Philip Warren Anderson

Philip Warren Anderson

Philip Warren Anderson (born 13 December 1923) is an American theoretical physicist.


  • “Of course I am not religious—I don’t in fact see how any scientist who thinks at all deeply can be so”.
    • In More and Different: Notes from a Thoughtful Curmudgeon", Page 133.[1]
  • “We atheists can . . . argue that, with the modern revolution in attitudes toward homosexuals, we have become the only group that may not reveal itself in normal social discourse”.
    • in More And Different: Notes from a Thoughtful Curmudgeon", Page 177.[2]
  • It is seen as the application of a systematic “scientific method” involving wearing a white coat and being dull. I feel that too many young people come into science with this view, and that too many fields degenerate into the kind of work which results: automatic crank-turning and data-collecting of the sort which Kuhn calls “normal science” and Rutherford “stamp-collecting”. In fact, the creation of new science is a creative act, literally, and people who are not creative are not very good at it.
    • in Some ideas on the Aesthetics of Science, address presented by Philip W. Anderson as the Nishina Memorial Lecture at the 50th Anniversary Seminar of the Faculty of Science&Technology, at Keio University (Tokyo), on May 18, 1989.
  • My belief is based on the fact that string theory is the first science in hundreds of years to be pursued in pre-Baconian fashion, without any adequate experimental guidance.

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