Enrico Fermi Quotes (11 quotes)
As quoted in: Newsday, 7 January 1990; Also quoted in: Hyperspace (1995) by Michio Kaku
“The fundamental point in fabricating a chain reacting machine is of course to see to it that each fission produces a certain number of neutrons and some of these neutrons will again produce fission.”
Collected Papers: (Note E Memorie). (1962 edition)
“There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.”
As quoted in Nuclear Principles in Engineering (2005) by Tatjana Jevremovic, p. 397
When asked what characteristics Nobel prize winning physicists had in common. As quoted in Physics Today (October 1994), p. 70.
Comment to Eugene Wigner, ten days before his death from cancer, as quoted in The collected works of Eugene Paul Wigner (1992), p. 108
“[Announcement during first controlled nuclear chain reaction:] The reaction is self-sustaining.”
2 December 1942. As quoted in: Corbin Allardice and Edward R. Trapnell, The First Pile (1949)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsEnrico Fermi
Born: September 29, 1901
Died: November 28, 1954 (aged 53)
Bio: Enrico Fermi was an Italian-born, naturalized American physicist particularly known for his work on the development of the first nuclear reactor, Chicago Pile-1, and for his contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. He was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity.
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