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John Archibald Wheeler

Fecha de nacimiento: 9. Julio 1911
Fecha de muerte: 13. Abril 2008

John Archibald Wheeler fue un físico teórico estadounidense. Se doctoró en la Universidad Johns Hopkins. Hizo importantes avances en la física teórica.

Entre sus trabajos importantes está la introducción de la matriz S que es indispensable en física de partículas. Además fue uno de los pioneros en la teoría de fisión nuclear.

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John Archibald Wheeler

Frases John Archibald Wheeler

„Existen muchas formas de pensar sobre el mundo que nos rodea y nuestro lugar en él. Me gusta considerar todos los ángulos desde los que podemos ganar perspectiva sobre nuestro increíble universo y la naturaleza de la existencia.“

—  John Archibald Wheeler, Geons

Fuente: Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics‎ p. 153 http://books.google.es/books?id=zGFkK2tTXPsC&lpg=PA1&hl=es&pg=PA153#v=onepage&q&f=false.

„El tiempo es lo que evita que todo suceda a la vez.“

—  John Archibald Wheeler

Wheeler citó este dicho en Complexity, Entropy, and the Physics of Information, p. 10 http://books.google.com/books?id=mdjsOeTgatsC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA10#v=onepage&q&f=false, con una nota a pie de página atribuyéndola a un "grafiti en el servicio de hombres del café The Pecan Street Cafe, en Austin, Texas". Publicaciones más tardías, como en 1995 el libro de Paul Davies, About Time (p. 236), atribuyeron a Wheeler variaciones de esta frase, aunque el dicho es en realidad mucho más antiguo. La fuente más antigua conocida es de 1922; en la novela de ciencia ficción de Ray Cummings, The Girl in the Golden Atom, http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21094: " 'Time,' he said, 'is what keeps everything from happening at once.' Según Science-Fiction: The Early Years, de Everett F. Bleiler, p. 171 http://books.google.com/books?id=KEZxhkG5eikC&pg=PA171, la novela fue una composición de dos historias anteriores publicadas en 1919 y 1920. También aparece en su novela de 1929, The Man Who Mastered Time http://books.google.com/books?id=YdZEAAAAYAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22#search_anchor. Aparte de la de Cummings, la aparición más temprana es de 1962, en Film Facts: Volume 5, p. 48 http://books.google.com/books?id=sr0vAQAAIAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22.
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„The question is—what is the question?“

—  John Archibald Wheeler

Leonard Susskind, The Black Hole War (2008), chapter 13

„I had the good fortune of having my first and only heart attack last January … I call it good fortune because it taught me that there's a limited amount of time left and I better concentrate on one thing: How come existence? How come the quantum? Maybe those questions sound too philosophical, but maybe philosophy is too important to be left to the philosophers.“

—  John Archibald Wheeler

As quoted by Amanda Gefter (from the symposium in honor of Wheeler's 90th birthday) [Trespassing on Einstein's lawn: a father, a daughter, the meaning of nothing, and the beginning of everything, 2014, https://books.google.com/books?id=NUMkAAAAQBAJ]

„There are many modes of thinking about the world around us and our place in it. I like to consider all the angles from which we might gain perspective on our amazing universe and the nature of existence.“

—  John Archibald Wheeler, Geons

[John Archibald Wheeler, Kenneth William Ford, Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics‎, W. W. Norton & Company, 2000, 0393319911, 153]

„Spacetime tells matter how to move; matter tells spacetime how to curve.“

—  John Archibald Wheeler

Wheeler's succinct summary of Einstein's theory of general relativity, in Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam (2000), p. 235. http://books.google.com/books?id=zGFkK2tTXPsC&lpg=PA1&pg=PA235

„We are participators in bringing into being not only the near and here but the far away and long ago. We are in this sense, participators in bringing about something of the universe in the distant past and if we have one explanation for what's happening in the distant past why should we need more?“

—  John Archibald Wheeler

"The Anthropic Universe" http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/the-anthropic-universe/3302686 (Feb 18, 2006) Australia's Science Show, with Martin Redfern moderating excerpts from several scientists, including Wheeler. Audio recording http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2006/02/ssw_20060218_1200.mp3 and transcript available. See also same show at WayBack Machine, https://web.archive.org/web/20080616183602/http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/ss/stories/s1572643.htm Internet archive.org.

„… we can afford many mistakes in the search. The main thing is to make as fast as possible.“

—  John Archibald Wheeler

As quoted by Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and Wojciech H. Zurek. "John Wheeler, relativity, and quantum information." https://authors.library.caltech.edu/15184/1/Misner2009p1638Phys_Today.pdf Physics Today 62, no. 4 (April 2009): 40–46 (quote from p. 44) [10.1063/1.3120895]

„Time is nature's way to keep everything from happening all at once.“

—  John Archibald Wheeler

Wheeler quoted this saying in Complexity, Entropy, and the Physics of Information (1990), p. 10 http://books.google.com/books?id=mdjsOeTgatsC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA10#v=onepage&q&f=false, with a footnote attributing it to "graffiti in the men's room of the Pecan Street Cafe, Austin, Texas". Later publications, such as Paul Davies' 1995 book About Time (p. 236), credited Wheeler with variations of this saying, but the quip is actually much older. The earliest known source is Ray Cummings' 1922 science fiction novel The Girl in the Golden Atom, http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21094 Ch. V: " 'Time,' he said, 'is what keeps everything from happening at once.' " It also appears in his 1929 novel The Man Who Mastered Time. http://books.google.com/books?id=YdZEAAAAYAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22#search_anchor The earliest known occurrence other than Cummings is from 1962 in Film Facts: Volume 5, p. 48 http://books.google.com/books?id=sr0vAQAAIAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22.
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