The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976) "for the creation of quantum mechanics". Due to his profound interests in Indian spirituality and his calm nature, Werner Heisenberg was nicknamed “the Buddha” among scientists.
Monday, November 14, 2022
Here are some remarkable quotes from him:
"After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense."
"By getting to smaller and smaller units, we do not come to fundamental or indivisible units. But we do come to a point where further division has no meaning. Separation of the observer from the phenomenon to be observed is no longer possible. There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality."
"I think that modern physics has definitely decided in favor of Plato. In fact, the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which can be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language. The ontology of materialism rested upon the illusion that the kind of existence, the direct "actuality" of the world around us, can be extrapolated into the atomic range. This extrapolation is impossible, however. If you look into the subatomic realm, you discover that our world consists of spiritual structures of incredible beauty."
"In the history of science, ever since the famous trial of Galileo, it has repeatedly been claimed that scientific truth cannot be reconciled with the religious interpretation of the world. Although I an now convinced that scientific truth is unassailable in its own field, I have never found it possible to dismiss the content of religious thinking as simply part of an outmoded phase in the consciousness of mankind, a part we shall have to give up from now on; Thus in the course of my life, I have repeatedly been compelled to ponder on the relationship of these two regions of thought, for I have never been able to doubt the reality of that to which they point."
"The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite."
"The reality we can put into words is never reality itself. What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."
"Nature is made in such a way as to be able to be understood. Or perhaps I should put it, more correctly, the other way around, and say that we are made in such a way as to be able to understand Nature."
"The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass, God is waiting for you."