Talk:Niels Bohr

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No published sources were found for these, and they should not be returned to the article without citation of reliable sources.
  • It is better to not understand something true, than to understand something false.
  1. "The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."

"It is the hallmark of any deep truth that its negation is also a deep truth."

While these statements seem profound themselves, I cannot come up with an example. Any ideas?


As quoted by Edward Teller (10 October 1972), and A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (1991) by Alan L. Mackay, p. 35 imho does not conform to WQ:SOURCE. If eager for variants, why not take and from Teller's memoirs? 19:28, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

We have long included common variant forms, paraphrases, or alternate translations of sourced quotes along with those forms that are sourced to the earliest, and therefore most likely accurate forms. This can be helpful in many ways, one of them being the likelihood that people will find this site in internet searches using alternate forms, and therefore most likely to find those forms most likely to be most accurate. Thus, I certainly have no objections to variants you might find from being added. ~ Kalki·· 19:55, 2 February 2012 (UTC) + tweaks

"It works even if you don't believe in it"Edit

The page used to say that the earliest account traced so far is some 1974 one, but even a cursory Google search throws up older ones:

There is another amusing story illustrating Bohr's whimsey. Above the front door of his country cottage in Tisvilde he nailed a horseshoe, which is proverbially instrumental in bringing luck. Seeing it, a visitor exclaimed: "Being as great a scientist as you are do you really believe that a horeshoe above the entrance to a home brings good luck?" "No," answered Bohr, "I certainly do not believe in this superstition. But you know," he added with a smile, "they say that it does bring luck even if you don't believe in it!"

I've removed the claim of "the earliest account thus far located", but unsure if we should do something more. I don't really think this is disputed, if so many sources say it... shreevatsa (talk) 05:25, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Predicting the pastEdit

The current page says "The Danish source, used by Bohr and Petersen, has been traced back to Markus M. Ronner in 1918 by lundskovdk-citater.". This is not what the cited page says at all; in fact, it offers a link to German Wikipedia that indicates that Ronner was not born until 1938. 03:53, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

"Cannot be regarded as real"Edit

Cannot be regarded as realEdit

I see this quote often attributed to Bohr on the internet:

Everything we call real is made of things which cannot be regarded as real.

For example, at "ht tp://www.brainy" and here. Can we come up with a proper citation? I'd like to see solid proof that this was said by Bohr. Or could it possibly be a variant translation of another quote already given in this article? 12:51, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

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