Ernest Rutherford Quotes

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Ernest Rutherford Quotes

I congratulate you both on a fine piece of work which I am sure will ultimately prove of importance. I am personally very much interested in your results ... In the past I have tried a number of experiments ... but without any success.
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All science is either physics or stamp collecting.

— Ernest Rutherford

If your experiment needs a statistician, you need a better experiment.

— Ernest Rutherford

Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It's time to start thinking.

— Ernest Rutherford

We haven't got the money, so we'll have to think

— Ernest Rutherford

I've just finished reading some of my early papers, and you know, when I'd finished I said to myself, 'Rutherford, my boy, you used to be a damned clever fellow.' (1911)

— Ernest Rutherford

Now I know what the atom looks like.

— Ernest Rutherford

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 1012 to 1.

— Ernest Rutherford

Every good laboratory consists of first rate men working in great harmony to insure the progress of science; but down at the end of the hall is an unsociable, wrong-headed fellow working on unprofitable lines, and in his hands lies the hope of discovery.

— Ernest Rutherford

It was almost as incredible as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back to hit you.

— Ernest Rutherford

We haven't got the money, so we've got to think.

— Ernest Rutherford

When we have found how the nucleus of atoms is built up we shall have found the greatest secret of all - except life. We shall have found the basis of everything - of the earth we walk on, of the air we breathe, of the sunshine, of our physical body itself, of everything in the world, however great or however small - except life.

— Ernest Rutherford

The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine.

— Ernest Rutherford

Radioactivity is shown to be accompanied by chemical changes in which new types of matter are being continually produced ... The conclusion is drawn that these chemical changes must be sub-atomic in character.

— Ernest Rutherford

I congratulate you both on a fine piece of work which I am sure will ultimately prove of importance. I am personally very much interested in your results ... In the past I have tried a number of experiments ... but without any success.

— Ernest Rutherford

Don't let me catch anyone talking about the Universe in my department.

— Ernest Rutherford

You know, I am sorry for the poor fellows that haven't got labs to work in.

— Ernest Rutherford

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