September 29, 1901 - November 28, 1954

12 Greatest Quotes By Enrico Fermi

Ignorance is never better than knowledge. Enrico Fermi
Before I came here I was confused about this subject. Having listened to your lecture I am still confused. But on a higher level. Enrico Fermi
There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. Enrico Fermi
If I could remember the names of all these particles, I'd be a botanist. Enrico Fermi
I remember my friend Johnny von Neumann used to say, 'with four parameters I can fit an elephant and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.'. Enrico Fermi
Whatever Nature has in store for mankind, unpleasant as it may be, men must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge. Enrico Fermi
Experimental confirmation of a prediction is merely a measurement. An experiment disproving a prediction is a discovery. Enrico Fermi
It does not say in the Bible that all laws of nature are expressible linearly! Enrico Fermi
Never underestimate the joy people derive from hearing something they already know. Enrico Fermi
[on what characteristics Nobel prize winning physicists had in common] I cannot think of a single one, not even intelligence. Enrico Fermi
When asked what he meant by a miracle: Oh, anything with a probability of less than 20%. Enrico Fermi