Atom Quotes

At quite uncertain times and places, The atoms left their heavenly path, And by fortuitous embraces, Engendered all that being hath.

The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions.

As for the atomic bomb itself, I believe it is the greatest of all American inventions, and one of the imperishable glories of Christianity. It surpasses the burning of heretics on all counts, but especially on the count that it has given the world an entirely new disease, to wit, galloping carcinoma. I have been […]

You can’t hug your kids with nuclear arms.

When the bomb is detonated in the middle of a city, it is as though a small piece of the sun has been instantly created. (Testimony before Senate Special Committee on Atomic Energy, December 6, 1945)

I think that if the atomic bomb did nothing more, it scared the people to the point where they realized that either they must do something about preventing war or there is a chance that there might be a morning when we would not wake up.

Talk softly please. I have been engaged in experiments which suggest that the atom can be artificially disintegrated. If it is true, it is of far greater importance than a war. (comment when criticised for not attending a meeting in 1919 to discuss new anti-submarine defense systems.)

Molecule, n.: The ultimate, indivisible unit of matter. It is distinguished from the corpuscle, also the ultimate, indivisible unit of matter, by a closer resemblance to the atom, also the ultimate, indivisible unit of matter… The ion differs from the molecule, the corpuscle and the atom in that it is an ion.

Once upon a time I was riding in an automobile with a radio and a most objectionable and rich young man and my pregnant wife when the announcement came of the first atomic bomb. The young man, who would have been objectionable even if not rich, said “It’s impossible. You can’t split the atom.” My […]

Three great scientific theories of the structure of the universe are the molecular, the corpuscular and the atomic. A fourth affirms, with Haeckel, the condensation or precipitation of matter from ether – whose existence is proved by the condensation or precipitation… A fifth theory is held by idiots, but it is doubtful if they know […]