Roger Penrose quote

"We have a closed circle of consistency here: the laws of physics produce complex systems, and these complex systems lead to consciousness, which then produces mathematics, which can then encode in a succinct and inspiring way the very underlying laws of physics that gave rise to it."

Roger Penrose

Born: August 8, 1931

Occupation: Physicist

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My own way of thinking is to ponder long and I hope deeply on problems and for a long time which I keep away for years and years and I never really let them go.

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Ambition, idly vain; revenge and malice swell her train.

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