A mathematician and physicist, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 for her work on the nuclear shell structure.
Selected Maria Goeppert Mayer Quotations
• For a long time I have considered even the craziest ideas about atom nucleus... and suddenly I discovered the truth.
• Mathematics began to seem too much like puzzle solving. Physics is puzzle solving, too, but of puzzles created by nature, not by the mind of man.
• On winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, 1963: Winning the prize wasn't half as exciting as doing the work itself.
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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.
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