Paul Dirac on poetry:
In physics you want to say something that nobody knew before,
in words which everyone can understand.
In poetry you are bound to say...something that everybody knows already
in words that nobody can understand.
Paul Dirac on ... optimal distance to look at a woman:
Once, at a party in Copenhagen, he proposed a theory according to which there must be a certain distance at which a woman's face looks its best. He argued that at d = infinite one cannot see anything anyway, while at d = 0 the oval of the face is deformed becaue of the small aperture of the human eye, and many other imperfections (such as small wrinkles) become exaggerated. Thus there is a certain optimum distance at which the face looks its best.
"Tell me, Paul," [Gamow, a Russian physicist] asked, "how close have you seen a woman's face?"
"Oh,"replied Dirac, holding his palms about two feet apart, "about that close."
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