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By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

[From uranium] there are present at least two distinct types of radiation one that is very readily absorbed, which will be termed for convenience the α radiation, and the other of a more penetrative character, which will be termed the β radiation.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

I think a strong claim can be made that the process of scientific discovery may be regarded as a form of art. This is best seen in the theoretical aspects of Physical Science. The mathematical theorist builds up on certain assumptions and according to well understood logical rules, step by step, a stately edifice, while his imaginative power brings out clearly the hidden relations between its parts. A well constructed theory is in some respects undoubtedly an artistic production. A fine example is the famous Kinetic Theory of Maxwell. ... The theory of relativity by Einstein, quite apart from any question of its validity, cannot but be regarded as a magnificent work of art.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

If your experiment needs a statistician, you need a better experiment.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

I came into the room, which was half dark, and presently spotted Lord Kelvin in the audience and realised that I was in for trouble at the last part of my speech dealing with the age of the earth, where my views conflicted with his. To my relief, Kelvin fell fast asleep, but as I came to the important point, I saw the old bird sit up, open an eye and cock a baleful glance at me! Then a sudden inspiration came, and I said Lord Kelvin had limited the age of the earth, provided no new source (of energy) was discovered. That prophetic utterance refers to what we are now considering tonight, radium! Behold! the old boy beamed upon me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It is time to start thinking.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

Don't let me catch anyone talking about the Universe in my department.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

That which is not measurable is not science. That which is not physics is stamp collecting.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

It was almost as incredible as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

We haven't got the money, so we've got to think.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

You know, I am sorry for the poor fellows that haven't got labs to work in.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

We are rather like children, who must take a watch to pieces to see how it works.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

I must confess it was very unexpected and I am very startled at my metamorphosis into a chemist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

The greatest contributor to the feeling of tension and fear of war arose from the power of the bombing aeroplane. If all nations would consent to abolish air bombardment . . . that would mean the greatest possible release from fear.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

Gentlemen, now you will see that now you see nothing. And why you see nothing you will see presently.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

Should a young scientist working with me come to me after two years of such work and ask me what to do next, I would advise him to get out of science. After two years of work, if a man does not know what to do next, he will never make a real scientist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

Now I know what the atom looks like.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

If, as I have reason to believe, I have disintegrated the nucleus of the atom, this is of greater significance than the war. [Apology to the international anti-submarine committee for being absent from several meetings during World War I.]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

If, as I have reason to believe, I have disintegrated the nucleus of the atom, this is of greater significance than the war.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

The more physics you have the less engineering you need.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

The year 1896 ... marked the beginning of what has been aptly termed the heroic age of Physical Science. Never before in the history of physics has there been witnessed such a period of intense activity when discoveries of fundamental importance have followed one another with such bewildering rapidity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

Every good laboratory consists of first rate men working in great harmony to insure the progress of science; but down at the end of the hall is an unsociable, wrong-headed fellow working on unprofitable lines, and in his hands lies the hope of discovery.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

If your result needs a statistician then you should design a better experiment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

It is essential for men of science to take an interest in the administration of their own affairs or else the professional civil servant will step in - and then the Lord help you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

Radioactivity is shown to be accompanied by chemical changes in which new types of matter are being continually produced. .... The conclusion is drawn that these chemical changes must be sub-atomic in character.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

When we have found how the nucleus of atoms is built up we shall have found the greatest secret of all — except life. We shall have found the basis of everything — of the earth we walk on, of the air we breathe, of the sunshine, of our physical body itself, of everything in the world, however great or however small — except life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10-12 to 1.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

It was quite the most incredible event that has ever happened to me in my life. It was almost as incredible as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you. [Recalling in 1936 the discovery of the nucleus in 1909, when some alpha particles were observed instead of travelling through a very thin gold foil were seen to rebound backward, as if striking something much more massive than the particles themselves. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this discovery.]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

A good scientific theory should be explicable to a barmaid.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

Splitting the atom is like trying to shoot a gnat in the Albert Hall at night and using ten million rounds of ammunition on the off chance of getting it. That should convince you that the atom will always be a sink of energy and never a reservoir of energy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

All scientific men will be delighted to extend their warmest congratulations to Tesla and to express their appreciation of his great contributions to science.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

I congratulate you both on a fine piece of work which I am sure will ultimately prove of importance. I am personally very much interested in your results... In the past I have tried a number of experiments... but without any success.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

The only possible conclusion the social sciences can draw is: some do, some don't.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

I am a great believer in the simplicity of things and as you probably know I am inclined to hang on to broad & simple ideas like grim death until evidence is too strong for my tenacity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

From the results so far obtained it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the long-range atoms arising from collision of alpha particles with nitrogen are not nitrogen atoms but probably atoms of hydrogen, or atoms of mass 2. If this be the case, we must conclude that the nitrogen atom is disintegrated under the intense forces developed in a close collision with a swift alpha particle, and that the hydrogen atom which is liberated formed a constituent part of the nitrogen nucleus.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

When we consider the magnitude and extent of his discoveries and their influence on the progress of science and of industry, there is no honour too great to pay to the memory of Faraday, one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the ‘social sciences’ is: some do, some don’t.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Rutherford

The great object is to find the theory of the matter [of X-rays] before anyone else, for nearly every professor in Europe is now on the warpath.