Fritz Zwicky (February 14, 1898 – February 8, 1974) was a Swiss astronomer. He worked most of his life at the California Institute of Technology in the United States of America, where he made many important contributions in theoretical and observational astronomy.
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- To eliminate the discrepancy between men's plans and the results achieved, a new approach is necessary. Morphological thinking suggests that this new approach cannot be realized through increased teaching of specialized knowledge. This morphological analysis suggests that the essential fact has been overlooked that every human is potentially a genius. Education and dissemination of knowledge must assume a form which allows each student to absorb whatever develops his own genius, lest he become frustrated. The same outlook applies to the genius of the peoples as a whole.
- Fritz Zwicky, Morphological astronomy, The Observatory, Vol. 68, p. 121-143 (1948).
- I myself can think of a dozen ways to annihilate all living persons within one hour.
- Fritz Zwicky, cited in "Idea Man", by Stephen M. Maurer; published in Beam Line (Winter 2001, Vol. 31, No. 1)
Quotes about Fritz Zwicky
- A cluster of galaxies gave the first hints of dark matter (in the modern sense). In 1933, F. Zwicky inferred from measurements of the velocity dispersion in the Coma cluster, a mass-to-light ratio of around 400 solar masses per solar luminoisity, thus exceeding the ratio in the solar neighborhood by two orders of magnitude.
- Bertone, Gianfranco; Hooper, Dan; Silk, Joseph (1 February 2008). "Particle Dark Matter: Evidence, Candidates and Constraints (version v2)". ArXiv.org. (p. 19)