Materials Quotes: 013

If in some cataclysm all scientific knowledge were to be destroyed and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis that all things are made of atoms – little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. In that one sentence, you will see there is an enormous amount of information about the world, if just a little imagination and thinking are applied.

Richard Feynman about Interatomic Forces, in Feynman’s Lectures in Physics, Vol I


About Shankara

Trying to figure out how things are in the way they are using man-made theories, models, algorithms, programs and computers. In short, I am a computational materials scientist.
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