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Maria Goeppert-Mayer
(28 Jun 1906 - 20 Feb 1972)

German physicist who shared one-half of the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics with J. Hans D. Jensen of West Germany for their proposal of the shell nuclear model.


Science Quotes by Maria Goeppert-Mayer (2)

Mathematics began to seem too much like puzzle solving. Physics is puzzle solving, too, but of puzzles created by nature, not by the mind of man.
— Maria Goeppert-Mayer
Quoted in Joan Dash, 'Maria Goeppert-Mayer', A Life of One's Own, 252.
See also:  |  Mathematics (91)  |  Physics (25)

The shell model, although proposed by theoreticians, really corresponds to the experimentalist's approach. It was born from a thorough study of the experimental data, plotting them in different ways, and looking for interconnections.
— Maria Goeppert-Mayer
The Shell Model, Nobel Lecture
See also:  |  Experiment (88)



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