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What happens depends on our way of observing it or on the fact that we observe it.

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What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

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Every word or concept, clear as it may seem to be, has only a limited range of applicability.

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A consistent pursuit of classical physics forces a transformation in the very heart of that physics.

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We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

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Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature; it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves.

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The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite.

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Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word 'understanding'.

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The problems of language here are really serious. We wish to speak in some way about the structure of the atoms. But we cannot speak about atoms in ordinary language.

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The violent reaction on the recent development of modern physics can only be understood when one realises that here the foundations of physics have started moving; and that this motion has caused the feeling that the ground would be cut from science.

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