Arthur Eddington Quote

If today you ask a physicist what he has finally made out the æther or the electron to be, the answer will not be a description in terms of billiard balls or fly-wheels or anything concrete; he will point instead to a number of symbols and a set of mathematical equations which they satisfy. What do the symbols stand for? The mysterious reply is given that physics is indifferent to that; it has no means of probing beneath the symbolism. To understand the phenomena of the physical world it is necessary to know the equations which the symbols obey but not the nature of that which is being symbolised.... this newer outlook has modified the challenge from the material to the spiritual world.


Science and the Unseen World (1929)

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If today you ask a physicist what he has finally made out the æther or the electron to be, the answer will not be a description in terms of billiard ...

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If today you ask a physicist what he has finally made out the æther or the electron to be, the answer will not be a description in terms of billiard ...

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If today you ask a physicist what he has finally made out the æther or the electron to be, the answer will not be a description in terms of billiard ...

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If today you ask a physicist what he has finally made out the æther or the electron to be, the answer will not be a description in terms of billiard ...