Shut Up Quotes (2 quotes)
If I were forced to sum up in one sentence what the Copenhagen interpretation says to me, it would be â€śShut up and calculate!â€ť
In column, 'Reference Frame: Whatâ€™s Wrong with this Pillow', Physics Today (Apr 1989), 9. The Copenhagen interpretation refers to quantum mechanics. Mermin has since asked, 'Could Feynman Have Said This?', in Physics Today (May 2004), 10, if Richard Feynman may have used the â€śShut up and calculateâ€ť retort first, since there were numerous examples giving that attribution on the web. To date (6 Jun 2015), no response supporting Feynman as a source has ever been received by Mermin. This was confirmed in an email to the Webmaster, which stated, â€śNobody ever sent me any evidence that Feynman had said it. Iâ€™ve concluded that he didnâ€™t, but itâ€™s hard to prove a negative.â€ť The reasonable conclusion is that this would almost certainly be a misattribution by the so-called Matthew effect to a more-famous person. Even seen attributed to Paul Dirac! In a Physics Forum web post (28 May 2014) The Austrian remembers being taught by a QM lecturer who liked using the quote, but added: â€śthere is not much else to do in QM anyway.â€ť
When I was in college studying science, I found the experience fundamentally unsatisfying. I was continually oppressed by the feeling that my only role was to â€śshut up and learn.â€ť I felt there was nothing I could say to my instructors that they would find interesting. â€¦ As I sat in the science lecture hall, I was utterly silent. Thatâ€™s not a good state to be in when you are 19 years old.
In Understanding the Universe: An Inquiry Approach to Astronomy and the Nature of Scientific Research (2013), ix.