# Eugene Wigner Quotes

A much more difficult and confusing situation would arise if we could, some day, establish a theory of the phenomena of consciousness, or of biology, which would be as coherent and convincing as our present theories of the inanimate world.

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)

It is difficult to avoid the impression that a miracle confronts us here, quite comparable in its striking nature to the miracle that the human mind can string a thousand arguments together without getting itself into contradictions, or to the two miracles of laws of nature and of the human mind's capacity to divine them.

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)

It is important to point out that the mathematical formulation of the physicist’s often crude experience leads in an uncanny number of cases to an amazingly accurate description of a large class of phenomena.

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)

The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve. We should be grateful for it and hope that it will remain valid in future research and that it will extend, for better or for worse, to our pleasure, even though perhaps also to our bafflement, to wide branches of learning.

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)

It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too.

Quoted in Physics Today, July 1993

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

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