In a career that spanned forty years Gustav Kirchhoff made many contributions to the scientific world that including validating laws in thermochemistry, spectroscopy and electrical circuitry. His circuit laws which he started when still a student, are still in use today and they became his doctoral dissertation. In collaboration with Robert Bunsen at the University of Heidelberg, they made many new discoveries including caesium and rubidium. From some of the finest minds come some of the finest lines to remember, so here is my compilation of six of the best Gustav Kirchhoff quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Gustav Robert Kirchhoff
- Born: 12th March 1824, Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia
- Died: 17th October 1887, Berlin, Prussia, German Empire
- Alma Mater: University of Königsberg
- Occupation: Physicist
- Famous for: He gave major contributions to understanding electrical circuits, spectroscopy, and the emission of black-body radiation
- Trivia: Kirchhoff's circuit laws is named after him
"Look here, I have succeeded at last in fetching some gold from the sun"
"That there are such limits to our knowledge of nature, must be borne with patience by every sound mind whether he be a scientist or a workman"
"There is a science called mechanics, whose object is to determine the motion of bodies when the causes that occasion them are known"
"I can only advise you to leave off all impossible aspirations and trying to conceive things that are beyond conception"
"Mechanics is the science of motion; its object may be stated to be to describe in the most complete and simple way the motion that takes place in nature"
"Why do you want to come into physics? All is done and understood"