Isidor Isaac Rabi

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I think physicists are the Peter Pans of the human race. They never grow up, and they keep their curiosity.

Isidor Isaac Rabi (July 29, 1898January 11, 1988) was a Galician-born physicist, and Nobel laureate.


  • My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist.
    • As quoted in "Great Minds Start With Questions" in Parents Magazine (September 1993).
  • Who ordered *that*?
    • In response to news that the recently discovered Muon was not the Hadron which theorists had predicted, but a new and entirely unexpected type of Lepton.[1]

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  1. SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY; WHO ORDERED THE MUON?, by Marcia Bartusiak, in The New York Times; published September 27, 1987; retrieved August 30, 2016.