Roger Penrose quote

"As you say, the way string theory requires all these extra dimensions and this comes from certain consistency requirements about how string should behave and so on."

Roger Penrose

Born: August 8, 1931

Occupation: Physicist

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As you say, the way string theory requires all these extra dimensions and this comes from certain consistency requirements about how string should behave and so on.

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Well, I don't know if I can comment on Kant or Hegel because I'm no real philosopher in the sense of knowing what these people have said in any detail so let me not comment on that too much.

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I was indeed very slow as a youngster.

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And these little things may not seem like much but after a while they take you off on a direction where you may be a long way off from what other people have been thinking about.

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It is always the case, with mathematics, that a little direct experience of thinking over things on your own can provide a much deeper understanding than merely reading about them.

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

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