Philip W. Anderson, In Memoriam

FITZGERALD: The rich are different from us.
HEMINGWAY: Yesf they have more money.

The ability to reduce everything to simple fundamental laws does not imply the ability to start from those laws and reconstruct the universe. In fact, the more the elementary particle physicists tell us about the nature of the fundamental laws the less relevance they seem to have to the very real problems of the rest of science, much less to those of society.

Anderson, Philip W. «More is different». Science 177, n.º 4047 (1972): 393–396.

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