Serge Haroche quotes

  • It is hard to rationalise or explain why you love what you love. But I have always been interested in science and maths, and in high school I was struck that you could use maths to understand nature and science.
    -- Serge Haroche

    #School #Math #High School

  • Most technological advances in our life now come from serendipitous discoveries. That is a contraction of rocket technology and computer technology and atomic clock technology.
    -- Serge Haroche

    #Technology #Discovery #Rockets

  • Equality is the heart and essence of democracy, freedom, and justice, equality of opportunity in industry, in labor unions, schools and colleges, government, politics, and before the law. There must be no dual standards of justice, no dual rights, privileges, duties, or responsibilities of citizenship. No dual forms of freedom.

  • Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait.

  • But Piglet is so small that he slips into a pocket, where it is very comfortable to feel him when you are not quite sure whether twice seven is twelve or twenty-two.

  • I didn't mind studying. Obviously math and the physical science subjects interested me more than some of the more artistic subjects, but I think I was a pretty good student.

  • I am not really doing research, just trying to cultivate myself.

  • The question you raise, 'How can such a formulation lead to computations?' doesn't bother me in the least! Throughout my whole life as a mathematician, the possibility of making explicit, elegant computations has always come out by itself, as a byproduct of a thorough conceptual understanding of what was going on. Thus I never bothered about whether what would come out would be suitable for this or that, but just tried to understand - and it always turned out that understanding was all that mattered.

  • The whole of mathematics consists in the organization of a series of aids to the imagination in the process of reasoning.

  • Junior colleges are high schools with ashtrays.

  • I was a high school throw-out.

  • In high school, my desire for friendship far outweighed my talent for it.

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