Quotes by: Edward Teller

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Edward Teller
Teller in 1958 as Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Born (1908-01-15)January 15, 1908
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died September 9, 2003(2003-09-09) (aged 95)
Stanford, California, United States
Residence United States
Nationality
Hungarian American (from March 6, 1941)
Fields Physics (theoretical)
Institutions
George Washington University University of Göttingen Bohr Institute University College London Manhattan Project University of Chicago Florida Institute of Technology University of California, Davis University of California, Berkeley Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Hoover Institution
Alma mater
University of Karlsruhe University of Leipzig
Doctoral advisor Werner Heisenberg
Doctoral students
Chen Ning Yang Lincoln Wolfenstein Marshall Rosenbluth Charles Critchfield
Other notable students Jack Steinberger
Known for
Jahn–Teller effect Ashkin–Teller model Hydrogen bomb
Notable awards
1982 National Medal of Science 1980 Eringen Medal 1975 Harvey Prize 1962 Enrico Fermi Award 1958 Albert Einstein Award
Spouse
Augusta Maria Harkanyi
(1934–2000 (her death))
Children Paul Teller & Wendy Teller

I tried to contribute to the defeat of the Soviets. If I contributed 1%, it is 1% of something enormous.
Edward Teller
A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.
Edward Teller
My experience has been in a short 77 years that in the end when you fight for a desperate cause and have good reasons to fight, you usually win.
Edward Teller
Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.
Edward Teller
No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect.
Edward Teller
The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.
Edward Teller
Had we not pursued the hydrogen bomb, there is a very real threat that we would now all be speaking Russian. I have no regrets.
Edward Teller
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