Albert Messiah

French physicist

Albert Messiah (born 23 September 1921, Nice17 April 2013) is a French physicist. During the Second World War, he fought in the French Resistance. He authored a textbook on quantum mechanics that trained generations of French physicists.


  • Il y avait un nombre important de questions que je m'étais posées et, comme vous le savez, lorsqu'on se pose vraiment les questions, on donne de meilleures réponses que si l'on se contente de lire les réponses convenues.
    • There were a significant number of questions I had asked myself and, as you know, when you really ask yourself the questions, you give better answers than if we merely read the conventional answers.
    • explaining how he came to write his textbook on quantum mechanics, in Descente au coeur de la matière, an interview edited by Stéphane Deligeorges (1984). Le monde quantique. Editions du Seuil, Sciences et Avenir. p. 111. ISBN 2020089084. 

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