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Professor Calvin W. Johnson

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The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve.  -- Eugene Wigner


Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. - Werner von Braun.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.-- Thomas Edison.

Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work. -- Thomas Edison


A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. -- Albert Einstein


Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. -- Einstein


Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.-- Einstein


Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler. -- Einstein


If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? -- Einstein


It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young. -- Konrad Lorenz


The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.   -- Richard Hamming


The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. -- Richard Feynman

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. -- Paul Dirac


One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem. -- Stephen Hawking


An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them. -- Werner Heisenberg


I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them. -- Carl Friedrich Gauss


Errors are not in the art but in the artificers.- Isaac Newton


In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last. -- Hugh Walpole


The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' -- Isaac Asimov


Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.--Niels Bohr