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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 12:40 pm 
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Did actually Niels Bohr say "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future"? According to www.quotationspage.com / Michael Moncur's (Cynical) Quotations he did, but the Danish don't (the famous physicist Niels Bohr was Danish). I have checked the major Danish/Norwegian quotation dictionary and the national Ask-a-Librarian service, and they agree. The closest they come is a late MP suggesting its orgin in the parliament in the 1930ies, but he could give no name. However there is no doubt the q. was made known and famous by the Danish artist and humorist Storm P. : http://w1.901.telia.com/~u90112985/storm-p/

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I agree that the attribution should say "attributed."
And who is Storm P.?

http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/info_ ... hought.htm
also attributed to Mark Twain
http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~histor ... Niels.html
"often attributed"
attributed to Einstein
Yogi Berra used to say, "Prediction is very hard…especially when it’s about the future."

“How wonderful we have met with a paradox, now we have some hope of making progress”
~Niels Bohr

“It is pretty clear, if reality does not determine the measured value, at least the measurable value determines reality”
~ E. Schrodinger
http://www.maths.nottingham.ac.uk/perso ... sld015.htm

"We in the audience are all agreed that your theory is crazy. But what divides us is whether it is crazy enough."
~ NIELS BOHR, after listening to Wolfgang Pauli present a theory of everything.

Quotes on predicting the future
http://www.nonstopenglish.com/reading/Q ... iction.asp

I was surprised to see the quote "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future" attributed to Niels Bohr and although a Google search confirms it I'm pretty sure it was actually Storm P. who said it.

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