins. At last, we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own.
– Sir Arthur Eddington
We often think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two, because two is one and one. We forget that we still have to make a study of and.
– Sir Arthur Eddington