Quote for Today: Edward Mills Purcell

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March 31, 2015 by katmcdaniel

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I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that this delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it. I remember, in the winter of our first experiments, just seven years ago, looking on snow with new eyes. There the snow lay around my doorstep — great heaps of protons quietly precessing in the earth’s magnetic field. To see the world for a moment as something rich and strange is the private reward of many a discovery.
Edward M. Purcell, Nobel Prize Lecture, 1952
Public Domain Image via Pixabay
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