„We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be.“

Sir Douglas Robb Lectures, University of Auckland (1979); lecture 1, "Photons: Corpuscles of Light" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLQ2atfqk2c&t=48m01s
Contexte: We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be. … She's always got better imagination than we have.

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