One should keep the need for a sound mathematical basis dominating one's search for a new theory. Any physical or philosophical ideas that one has must be adjusted to fit the mathematics. Not the way round.
     Too many physicist are inclined to start from some preconceived physical ideas and then try to develop them and find a mathematical scheme that incorporates them. Such a line of attack is unlikely to lead to success. One runs onto difficulties and finds no reasonable way out of them. One ought then to realize that one's whole line of approach is wrong and to seek a new starting point with a sound mathematical basis.

P. A. M. Dirac (in Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Theory, Ac. Press, 1978)

Personal data

[Photo] Tamás Matolcsi
physicist, candidate of mathematical sciences

Department of Applied Analysis,
Roland Eötvös University, Budapest
Budapest, Pázmány Péter s. 1/c.
H-1117 Hungary
Tel.: (+36 1) 2090555 / 8435
E-mail.: matolcsi@ludens.elte.hu

Scientific activity

Mathematical Physics
Classical and quantum mechanics

Selected publications

Last updated: 13/06/05