89,960. The most important [reason] is that there are no other good ideas around. That’s what gets most people into it. When people started to get interested in string theory they didn’t know anything about it. In fact, the first reaction of most people is that the theory is extremely ugly and unpleasant, at least that was the case a few years ago when the understanding of string theory was much less developed. It was difficult for people to learn about it and to be turned on. So I think the real reason why people have got attracted by it is because there is no other game in town. All other approaches of constructing grand unified theories, which were more conservative to begin with, and only gradually became more and more radical, have failed, and this game hasn’t failed yet. (String Theory & Theory of Everything) David Gross
91,034. The most cherished goal in physics, as in bad romance novels, is unification. Lee Smolin, The Trouble with Physics
91,035. For decades scientists have been searching for one cohesive all-encompassing theory, one that would unite Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, which explains how gravity works over long scales with Quantum Physics, the science of the tiniest matter. Together, these two great theories explain everything humanity knows so far about the cosmos. But, like a cartoon cat and mouse, they’re at war with one another. (Theory of Everything & Quantum Theory & Theories of Relativity) The Universe: Parallel Universes
91,036. D’oh! We may never decode the universe: the human brain has possibly reached its limits. Reece, Sunday Times article 13th June 2010
91,698. It was lovely talking to you, and I hope you find your equation. The Theory of Everything 2014 starring Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones & Charlie Cox & Emily Watson & Simon McBurney & David Thewlis & Maxine Peake & Harry Lloyd & Charlotte Hope et al, director James Marsh, bird to Hawking
91,701. ‘I could only do nine.’ ibid. Hawking to teacher
91,702. ‘I had a slight problem with the whole celestial dictator premise.’ (Theory of Everything & God) ibid. Hawking to bird
91,705. ‘He averaged an hour, an hour a day he averaged.’ (Theory of Everything & Study) ibid. friend at celebration dinner
91,706. ‘Was it something I said, professor?’ (Theory of Everything & Say) ibid.
92,337. Einstein relentlessly sought a single theory so powerful it would describe all the workings of the universe. (Universe & String Theory & Theory of Everything) Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe I, PBS
92,338. String theory says we may be living in a universe ... of eleven dimensions with parallel universes right next door. (Universe & String Theory & Theory of Everything) ibid.
92,339. This is the goal of string theory: to unify our understanding of everything. (Universe & String Theory & Theory of Everything) ibid.
92,340. With string theory we think we may have found a way to unite our theory of the large and our theory of the small. (Universe & String Theory & Theory of Everything) ibid.
98,658. Einstein’s 1935 attack on quantum theory produced a front-page headline in The New York Times and has never been satisfactorily refuted; indeed, as of the mid-1990s, the latest experimentational evidence has breathed new life into the critique.
His greater preoccupation was the ultimate task of uniting the phenomena of light and gravity into a single theory. Einstein never was able, as one biographer put it, to ‘accept that the universe was fragmented into relativity on one side and quantum mechanics on the other.’ (Quantum Physics & Theories of Relativity & Theory of Everything & Einstein) Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
131,172. The founder of the Theosophic society … The outlandish ideas of Helena Patrovna Blavatsky centred on the idea that there was lost Aryan races which she claimed had perished with the destruction of the lost city of Atlantis. (Nazis & Occult & New Age & Cult & Secret Society & Myth & Theosophic Society) Hitler’s Last Secrets s1e4: Hitler & the Occult, History 2019