"The smallest particles of matter were said [by Plato] to be right-angled triangles which, after combining in pairs...joined together into the regular bodies of solid geometry; cubes, tetrahedrons, octahedrons and icosahedrons. These four bodies were said to be the building blocks of the four elements, earth, fire, air and water...[The] whole thing seemed to be wild speculation...Even so, I was enthralled by the idea that the smallest particles of matter must reduce to some mathematical form...The most important result of it all, perhaps, was the conviction that, in order to interpret the material world we need to know something about its smallest parts."

— Werner Heisenberg [Recalling how as a teenager at school, he found Plato's Timaeus to be a memorable poetic and beautiful view of atoms.] From Werner Heisenberg and A.J. Pomerans (trans.) The Physicist's Conception of Nature (1958), 58-59. Quoted in Jagdish Mehra and Helmut Rechenberg, The Historical Development of Quantum Theory (2001), Vol. 2, 12. Cited in Mauro Dardo, Nobel Laureates and Twentieth-Century Physics (2004), 178.

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