Quote of the moment: Wolfgang Pauli, “not even wrong.”

Wolfgang Pauli, circa 1945 - Nobel Foundation photo

Photograph of Wolfgang Pauli, circa 1945; photo from Nobel Foundation.

That’s not right. It’s not even wrong.

Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958), as quoted by R. Peierls

From Wikipedia:

Peierls (1960) writes of Pauli, “… a friend showed him the paper of a young physicist which he suspected was not of great value but on which he wanted Pauli’s views. Pauli remarked sadly ‘That’s not right. It’s not even wrong'”.  (Peierls  R  (1960). “Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, 1900-1958”. Biographical memoirs of fellows of the Royal Society 5: 174-92. Royal Society (Great Britain))

Pauli won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1945:  “At this stage of the development of atomic theory, Wolfgang Pauli made a decisive contribution through his discovery in 1925 of a new law of Nature, the exclusion principle or Pauli principle. The 1945 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Pauli for this discovery.”

116 Responses to Quote of the moment: Wolfgang Pauli, “not even wrong.”

  1. Black Flag® says:


    You are absolutely correct, that fascism is a natural outcome of Socialist policies – it is the application of overt violence upon the people for the purpose of the State instead of the soft violence of coercion that is the standard for the modern socialists.

    But they are borne from the same cloth.


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