Talk:Murray Gell-Mann

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"Imagine hard physics would be if electrons could think"


Because of a related quote attributed to Feynman, I wonder whether the quote above is correctly attributed to Gell-Mann. It is (first?) quoted in Page S.E. (1999), “Computational models from A to Z”, in: Complexity, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 35–41 with reference to Gell Mann, M. The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex; W.H. Freeman: New York, 1994. I have no access to this book, and Page does not provide a page (no pun intended). - 10:09, 17 August 2016 (UTC)Reply

Between December 15, 2023, and January 5, 2024 the Santa Fe Institute Press provide(s/d) a free, online, copy of the book "The Quark & The Jaguar" (link: A (quick) search within the book doesn't yield any such quote. 06:47, 2 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

"That which is not forbidden is mandatory."


"no citations of original source has yet been located" -- Wikipedia cites -- the phrasing is different, but the sense is there well enough to show why the quote has been attributed to him. -- 20:57, 8 September 2017 (UTC)Reply